In this previous post I shared my tried and true method to spring clean bookshelves. By the end of the cleaning spree there should be a pile of books that either you will not read again or that you have never read.
Here are a few ideas of what you can do with these unwanted books.
Option 1: Turn them into Cash
This option works well if you have a recent mega hit or a classic series that is in superb condition. I don't want to be the bearer of bad news but if your stack of books are mostly run of the mill paperbacks, they more than likely will not bring in many dollars.
Turn them into cash by listing them on Ebay. Sometimes I only make a dollar or five, but any money is better than none!
If Ebay is not your thing, you could take a box of unwanted books to a local used bookstore. This method has a faster turn around time than listing your books online. How much you make will be determined by individual bookstores and what books you have taken in. I have walked in with a huge box and made twenty dollars. Again, I believe any money is better than none!
Option 2: Give them away
Maybe going through the chore of listing books, mailing books or hauling them into a bookstore doesn't fit with how quickly you want these books gone.
May I then suggest you give them away?
In our area we have Goodwill stores. At Goodwill centers you can donate just about anything and it is tax deductible, if you list it all out. As an added bonus, these centers keep jobs in your local community. Check around to see if one is near you.
My personal favorite place to donate books is the library. Again, this is a tax write off, if you list them out and get it signed. Plus, you are supporting the love of reading for others!
My local library has a book sale corner in the library. Every time I go in I have to check out to see if I can grab a new to me book for only a dollar! They also host a huge used book sale twice a year- guess where they get the books to do this?!
Check and see if your local library could use your unwanted books.
Now the choice is yours- turn your unwanted books into cash or into a good deed by donating them. Either way your bookshelves are looking good!