Bargain Basement Books

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Bargain Books   $1...$3 each!

Good authors, clean, most juvenile ex-libraries. Please send for an updated list if you are interested. These books are not listed online.


To remove spine labels: On newer shiny covers and bar codes, Ronsonol lighter fluid works quite easily; saturate the front and the back, and GENTLY rub off the glue with a paper towel. Sometimes a shiny surface must be removed first, and the softer layer in a second step. Older soft paper jackets take time and care. The glue on the labels does not respond to solvent, and even when the labels are removed a unfaded rectangle remains. We have removed them with emery boards and a razor blade, first lifting the edges and then working from the center. I don't recommend trying it.

Tape stains: There is nothing you can do about old tape stains, except resolve in the future to use the terribly expensive, reversible, German archival tape, Filmoplast P by Neschen, avilable from Brodart, which we use on all books.

Pockets and date slips can be carefully torn off. If a choice must be made, leave residue on the page rather than pulling off a layer of paper. You can then sand the area lightly, using very fine sandpaper or emery boards..

Some light library stamps can be sanded off, especially on study white endpapers. Don't try this with thin paper or coloured endpapers, and practice first. You will note that we write prices and control numbers in the center of the first white page. Pricing book on the upper right corner is a Bad Idea.

Other Bad Ideas: pasted down flaps, which usually cannot be lifted to put the jacket in a fresh protector. (Brodart recommends pasting down flaps to librarians !!!).  Also strapping tape.  Collectors do not attach jackets to books. If you have a small classroom or school library, run tape from one protector surface to another, touching the tiny part that meets the book top edge. Then attach the pocket and slip to the protector surface on the back flap. Your book will remain as new (and saleable if you discard it)

A lean on a book can be partially corrected by starting from the back of the book and opening and pressing page by page.

The old-fashioned library bindings can actually be cleaned with a damp cloth.

To clean grubby top edges: You can purchase various kinds of dry cleaning pads, but an art gum eraser, a Helix eraser, or a vinyl eraser all work quite well. Remember to remove the jacket before you start. Grasp the pages firmly so they form a solid block; clean that, then slant the pages to either side, still maintaining a firm block, and continue erasing;  feather out the part near the spine, which is impossible to reach.

Our books never have mold or insect damage. If you find either of these conditions, let us know and we will refund your costs. To us, they do not smell of tobacco, cats or mildew. If you detect a faint odor and want to keep the book, immerse it in clear crystalline kittie litter for a week. Otherwise contact us.

We never use bleach on our books because it will eventually destroy the fibers, but some people do, and it's your book!