Bargain Basement Books

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About 780 Bargain Books   $1...$3 each!


When we started this business, before the age of online bookselling, our aim was to supply school libraries with inexpensive books from recognized authors. We continued to buy these books for quite a few years. Many of them have sold and now it is time for the rest of them to find new homes! They are priced at the low end of the net, especially considering their nice condition and accurate listings (We do not grade ex-library books higher than Very Good) We will be adding to these lists.

As of January 2011, we no longer keep this list updated, but, because we have removed these books from abebooks, few will be sold. Send us your list and we will tell you what is available or suggest a substitute copy.


FOR FULL LISTINGS, Books are  organized into lists by AUTHOR LAST NAME.
$1 Books, note that "good" in bookseller's terms means not very good.
$2 Books, most quite nice
$3 Books, many non-exlibs that happened to have large print runs, or clean well known ex-libs.
See below for tips on cleaning ex-library books.

TO PRINT OUT OR SKIM, SEE Bargain List A-L Short Form & Bargain List M-Z Short Form. These lists contain the same books as the ones above but have only Control Number, Title, Author, and Price. Each list is about 6 pages printed. There are multiple copies of some books and you will need to look on the full lists to see the differences.

Order Size:
We cannot accept an order from this Bargain Basement List for less than $18.
You may combine $1, $2, and $3 books in one order.
Shipping is $3.50 for any sized order, media mail. Please do not request Priority.
Order $50 worth of books and we will charge you $40 plus $3.50. (What a bargain for homeschoolers!)

Order Process for Bargain Basement Books:

Email us at shprice@oldchildrensbooks.com, with the catalogue numbers of the books you request.
or
Call us at 503 838 5452, with the catalogue numbers of the books you request.
We will send you a confirmation email, with the total cost of the books in stock..
You will confirm the email and send or call in payment by CC, Paypal, or check.
We will ship on receipt of your credit card information, Paypal notification, or check.



Cleaning up ex-library books:

Clear protectors: We will cover jackets on Bargain Basement Books with new clear protectors for $1 each. Because we replace protectors that cause long term damage, some of these books already have new archival protectors. We won't charge you for books we have already worked on, but I'm afraid this is pretty much luck of the draw. We'll let you know the cost to refurbish the remainder of your order  if you ask.

To remove spine labels: On newer shiny covers and bar codes, Ronsonol lighter fluid works quite easily; saturate the front and the back, and 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 trying to lift the edges and then working from the center. I don't recommend trying it.

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.

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!