The thrift store tour resumes tomorrow! I don’t have sponsors for many of the stops, so I am using funds from our account and hoping sponsors will miraculously appear in the next 24 hours.$50 sponsors a stop, and I’ll get 50-100 books for that amount. Here’s the plan:Atlanta – repeating the 2 most successful stops from the last leg of the tour:Goodwill PerimeterGoodwill Sandy SpringsMariettaGoodwill Roswell RoadKennessawGoodwill Cobb ParkwayTennesseeGoodwill, East Ridge (Sponsor: Athens Lunchtime Optimist Club)McKays Used Books, Chattanooga Goodwill, South Pittsburg (Sponsor: Athens Lunchtime Optimist Club)Goodwill, Manchester (Sponsor: Taylor A, Atlanta)Goodwill, Tullahoma (Sponsor: Model Citizen Salon, Athens)Goodwill, ShelbyvilleGoodwill, Hixson About halfway through the trip I’ll stop and visit my 92 year-old grandmother for a few days, and my aunt Linda is playing hostess for this leg.I’ll continue to hit the Athens, Winder and Atlanta Goodwills on a regular basis, but this is the last leg of the official tour until Thanksgiving, when I head south. Thank you everyone for your sponsorship and support!
We’re up to 1,667 books at an average price of $.71 per book, and what a learning experience the Thrift Store Tour has been. The first leg – though Milledgeville, Macon, and Warner Robins – was a mixed bag but was ultimately successful due to the Goodwill Good Reads store. Good Reads is a pilot program where Goodwill runs a bookstore-style operation in a coffeehouse setting. The children’s books are $1-$2 each (and are priced, interestingly, by size) but there are so many in one place that it’s a great stop. I stuck to $1 books to preserve my budget, and after 2 trips have gotten 334 books there. As I suspected, Atlanta was a gold mine – made even more so by generous donors who picked up the entire tabs at several stores, and the generosity of a few stores in extending their senior citizen discount to me even though I don’t qualify based on age. 974 books in 2 days! I’ll repeat this leg as often as funds (and time) permit.The surprise of the Atlanta tour was my stop in Winder. Wow what a selection of children’s books! 110 books from the Goodwill in the tiny town of Winder… I’ll be heading back for sure. The South Carolina > North Carolina > Tennessee leg was so strange. I planned to go to about 7 Goodwills in South Carolina, but abandoned my plan after discovering over-priced books in bad condition at my first 3 stops. It was also really time-consuming to find the stores in unfamiliar territory. I decided to move on in search of greener pastures. I headed up to western North Carolina and stopped in a few small towns, with much [...]