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A Thrift Store Education, Part II

Usually I'm a literary purist, but I *really* like this series of books. I started reading Oliver Twist and thought it was a faithful if simplified version of the original. The series does a great job of helping the younger student while maintaining the "voice" of the author. D and I began keeping an eye out for these at the thrift store about a year or so ago. Thankfully, the books are all pretty much the same size and have the same type, so they're easy to spot. Most of these were purchased for 50 cents each and yes, we have two copies of Oliver Twist and Heidi. When you have two children who enjoy reading at night together and following along, 50 more cents and an extra spot on the bookshelf isn't that big a deal. Robin Hood is in this series as well, but is currently hiding in a little box under Elf's bed.


  1. I see you found King Solomon's Mines. I just love that book! They are all good titles though.
    Congratulations on your very successful thrifting!

  2. I had a set of books just like those when I was a kid!

  3. I've never read it, Bronwyn, but just picked it up because it fit the collection LOL. I'll tell you what we think of it when we read it. :]

    Tracy, bet your mom didn't pay 50 cents for 'em! I couldn't imagine paying $10 each for these. They're nice, but nearly $10? Yowie.

  4. I should also emphasize that I did NOT find all these books at once. More often than not, I've left with nothing. :]

  5. I hit a lot of yard sales during the summer. Usually I'm looking for records (vinyl) and books for myself. Sometimes I have to buy books for school because they're so cheap and Scholastic doesn't offer anymore. Last summer I picked up a complete set of My Bookhouse for $5.00. Library sales are also great.

  6. That's awesome! When I was a kid we took a trip across country and I remember finishing the Huckleberry Finn book in one day...good stuff! (which is one you're missing...)

  7. Lucky you! These books go for $2-$3 each at our local thrift stores. I've been wanting to get them all, but so far only have a few. I love these classic stories.

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  9. Your thrift store has some good stuff. Whenever I go, all I find are junk.


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