I figured that if I had an iPad or a Kindle, the environmentalist in me would promise never to buy anything that consumes paper ever again. That, of course, includes books. And while being recently dubbed ‘Amazon-literate’ has helped me add books to my collection, owning a tablet would just make me resort to hoarding e-books I probably won’t even read. Either way, I believe it helps me to a) control my lust for an iPad and b) save money because now I have a legitimate reason not to get one.
A couple of weeks ago, I saw an advertisement for the SF Public Library’s Annual Book Sale in Fort Mason. I wanted to go so bad that not knowing where the place was and having class later that day didn’t stop me from getting there. Over an hour’s bus away from home, getting lost, and having a vicinity official escort me to the place, I finally found Fort Mason– or should I say, heaven by the bay.
As you can see, it was in the middle of nowhere: (I was also freezing to death, by the way.)
But once I stepped inside, it was love at first sight.
I spent a good two hours going through book after book after book. The selection was a mix of both new and used books, each categorized into their own genre. I especially paid attention to the photography and philosophy section where I got a few of the best from my loot. I was excited to see Nietzsche because local bookstores don’t usually carry his work any longer. I spent extra time in the design section, too, because I wanted to bring home with me reference materials to leave in the pub room for the Design Cluster (The GUIDON) to use.
Here’s a preview of the things I sorted through / bought:
I ended up with 2 huge paper bags and almost 8 pounds worth of books. The design books were so heavy that I felt like giving up at some point while walking out of the compound. Thing is, I even had to take the books to school (because I had class that afternoon) and then back home again. Imagine the weight I had to carry around! It was all worth it, though and despite the pain it caused my arms (how shallow, I know)– it’s one of the best things I’ve gotten to do here in San Francisco.
Oh and did I mention how cheap the prices were? $3 for hardbound books, $2 for paperback, and $1 for multimedia. It’s that simple.