Daaaaamn. Your Bookcase Is Way Too Full!

Today is my second Bookending Spring post! Just a bit more information regarding BE Spring before I go any further.
This is an event created by Clo@Book Dragons and Sam@Fictionally Sam. Every season they have a certain team and feature a gaggle of hosts who come up with awesome prompts (one of them is me yay!). This season is spring (duh) and takes up the whole month of April. So, let me start of my second prompt of my reign 😉

I grew up at a boardingschool, but I went home during the weekends, meaning that I had two of everything. I had clothes at my parents. Clothes at boardingschool, toiletries at both places, books at both places. I had so many books at both places. And when I turned 18, I had to move everything in one room. That sucked. I don’t have a huge bookcase and even though my parents have a huge one, I’m not allowed to put my books in there because my parents know I’ll just buy more anyway. So when I realized that I just had too many books, I knew I had to get rid of some of them.. and I started researching what I could do. I’m going to tell all of you what I did so you can look back at this post when you need or decide to get rid of some books!

Sell them!

If you want to make more money or want to get some money back to spend on more books (no wait, don’t do that), or want to save up for other things, selling books is a good way to do that! There are different ways to sell books, eigher a page like craigslist, or ebay, or maybe Amazon. In the Netherlands you have different sites on which you can sell them. Oh! Facebook Marketplace has really worked for me!

Donate them!

Donating books is something I really love doing. Last year I donated approximately 250 books to a thrift store. That way I got rid of them and people that can’t afford pricey books can buy them for a low price. Yay, karma points for me! That way you help another and yourself! Also! You can donate them to secondhand bookstores! People might go look for books there rather than a general thrift store, but the reason remains the same 🙂

Another way to make other people happy is to donate them to charities that help kids and adults, maybe immigrants with reading, or schools! Loads of schools don’t have enough money to buy books and you get instant karma points if you donate some of your beautiful books to those in need.

Gift them!

As a reader you probably know other people that love books too (even if they’re on the other side of the world). All reader get excited when they see books, if you gift them books, they get even more excited! You get rid of some books + they get books + you make a friend happy, it’s a win/win/win situation!

Upcycle them!

I love turning my books into props or decoration. I mentioned in a previous post that I made bookish roses, and I’m planning on making paper cranes! I would love to find more ways to turn books into gorgeous things, but I haven’t found the time to browse yet. Maybe in the future 🙂

I’m sure that these options are just a few of the things you can do with the amount of books that no longer fit in your bookcase. Options might change per country, and I’m not quite sure what every country has to offer, but be sure to google or drop by someone that does know! Sometimes bookstores know what you can do aswell and you can go there to get some information.

Tomorrow I’m back with another prompt! This time it’s about sorting your bookcase – rainbow vs sorted by … Curious? Make sure to return tomorrow!

Until next time,

9 thoughts on “Daaaaamn. Your Bookcase Is Way Too Full!

  1. Clo @ Book Dragons says:

    I second Kal, I’d love a tutorial on upcycling books. I love that idea, although I may erm snoop about and buy damaged books for that purpose. Cause I’m terrible and I don’t think I could upcycle a book which is ok still. I usually gift books or erm…cling to them for dear life cause I’m terrible at letting them go. I have been meaning to get rid of some though but we’ll see what happens. Love this post Michelle!


  2. Kaleena @ Reader Voracious says:

    I love the idea of upcycling books and making crafts HMMMMMM. Have you done a tutorial? Because if not, Kal wants!

    I donate my books to my local library, and the ones they don’t add to the collection are sold in a secondhand shop to help fund the library. I’ve donated a bunch and have another box I need to drop off, but a part of me wants to finish off a series so I can chuck those in there too LOL


  3. Rain says:

    This is such a cute post! I have a difficult time parting with my books but it’s great that you donate yours to thrift stores. I also love the idea of upcycling old books. Might do that soon enough 😊


  4. jamsu says:

    I have three boxes of books I want to give away. We don’t really have places where we can donate books but I did found out that you finally can donate few books in a local bookstore but I do want to try sell them first. I was raised to be very careful with my money, so it would feel such a waste to just give them all away since some of those books costed even 30€.

    I don’t think I could donate 250 books. That’s an achievement! Turning old books into crafts would be so cool if I actually was good at them.


  5. TheCaffeinatedReader says:

    250 books donated to thrift stores, girl, you are goals! I loved all your ideas, I think upcycling is always the hardest one for me, I’m not crafty so it’s a matter of finding the right person to have them upcycled lol. Really enjoyed this post, A+++ on hosting lol, can’t wait to read your post for tomorrow!


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