In Praise of, Um, the Dollar Tree

Why did no one ever tell me that the Dollar Tree has books? Like, hardcover books? Bestselling books?

So last week or so, I went to the store to look for last-minute St. Patrick’s Day gear for my little one so he could wear to school. Unfortunately, everything on the rack was for Easter and whatever that was for St. Patrick’s Day were mostly tableware. So on my way back to the car, I noticed the Dollar Tree and thought I’d give it one last try. Who knows? Maybe I’d find a necklace or something.

And I did.

But as I wandered to the back part of the store, lo and behold, there were books! Lots of books! Actually just a shelf, but, hey, that’s a lot for me. One was even an autographed copy but I guess because the cover got folded in transit, it was relegated to the discount bin.  As I struggled to balance six books in my arms along with green novelty leprechaun eyeglasses and two green necklaces, I wondered if the books were really only a dollar.

And they were, which makes this book-sniffing-and-running-her-fingers-along-the-pages book lover very happy.

Today, I managed to sneak back into the store and found five more books. This just might be the beginning of a very beautiful relationship… and I just might need a bigger bookshelf.

11 thoughts on “In Praise of, Um, the Dollar Tree

    1. Oh, and the first two chapters was an original short story I wrote for a WordPress prompt about writing what happens when you step into an elevator back in 2013 so it technically can be a standalone from there LOL

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  1. One word, overstock. Seriously, if the big bookstores can’t sell them even on clearance they go back to the publishers. The publishers then stick them in outlet stores for like 3 bucks. (I bought a Kim Harrison hardcover at an outlet.) If outlet stores can’t do it, they go to discounters like Dollar General. And then if the discounters can’t get it done, THEN they go to overstock stores like Dollar Tree. So, yes, even bestsellers can’t sell all their print runs. I think I got Dan Winslow’s prequel to Savages for a buck once. (I also queried his agent and got a rejection. Sigh.)

    -eyes self- And I know way too much about buying and selling, thank you fashion university education.

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