Get Serious About Thrift

Get Serious About Thrift

I am seriously thrifty. The very first lesson learned at my mother’s knee: How to Shop. If you’re not already NPR (Never Pay Retail) shopping, here are a few tips to get you started.

Make some serious mental decisions about how much you are willing to pay for something and Stick to It. No folding. I will not pay more than $40 for a pair of shoes or $4 for a loaf of my favorite artisan bread.  Decisions of this kind require patience and enough stubbornness to walk away.  You will find what you are looking for; it just might not be today.

Put your blinders on and get yourself from the front of the store to the sales rack without looking.  You are not permitted to look anywhere but on sales racks.  This is good incentive to maintain your weight so that you can buy winter clothes in March and summer clothes in September. Try everything on. It’s no bargain to buy anything that doesn’t fit or looks wrong on you. Check out the great York thrift shops, too.

Anticipate your needs. Think you’ll run out of shampoo or mascara soon? Start watching for BOGOs (Buy One, Get One) now. Going to a wedding? Start shopping when you get the save-the–date card.

Then there are books. You can’t live without them. But have you checked out the price tags on new books lately? Use the library and its new Small Bookshop. The library can find you anything you could possibly think of and the bookshop is stocked with recently published books in good enough condition to give as gifts!  And the prices are seriously cheap:  $1 for hardbacks and $.50 for paperbacks. They run periodic 3/$1 specials too.

I save serious money shopping NPR – enough, in fact, to finance a trip to France. Seriously.  Abientot!

By Kathleen Rounds

Editor’s note:

The Small Bookshop is located at Martin Library in downtown York.  Several of our 13 library locations have regular book sales as well.  Prices vary from sale to sale, but you’ll definitely save some big $ on books.  The bonus is that purchases help the library at the same time…something I like to call shopping for a cause.

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Martin Library Participates in First Friday: Round 2

Martin Library Participates in First Friday: Round 2

 

In May of this year, Martin Library kicked off its first Art in mARTin event with live music, talented local artists and the grand opening of The Small Bookshop, downtown York’s newest used bookstore. We were thrilled when we received over 130 visitors during our First Friday hours.

On September 5th, we’re proud to host the 2nd Art in mARTin event from 5:30-8:30 pm. We’ll have over a dozen local artists on display, the musical renderings of Soji, extended open hours for The Small Bookshop, wine tastings by Allegro Winery, and so much more. Art will be available for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Martin Library.

The event is generously sponsored by Downtown York’s own Dale E. Anstine law firm. Because the library isn’t normally open on Friday evenings, we also rely on our staff and volunteers donating their time to make this event possible. We sincerely hope you’ll join us again September 5th for what’s sure to be another amazing art event. Come celebrate the arts with us!

By Elyse Pollick

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Overwhelmed? We’ve Found ‘A Summer Read’ For You!

New York Times bestselling author and award-winning journalist Brigid Schulte explains that our lives have reached a frantic pace and have become too complicated.  She explores the issue in her book Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time.    Schulte’s experience as a journalist, wife, and mother allow her to intimately address wide-reaching stressors, as well as provide an optimistic perspective on how to tackle the busyness, find time for the important things, and live a fulfilled life.

York County Libraries, along with public libraries in nine counties, are partnering with Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA and WITF to ignite meaningful dialogue around the busyness of our culture and discuss ideas to reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed. Through September 17, the public is invited to participate in A Summer Read, a unique program that encourages residents to visit local libraries to borrow the book and hold a discussion with their book clubs, friends, family and colleagues.

"Prolonged periods of stress can have a direct impact on our health," said Chris Amy, project director for Aligning Forces for Quality – South Central PA.  "Through 'A Summer Read,' we are diligently working with partners, such as WITF and the library systems, to increase conversation around the consequences of frenetic lifestyles and bring the community together to identify solutions."

Participants in A Summer Read will have the chance to win a free copy of the book, meet Schulte during a private book signing, and hear her speak on September 29, 2014 at York College. Thirty winners will be chosen from the drawing.  Visit your library to pick up a book! 

 

 

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Call For Artists By Elyse Pollick

Martin Library is seeking submissions for up to 40 pieces for its September ART in mARTin event.  The event will unveil artwork on First Friday on September 5th, 2014 from 5:30-8:30 pm and remain on display at the library until November. This quarter’s gallery theme is to utilize the color red. 

Artists may submit four original pieces of 2-D or 3-D artwork. Artwork must be wired for hanging (no saw tooth hangers) with a maximum frame size of 48”x36”.  Submit your art by sending an email to ArtInMartinLibrary@gmail.com. Images of your art must be labeled with the artist’s last name.title  (i.e. Miller.Mona Lisa).  The body of your email should include artist contact information, the name of each piece, dimensions, media type and price. The deadline for entry is Friday August 8th, 2014 by 5 pm.

Artists will be notified of their acceptance in Mid-August. At that time, the Library will provide a gallery contract and notify artists of artwork intake times.  All artwork must be delivered to Martin Library, 159 E. Market Street York, PA 17401. Please call John Miller (717) 849-6959 for more information.

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Trade Food for Fines this July

If you forgot to return some books on time and have racked up some late fees, here is a cost-friendly way to wipe them out and help others at the same time!  During the month of July, for each non-perishable food item you donate, one dollar will be deducted from your late fees.  This is a good way to bring your balance to zero.   The bonus is that the food all goes to local food pantries to help area families in need.

An easy way to start gathering your items for donation is to add a few extra to your grocery cart each time you go to the store.   And if you have coupons that make them free or cheap…that’s even better! All of the food should be in date and in great condition (not rusted or dented).  Need ideas of what to donate?  Canned fruits and vegetables, rice, beans, tomato sauce, pasta, tuna, peanut butter, soup, and cereal are a few of the non-perishable food items that pantries always need.   Simply take the food to the circulation desk at any of our 13 locations or to Martin Library at the Art Institute of York during regular operating hours in July.

One thing to note is that the Food for Fines program only applies to your late fees and not for fees accrued from items lost.  If you have the latter, you can ask to speak to your librarian to work out payment arrangements. 

By Deb Sullivan

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