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Holiday shopping makes ‘cents’

by Doris Klein
Special to the Sky-Hi News

Turkey leftovers are history…time to look ahead. It’s December and there are only 15 shopping days until Christmas.

For many of us it’s hunting season of a sort. We’re on the prowl for great holiday gifts for family and friends, young and old. And we prefer to track and snare locally (perhaps you’ve heard of the 4th Annual “Buy Local Week Campaign,”launched nationwide last Friday). Although the Internet poses lots of options for “big game hunting,” there is something to be said for keeping local options in our sites…something to be said, like “thank you” to the businesses that are mainstays of our Grand County communities.

One venue that may not occur to residents as gift-hunting territory is the local library. Each of the five branches of our library district has ongoing used book sales (sponsored by Friends of the Grand County Library, Inc.) Many of the items are new or “so very nearly new” that they make suitable gifts.

As reported in the Denver Post (Dec. 16, Business News, article by AP writer Anne D’Innocenzio) “thrift and consignment shops are betting that people who have bought more used things for themselves [in this economy]…will buy used gifts this year.” Second hand purchases also appeal to people who are passionate about the environment and “recycling.” Library book sales fall into this developing segment of bargain hunting, offering gifts of adventure, leisure, how-to, educational and inspirational fare … at very affordable prices.

The Granby Library is hosting a seasonal display of books, CD’s, DVD’s, coffee table books and misc. holiday fare. Also on sale, 5 different ornament craft kits for children will make ideal stocking stuffers. And, speaking of kids, this sale gives junior bargain hunters an affordable option for purchasing presents for grown-ups. So when you and your “hunting party” are on the prowl in Grand County, searching for great gifts to bag, remember to visit the Granby Library. (The holiday sale will be ongoing, while supplies last.)

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