Last Thursday marked the start of National Book Store’s Great Warehouse Sale and of course I wasn’t going to miss it. Since the location was pretty far from my area (I had to commute to Quezon City for the very first time!), I arrived at the warehouse sale mid-day and already, the shelves have been ransacked and devoured by the eager bookworms who were there much earlier. I hadn’t expected for the crowd to be so so so huge. It was very overwhelming. Still, I was excited that so many people were excited to get great book bargains and that I was one of them!
Yup, that was the crowd situation at the warehouse. It was like The Hunger Games. It took me two hours to go around and find books I’d like to buy and it took me three and a half hours to get to the cashier and pay for them. Madness. But wow, it was surely an unforgettable experience.
Now, onto my haul! I got a pretty notebook, some colorful pens, and several YA books and graphic novels! Check them out:
Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream by Jenny Han
Kiss & Blog by Alyson Noel
Necromancing the Stone by by Lish McBride
Bruiser by Neal Shusterman
MILA 2.0 by by Debra Driza
Slide by Jill Hathaway
Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick
Wake by Amanda Hocking
Frostbite: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead
Daniel X: The Manga, Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 by James Patterson
Total: 12 new books! Thank you, National Book Store!
I spent a little over a 1000PHP but I think I managed to get some really worth it buys. I’d love to go back if only to find more great inexpensive titles. If you haven’t gone yet, you should definitely check it out. Just in case, here are some tips to keep in mind when you do visit the Great Warehouse Sale:
- What to bring: tote bags (several if you plan to go on a shopping spree), water, face towel, face mask (beware of dust), friends who’ll help you look for good bargains/carry books/chat with you while in line and a cash budget
- What to do: Wear something comfortable, grab what you like before it’s gone (Hunger games, remember?), be courteous when passing through, try not to bump into people or step on their feet, scour those shelves but remember to be gentle with the books, wait in line very very patiently
- What books to look out for: I suggest checking out Your Super guide to National Book Store’s Great Warehouse Sale to know what books will be there and following the hashtag #NBSGreatWarehouseSale to find out what other people were able to acquire
National Book Store’s “The Great Warehouse Sale” runs until August 18, 2015, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the 4th Floor of National Book Store Quezon Avenue cor. Sct. Borromeo and Panay Avenue.
That’s pretty much it! If you’ve been to the warehouse sale, do share your experience and tips. Likewise for those who haven’t gone yet, feel free to ask any questions!
Wow! Great book over haul! I would like to try but I don’t have enough budget right now. Perhaps next time, I’ll keep your tips on mind. Thank you so much for this Hazel! Very helpful! :)
I checked it last Thursday (late afternoon) but was so overwhelmed by the crowd (the volume of people was double, no, maybe thrice). The line was so long & I couldn’t check the shelves because there were just too many people, & kept bumping into them (I’m a very tiny person). After few minutes I left, haha. But anyways last year was a great experience for me. I hauled like 13 books? for just almost Php 500. It was really a sweet bargain. :D
That looks crazy insane, but fun! And I’m in love with the title Necromancing the Stone. Oh, that is great and makes me want to watch the 80s movie!
Oh jeeze it looked intense in there but you got such great books! Haven’t read any books that you got but they all seem great. Thanks for the great tips! :)
My friends are going and I gave them money and a list of books to buy for me! I hope they don’t get swallowed in that sea of people! :D
I would really love to go to these warehouse sales sometimes but I live outside the metro and even though I don’t mind commuting to QC, huge crowds scare me. =))
Oh my, I went yesterday (Saturday) with my sister and we were able to spot a Claudia Gray book for P30 but we were a bit overwhelmed by the long line to the cashier so we opted to bail. We will come next time on a weekday perhaps. :)
Jennilyn @ RurouniJenniReads
I kinda wish we had something like this in the UK but at the same time it kinda sounds like a hell-ish time to me. Crowds in general = no no. Crowds while shopping = NO NO NO. Glad you managed to find some good bargains! :)
This are the times where I wish I live in Metro Manila. Big warehouse sale, great deals…. How I wish we have things like that here in the province.
Good for you! I went on the first day and was in and out after 5 minutes. Here’s why: https://livefromtheabiroad.wordpress.com/2015/08/18/why-i-didnt-buy-anything-at-the-national-bookstore-great-warehouse-sale-2015/
Woah, look at that crowd! How did you even make it out alive?:)
I read Slide about a year or two ago, I guess. All I can remember is that the book had a Gossip girl and Pretty Little Liars feel to it.
Hope you enjoy all the books, Hazel!
The NBS Warehouse Sale looks like insanity! But I have faith that it was probably worth it, indeed, and that’s why the crowds were crazy. I wish I had been able to go; I definitely would have if I still lived in the Philippines!
Oh, so many books!! I really hope that NBS Warehouse Sale will extend their gloriousness here in Cebu.
(*cross fingers*) Thanks for the tips and waiting for the time to used them. I hope it will be soon, I mean realllllllly soon.