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Christmas Is All Around Us

By Barbara HagenDecember 24, 2023

In this year’s Christmas letter, I reflect on the reasons a certain 2003 Christmas movie has such a special place in my heart, and the connection its message has between us all. Merry Christmas from all of us at ThriftBooks to all of you in our ThriftBooks community.

Giving Tuesday is for Giving Books

Your purchase today contributes to our donation to Book Drive for Kids

By Barbara HagenNovember 27, 2023

ThriftBooks, through our ThriftBooks Cares program, has always prioritized donating books into communities across the country. Today, Giving Tuesday, is a day where we more publicly share our community involvement and impact and allow all of our customers to be a part of it as well. 

Celebrating 20 Years of ThriftBooks

Our commitment to our customers and the next 20 years

By Barbara HagenJune 20, 2023

Today, ThriftBooks officially kicks off its 20th anniversary celebration! We attribute our success to our three value pillars: Commitment to customers, commitment to the environment, and commitment to our employees.

That Christmas Morning Feeling

By Barbara HagenDecember 24, 2022

One of my most favorite blogs to write is this one, my Christmas message to our ThriftBooks community. Each year I give careful thought to what theme and message to impart, and this year inspiration struck at one (of several) performances of A Christmas Carol, when this classic brought to the surface for me how happiness is really shared.

The Gift That's Always in Fashion

How digital cards have upped the 'gift certificate' game

By Barbara HagenDecember 18, 2022

Back when they were still paper certificates, "gift certs" were an exciting thing to receive! I still remember my favorite one. Then there came a period of time where gift cards seemed a bit...lazy. Luckily, those days are behind us. With the exciting features a digital card brings, giving a gift card is exciting and personal again, with the addition of personalized videos, pictures, and more ways to make it your own.

ThriftBooks Giving Back to Goodwill Industries this ThriftGiving Tuesday

1% of net revenue today will be donated to select Goodwill Industry Locations

By Barbara HagenNovember 29, 2022

At ThriftBooks, we believe access to books at a young age can change lives. But that's just a start. Having support later in life, with access to job training and education like Goodwill Industries provides, gives individuals further opportunity to reach their full potential. That's why today, 1% of our net revenue will be donated to selected Goodwill Industry locations who are in partnership with us. Read more to learn about this partnership.

ThriftBooks Holiday Hacks

How to get the most value out of your ThriftBooks shopping

By Barbara HagenNovember 15, 2022

The ThriftBooks team has worked hard all year long to build a best-in-class shopping experience for our valued customers. To help you learn about what is new, and maximize the value you can have from, I’ve put together this list of “Holiday Hacks” for you to reference as you begin your holiday shopping.

From Wish List to Gift List

Create a shoppable Wish List to share with friends and family

By Barbara HagenNovember 01, 2022

New this holiday, the ThriftBooks® team is excited to announce the introduction of the ThriftBooks® Gift List – a shoppable Wish List for you to share with family and friends this holiday season…or anytime of the year! Read more to learn how to create and share your own.

Back to School—It's Not Just for Kids!

By Barbara HagenJuly 26, 2022

The calendar may say July but all around us it is about Back to School. As children of all ages are prepping for their new school year, adults can use this time to prepare as well. Luckily, there are books to enhance the journey every step of the way.

So Many Stars

Our 1 Million Reviews Celebration!

By Barbara HagenMay 08, 2022

Back in 2014, when was in its early years, we established a relationship an independent third-party review site called Trustpilot. Recently we hit a new milestone with Trustpilot—1 million reviews! ThriftBooks is the first company on Trustpilot to ever have 1,000,000 reviews so of course we're thrilled! Read on to hear more about the history of our company and what this means for us (plus, our customers might get a little something too!)

Happy Mother's Day!

From a Daughter to Her Mother

By Barbara HagenMay 07, 2022

Most often when I have written a blog for all of you they've come from my perspective as a mother of three, but today's blog will be different. I will not be discussing my role as a mother and a parent, and will not even be writing about reading or books. Today is all about my mom, Helene, and about being her daughter.

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