Ten dollars doesn't stretch very far these days, even for the thriftiest bargain hunter. You could spend that Alexander Hamilton on a latte and a muffin or maybe a couple of beers. But if you're smart, you'll head to the 31st annual YMCA Book Fair and put your money towards some more tangible pleasures. The sale runs from Friday through Wednesday (August 21 through 26), and it offers more than 60 categories of new and used books, magazines and even CDs. Admission is $10 on Friday, and free every day thereafter. Prices start at 25 cents for magazines and 50 cents for paperbacks — everything goes for half-price on Tuesday, and by Wednesday, you can walk away with an entire box or bag's worth of goods for just ten bucks. Checks and all major credit cards are accepted, too — so your only real limitation is what you can haul home. The fair is open from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday at the Kennedy Recreation Center (6050 Wells Road; 314-353-4960, extension 50 or www.ymcabookfair.org).
Aug. 21-26, 2009