Spotlight: Dollar Book Fair and Weekend on the Cheap

- In addition to our listings below, please check out the fine picks provided by Aroundthesunblog and PDX Pipeline.

Cort & Fatboy Late Night Movies presents John Carpenter’s The Thing… see the original before the big budget remake! Movie begins at 11:00pm this Friday night at McMenamins Bagdad Theater, $3 admission.

Urban Folk Art Show this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Washington County Fair Complex. Admission is just $4; get a dollar off when you bring in an item for the Oregon Food Bank. With your admission you get a free UFA tote bag, live music, a chance to participate in DIY projects, prizes and more! Admission will get you a bracelet that is good for all three days of the show.

– Friday and Saturday is your final chance to take advantage of Oregon Days of Culture, highlighted by gallery/museum exhibits, free and low-cost performances, and Portland’s Wordstock Festival.

– Friends of the Tigard Library Used Book Sale this Friday and Saturday at the Tigard Library.

Pass It On Oregon Children’s Consignment Event this weekend at Hillsboro’s Amberglen Center with free admission and free parking.

25th Annual Great Onion Festival at Archer Glen Elementary School in Sherwood, 9:00am – 4:00pm for food, crafts, entertainment and more.

– Willamette Riverkeeper hosts the 3rd Annual Great Willamette Clean Up this Saturday and Sunday via land, bicycle or watercraft. Please see web site for details and to register.

– Saturday’s Burgerville 50th Birthday party tour stops at Beaverton’s Allen Boulevard location and Vancouver Plaza location for throwback menu pricing. On Sunday all Burgerville locations will offer 5 cheeseburgers for $5 or 5 double cheeseburgers for $10.

– The 40th running (ha ha) of the Portland Marathon is this Sunday with a 7:00am start time. Come out to cheer on the participants or see if you can volunteer last-minute!

Locks of Love free haircuts at the Aveda Institute of Portland this Sunday from 10:00am – 2:00pm; please see web site for hair requirements and call to schedule an appointment.

– Sunday, October 9th is the final day of Olive Garden’s Never-Ending-Pasta Bowl promotion starting at $8.95. Collective awwww for those of us that lament the disappearance of this all-u-can eat opportunity (Never ending breadsticks? Check. Bottomless salad or soup? Check. Gut-bomb feeling of Ohhhh, I ate too much…yeah, guilty). Collective cheer for those of us that just started Weight Watchers 8 hours ago and now we just have to hold out on temptation for another 72 hours (30 points for Fettuccine Alfredo…oh man, that’s more than my daily allowance!!!).

– Anything else that we missed? Please leave a comment!


So here we were about to write a lengthy blog post about Tigard’s Dollar Book Fair, when just the other day we open up the Oregonian newspaper and they beat us to the punch! Which is fine by us because that just means less typing! Here’s the feature write up for your enjoyment.

We stopped by Dollar Book Fair a couple of weekends ago and came away impressed; housed in a former furniture/mattress store, just over half the space is actually used, so there is plenty additional space to include more items as they come available. If you are looking for a specific book and want to get in and out in as least time as possible, this is not your place. You won’t find a Dewey Decimal system or finely-tuned specific categories. You will, however, find some incredible values over a broad range of interests and genres. Dollar Book Fair is a place to take your time, browse, and discover something new (or in this case, used but ‘new’). The best part is that the pricing is pretty straight forward: $1 or $2.

Most of the books we looked at were in useable, readable condition, even more than a few in like-new condition. We even found a small assortment of other odds and ends like DVDs and music, but 90% of what we saw was all for reading. Do check out their web site (just turn down the volume on your computer—there’s a chance their video will play) and register to get a free book. Dollar Book Fair is located at the southwestern end of Tigard, just before Bull Mountain Road as you approach King City. If you think it’s a little out of your reach, then make a bargain hunting day of it! Right next door is the Tigard Flea Market, open Friday/Saturday/Sunday with free admission, and just up the street back towards Portland you can hit up the Goodwill, Salvation Army Thrift Store Boutique and Value Village.

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