A Different Approach

Well 2017 has begun and the New Year resolutions are already out of the window!  But I have had to make some decisions regarding Books From Sharon and how I move forward.

During the run up to Christmas, I struggled to keep pace and whilst this is not a complaint, it made me realise that I do have to find a way to lighten the workload.  Discussions with my daughter highlighted areas where I could make substantial time savings, the key one being photographs.  Up until now I have photographed all incoming stock and spent time editing to create an acceptable picture.  (example below).

SONY DSCAs someone who would not purchase from a listing with a stock photo, except when buying from large, well known companies, I assumed that my potential customers would be the same.  To this end, I spent a large amount of time editing pictures, which is fine when a book has a distinctive coloured cover but is a real chore when the cover is white.  This meant that the quality of the edited pictures was inconsistent.  I tried various techniques including coloured background, light box and more but still with poor results.

My daughter, Victoria, suggested that I use stock photos.  Shock, horror!  Stock photos?!  She conducted a quick poll via her Facebook account and to my surprise, the result was unanimously in favour of stock pictures.

As a result I am making 3 changes to the way BFS works.

  1.  In most cases the items will be listed with stock pics.
  2. Victoria is now a named user on my website hosting package and is doing some of the work for me from her home.
  3. Where B/B items are listed, the  generic description given in the terms & conditions will now be added to the item page and will read as follows:


Condition – Unread / Shop damaged

All Bargain Basement stock will have shop wear or age damage.  This includes, but is not limited to, tanned edges, knocks & bumps and other external damage.

Unless specifically stated otherwise, all Bargain Basement items will have;

  • Unbroken spine
  • Clean, undamaged reading surfaces
  • No missing or loose pages
  • Generally tidy appearance.

Of course, it will take a while for these changes to take effect but they are already filtering through and I hope that you will like the result.



Have Fun With Science

Whether you are an educator or just wanting to have some fun with science at home, then Primary Science cards & CD ROMs are just what you need.

The cards and interactive CD ROMs can be used together or as stand alone resources and provide information and activity suggestions for all ages.

Each topic is broken down into 5 lessons/subjects which can be dipped into and revisited as required.

For a limited time, all Primary Science items are on sale.  Cards are £2.99 (per topic/5 cards) reduced from £3.99 and CD ROMs are down from £7.99 to £4.99 each.

CD ROM  RRP £25.00   BFS price £7.99   Sale price £4.99

Cards (Set of 5) RRP ?  BFS price £3.99  Sale price £2.99

To view all the available sets and for more details…….. CLICK HERE



BFS Best Sellers (Nov/Dec)

A somewhat surprising selection of titles make up the top 10 best sellers for November and early December.



10. Currently SOLD OUT but more are on the way  ……. more info.




9.  Amazing Balloon Modelling  SOLD OUT




8.  Knights Templar.  Last one  ……. more info.




7.  Alien Encounters.  Restocked  ……. more info.




wheels-on-the-bus6.  Sing Along Books.  SOLD OUT



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5.  Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell?  SOLD OUT



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4.  Primary Science Cards (various topics)  ……  more info.


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3.  Quick and Easy Cook Book for Kids ….. 3 left, more on the way. ….  more info.




2. Spiral bound puzzle books – Wordsearch, crosswords, arrowords, sudoku, etc. …….  more info.




Maths Practice for Year 1 and Year 2.  I am having weekly deliveries of these just to keep up with demand…….  more info.



The Books From Sharon (BFS) Black Friday sale begins on Friday 25th November and runs through to Friday 2nd December.

EVERYTHING in the shop is available at 25% off.  Just use discount code FRIDAY at checkout.

As always, there is no additional postage charge for UK orders.

Want to do a bit of Xmas shopping in the sale?  Please see previous post or our terms and conditions for details of the Christmas extended returns policy

Please note that discount cannot be used in conjunction with gift vouchers or other offers that require the use of a discount code.

Sales, Christmas Returns & More

You may have noticed that BFS now has a ‘Sale/Special Offer’ section which was introduced to highlight the pre-Christmas flash sales.  However,  I have decided that this will become a permanent feature and will showcase an ever changing range of items that are on special offer.  As the books featured will change frequently it is worth checking back on a regular basis to see what’s new ………  SALE/SPECIAL OFFERS

Black Friday is coming.  OK, so I know that for the big players Black Friday has become a black two weeks, but here at BFS we are doing our bit.  Get ready for an announcement Thursday night.

Christmas purchases and returns.  BFS offers a 30 return policy but I am aware that when people purchase for Christmas the 30 days may be over before the recipient has had a chance to receive and open their gift.    If you have given someone the same book as someone else and the 30 days is over, what then?  Well don’t worry.  If you purchase from BFS between now and Christmas, you will have until end of Jan to initiate a change of mind return.  Please see our terms & conditions for full details of policy ……  T&C POLICY

Stationery Sale

Our pre-Christmas flash sales are continuing with some beautiful stationery items on sale until Monday 14th November.  Sale items include recipe files, crafters labels, bad girl post it notes, notelets and cards designed by Anna Sui.

All prices are inclusive of UK standard postage.

For full details click HERE