Catching up on my journal entries by drawing my #MIBF2018 haul. (I'll write stuff later) I was fairly well-behaved.
Some of the things I've learned over the years attending MIBF:
1 - Try to go on a weekday or early on Sunday to avoid the main crush of shoppers.
2 - Never get a basket. I only buy what I can carry in my arms to the cashier. Developing the ability to carry and balance more books while walking is a great reason to workout btw.
3 - Always bring a reusable shopping bag. I like bringing the roomy and sturdy canvas ones I use for the groceries.
4 - Save your back. Use the package counters instead of hauling your purchases while you browse. Make sure you watch where manong puts your bag(s) and umbrella down so you can point it out to him when you come back to claim it.
5 - Shop / browse alone. Even when I go with family or friends we all agree on a meeting place and time before splitting up upon entering. Everyone has different priorities, needs, and wants. E.g. I avoid the sea of remainder YA novels and dont really prioritize most pocketbook fiction during these sales and I don't like being stopped as I walk to the cashier with vol. 1 to 15 of something hahaha.
6 - Find time to stray from the main hall and the books. There are a lot of really interesting talks, shows (Robotics demos! Puppet shows! ) and non-book items at MIBF too.
7 - Bring cash, so you can actually see your budget as it is being spent, but know where the ATMs and your credit card are, just in case you find THE ONE (e.g. Gorgeous Hardbound Anniversary Issue of your favourite book/novel, Vol. 1-10 of some spectacular graphic novel that you need in your life)
8 - Pens and ink have their separate budget. Always.
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