I spent the afternoon at the Fairlane Village Mall on Friday. Yes, the entire afternoon. So, are you wondering what I did for four hours? You may know if you've spotted the ads in The Republican Herald or the electronic bulletin board outside the mall -- the annual Republican Herald Used Book Sale is upon us! All books are donated by members of the community and profits benefit local students who receive newspapers for use in the classroom.
The number of books is staggering. If you enjoy reading this is one sale you can't miss. Because not only do the employees of the Republican Herald and their volunteers collect books throughout our communities but they also sort them to make it much more likely that you'll find the book, author or topic you're looking for during the sale. Fiction is organized alphabetically by author's last name with a few genres in their own special sections: romance, westerns, science fiction, horror, children/young adult, Christian romance. Nonfiction is organized is a hodgepodge of sections that include: large print, science, gardening, home repairs, hobbies, music, local interest, crafting, animals, sports, transportation, coffeetable books, history, biography, religion, self help, business, classics, vintage and more. The volunteers (as well as some strategically placed signs) at the sale can help you find the section you want.
The key to enjoying this sale is to bring your list! Either the list of titles you've already read (if you enjoy a specific author or subject) or list of titles/subjects you want to look for (because sometimes when you face the tables full of books you get a bit overwhelmed).
Also CASH. Credit cards and personal checks are not accepted and there is no ATM within the mall so bring your cash with you. For the most part book are $1 for paperbacks and $3 for hardcovers. There are a few exceptions for romance paperbacks, children's books and any tapes/DVDs. There will also be a bag sale on Saturday only!
If you're planning on buying more than a book or two a tote bag would be great. The sale does provide plastic bags (think grocery bags) but often a tote bag is much easier to haul to your car.
You have a couple of weeks to create your list since the sale doesn't start until the end of next week. Stop by