Countdown to the best used book sale in Schuylkill County -- the Republican Herald Newspaper Book Sale that benefits the Newspaper in Education program for local students. Even though the Schuylkill Mall is in the process of closing the book sale will still be held there in it's regular spot (Blum's Auction arm of the mall). So spread the word!
The sale will be Thursday, July 27 and Friday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will also be a special sale on Sunday. It's shrouded in mystery.. What will it be...a bag sale, a box sale, a half price sale? I'll let you know when I hear the details. If you have specific books you're looking for you might not want to hold out until the final day since the sale has only one or two titles of many of the most popular books. You never know what will be left on the last day.
Prices! Books are $3 for hardcovers (all sizes) and $1 for paperbacks. There are a few exceptions -- children's hardcovers are $1 and paperbacks are 3 for $1, Harlequin romances are 5 for $1. but the final word is no books is over $3. There is also a Blu Ray/DVD/VCR tape/books on CD section.
If this is your first time at the sale, it is a great idea to familiarize yourself with the layout, especially if you'll be coming Thursday morning -- picture Black Friday with televisions priced at $50. There are two rooms. Fiction and Nonfiction. Fiction has books alphabetized by author's last name, mostly on shelving along the walls although a few authors are on tables. Check out the A, B, C signs on the walls to get your bearings. Down the middle of the room are rounders (round tables) mainly with romance. The rounder by the door is for large print books and back by the checkout counter is a science fiction/fantasy/horror rounder. The back of the room is dedicated to Chrisitian fiction (on the left) and children's/teen (on the right).
The non-fiction room is divided into categories. You can't enter this room from the mall, only from a large archway in the fiction room. As you enter the room directly in front of you against the wall are the DVDs. To the the right in shelving on the walls are *vintage books, *classics, history and biography/memoir. Rounders to the right are coffeetable books, crafts, hobbies, art, travel, humor, puzzles, science, gardening, house care, music. To the left in the shelving on the walls are religion, gift books, business, foreign language, self-help. Rounder to the left contain textbooks, sports and an entire rounder of cookbooks.
*These can be fiction books even thought we call this the non-fiction room.
1. Park in the bank lot and enter through the mall entrance or the Dunham's lot and enter through Dunham's, turn right once you enter the mall and make a second right when you come to the center of the mall.
2. Bring cash since that's the only thing the sale accepts.
3. Bring your list! For fiction know your author's last names since fiction is alphabetized by author's last name. Nonfiction is sorted by category (religion, cookbooks, biographies, history, textbooks, etc.)
4. Bring a friend to help you look and/or carry your books. You can also ask an employee to store your books behind the counter while you do some more browsing.
5. The sale will bag purchased books in plastic "grocery store" bags but, if you plan on buying a good amount, consider bringing a sturdy tote bag or an extra dollar to purchase a Republican Herald tote.
6. If you purchase A LOT of books the sale can give you a box to hold them and lend you a small cart to get them to your car.
7. Consider this sale Christmas in July -- many books are in fabulous condition and could make great gifts for the people on your Christmas list.
8. If you need help ask a Republican Herald employee -- they're easy to spot in their matching golf shirts and t-shirts (most are navy blue with a few white and red thrown in for variety).