“I keep bringing a bigger bag:” Used book sales at the library more popular than ever


At the Friends of the Wareham Free Library used book sales, the rule of thumb is “shop until you drop,” according to the volunteers.

Priscilla Porter, president of Friends of the Wareham Free Library, said sales have been very popular recently. In recent months, she noted, a line has formed in front of the sale as early as half an hour before the doors open.

Many buyers are regulars, Porter said.

“I love the sale,” said Muriel Slaney, a regular at used book sales. “I’ve been bookless for two weeks and couldn’t wait to see this sale. ”

Slaney was one of the first people to walk through the doors on Thursday, July 22 at 9:30 a.m. when the sale opened. She said sales generally have a large selection of reading material.

“I was so thrilled,” she said. “Three months ago, I guess, they have all these new books published in the last four years.”

Slaney brought a list of authors she wanted to try out and said she had a strategy for shopping around for sales. She starts with the most expensive “murder chaos” books, which are her favorites, and works her way around the sales tables to the cheaper books, she explained.

At 9:40 a.m., Slaney already had a few books in his reusable bag.

“I keep bringing a bigger bag,” she said.

Carla, a Friends volunteer who worked in sales, said younger buyers are also excited about second-hand books.

“The kids come in and they go through all the children’s books,” she said. “They’re going to sit there and watch them – it’s really cute.”

As buyers scoured the sale and selected books – sometimes a few, sometimes a stack and sometimes a large box or a full bag – Porter explained that each sale has a table that highlights a type of book. For the July 22-24 sales, the special thematic table was Science Fiction and Fantasy.

“This sale, because we have so many sci-fi books, we have ‘buy one, get a second of equal value for free,'” Porter said.

Porter said the Friends have a core group of about 15 volunteers who help with activities, including selling used books.

“We could always use volunteers,” Porter said. “Assembling and disassembling is a task. ”

Volunteers are to set up tables in the main library meeting room, move all the books from the Friends shed and organize them all, she said. When the sale ends, they have to put everything away.

“We encourage shopping until you drop,” Porter said with a laugh, looking at a buyer’s particularly important transportation.

Proceeds from sales support the Friends of Wareham Free Library. If possible, buyers are requested to bring their own bags.

The Friends’ July used book sale will be open on July 22 until 4 p.m. and July 23 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday, the sale will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To volunteer with Friends, send email [email protected] or call (508) 295-2343. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/friendswfl/.


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