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Annual used book event considered a best seller

November 13, 2004|by WANDA T. WILLIAMS

wandaw@herald-mail.com

In less than 10 minutes, Holly McKee grabbed 10 paperback books by her favorite fiction author, Emilie Loring.

"The deals here are great, and as you can see, I've got quite a stack already," she said.

McKee was one of hundreds of book lovers who came out, despite Friday's rainy weather, for the local American Association of University Women's (AAUW) annual fall used book sale.

"We were jammed this morning," event co-chairwoman Judy Chaney said. "You could barely move in here."

Chaney said more than 100 customers were waiting in the parking lot before the doors opened.

Two hours after the doors opened at 10 a.m., more than 750 people had purchased books.

Twenty-two tables filled with thousands of books of all genres lined the atrium of the E.J. Fennel Center in Hagerstown.

Paperbacks were on sale for 50 cents and hardbacks sold for between $1 and $10.

"We brought in 70 boxes of hardbacks and 200 boxes of assorted fiction and nonfiction paperback books," Chaney said.

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Like treasure hunters, book lovers of all ages, some wearing rain gear, moved methodically from table to table in search of personal favorites, gifts for others and bargains too good to pass up.

"This is like being in a candy store. I love it," said Karen Greeley of Sharpsburg, who came to get a jump-start on her Christmas shopping.

"I hit the children's books first," she said, with her arms filled with close to 20 books by children's authors.

Mystery book lover Debbie Eich also beat the morning rush.

"It helps when you work in the building," she said, holding three mystery paperbacks in her hand and one tucked under her arm.

"I peeked through the blinds of my office as they were getting ready this morning," Eich said. "This isn't it for me. I've got 12 more books back in my office and I may come back on Saturday for more."

Chaney said proceeds from the two-day fund-raiser will benefit the AAUW's general scholarship fund and other community charities. The sale continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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