Heat takes air out of sales at Waynesboro Historical Society's book fair

July 22, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER |
  • Emily Orndorff of Waynesboro, browsed through piles of books at the Waynesboro Historical Society's third annual book sale at Oller House in Waynesboro on Friday. The book sale continues today from 8 a.m. to noon.
By Roxann Miller

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Waynesboro Historical Society's third annual book fair was a casualty of Friday's oppressive heat.

"The heat did us in," said Ellen Gsell, book sale and historical society volunteer chairwoman.

After eight hours of sales at the Oller House, home of the historical society, at 138 W. Main St., in Waynesboro, Pa., Gsell had collected about one third of last year's first day sales.

"We made $700 today (Friday) compared to $2,000 on the first day last year," Gsell said. "We still hope customers come Saturday."

She said the two-day book sale is the nonprofit organization's largest fundraiser.

The money raised from the book sale pays for six months of heating bills for the Oller House. In the last two years, the book sale raised $3,000 each year to pay for heating the house, Gsell said.

"We have to maintain this house, and we have no endowment. The house has to be maintained by fundraisers," Gsell said. "If the community didn't support the book sale or our other fundraisers, this house would have a for sale sign up instead of an historical society sign, because we wouldn't be able to maintain it."


She said it costs about $10,000 to $12,000 a year to maintain the house.

The book sale will continue today from 8 a.m. to noon. The sale features more than 5,000 books, including new and old fiction, nonfiction, mysteries, romances, religious books, cookbooks, biographies, travel books, crafting books, children's books, Civil War and military history books, and more.

 Most books range from 25 cents to $1.50, according to Gsell.

Emily Orndorff of Waynesboro came back to the book sale for a third trip on Friday.

"I just got home and started to read some of them, and I wanted to find some more like the ones I already found," Orndorff said.

She bought a variety of books for herself as well as Christmas presents.

"I'm loving these prices. Earlier I got 18 books for $28. I got some Bibles and religious books I'm giving to my mom for Christmas and some old hymn books I found from 1923 and 1905," Orndorff said.

The heat didn't stop Billie Biesecker and her husband, Donald, of Waynesboro from rummaging through the books.

While they were waiting to pay for their pile of books, they quenched their thirst with lemonade and water, compliments of the historical society.

"He is into Civil War re-enacting so he was looking for Civil War books, and I was looking for cookbooks," Billie Biesecker said. "We love to support Waynesboro's efforts. There's such a variety (of books) here."

If you go...

The book sale continues today from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. at the Oller House, 138 West Main St., Waynesboro, Pa.

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