AAUW sale in Hagerstown draws book lovers from all over the Tri-State

April 19, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Diana Bishop, right, and her daughter, Loriell Mills, middle, look through boxes of books for something for 11-month-old Bailee Decker at the annual AAUW book sale Thursday.
By Yvette May, Staff Photographer

Dot Appleman of Laurel, Md., drove to Hagerstown for the American Association of University Women book sale.

“There are just so many books, it’s amazing,” she said. “The prices are certainly right, and the quality of choices is very good.”

Appleman, 75, was among hundreds of people who waited in line Thursday morning outside The Arc of Washington County for the annual spring AAUW book sale. She said she has been attending the sale for more than 10 years.

“I meet my sisters here from Frostburg, and we make a day of it,” she said. “It’s a good reason to take off work.”

The three-day sale began Thursday, as customers carried grocery bags and even suitcases to stock up on as many books as they could.


“There’s a wide variety of books here, and the people are very nice,” said Jeff Inskeep-Fox, 70, of Clear Spring. “You can get what you want without running people over.”

More than 400 people lined up outside the building at 1000 Florida Ave. to take advantage of the sale before it opened, according to Jeanne Stoner, co-chairwoman of the sale.

“It’s a rush trying to get books you want before other people do,”  said Mindy Williams, 45, of Martinsburg, W.Va. “This sale seems to have a sizable amount of books.”

Hagerstown resident Carol Austin, 67, had been waiting in line for more than an hour before the sale began.

“I do this sale every year,” Austin said. “Everybody is helpful, and this is for a good cause.”

The money will be used for scholarships for high school students and educational programs throughout Washington County, according to Stoner.

There were more than 20,000 books for sale, she said.

“We have a very nice selection of old and rare, and special finds, and we’re so happy to do this for the community,” Stoner said. “This year, the publicity has been excellent.”

This is the second year the sale was held at The Arc of Washington County. It previously was held at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center near Sharpsburg.

At the new location, the organization plans to have two sales a year, one in the spring and one in the fall, as opposed to the one large spring sale, said Susan Latimer, membership vice president of the AAUW.

“We’re able to keep and store our books here in this building,” Latimer said. “The staff and the clients here help us a lot.”

Books were priced at 50 cents for small paperbacks, while everything else ranged from $1 to $3, according to Latimer. The sale also included collectible books on tape, CDs and DVDs.

On Saturday, all books will be half-price until noon. After that, the AAUW will sell $5 grocery bags, and customers can use them to collect as many books as they want until the sale closes at 3 p.m.

Martinsburg resident Heather Hanna, 48, said this was her first time going to the sale, which she found out about online at

“I go to a lot of book sales,” she said. “It can be the difference between $25 and $2 for a book.”
Ann Mullinix of Hedgesville, W.Va., 80, said she likes to collect authors and looks for books by them at the sale.

“I go on a treasure hunt, and it’s fun looking for them,” she said. “It’s a hobby of mine.”

If you go...

What: AAUW used book sale
When: Today, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: The Arc of Washington County, 1000 Florida Ave., Hagerstown

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