People line up for fall AAUW book sale

About 20,000 books were for sale at The Arc of Washington County

October 18, 2012|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • Nancy and Stoyan Russell of Hagerstown browse the large selection of books at the American Association of University Women fall used book sale Thursday at The Arc of Washington County in Hagerstown.
By Colleen McGrath, Staff Photographer

The second American Association of University Women book sale did not start off as big as the spring sale at The Arc of Washington County, but the Thursday event still had people lining up outside in cold weather before it opened at 9 a.m.

“You can buy good books at great prices here,” Hagerstown resident Al Armstrong, 90, said. “I’m a reader, and I spend all my time reading great books.”

Thursday marked the beginning of the three-day sale, and around 125 people waited outside the building at 1000 Florida Ave. to take advantage of it, according to Jeanne Stoner, coordinator of the event.

Around 20,000 books were up for sale when the event began, and books were priced between 50 cents and $4.  DVDs, VCR tapes and books on tape were also sold for $2.

Armstrong said he got to the location 8:30 a.m. He added that he had been going to the book sale for more than 20 years. 


Stoner said that the sale could attract close to as many people this fall as it did in the spring, which had 400 people lined up prior to the start of the event. Stoner added that one reason fewer people lined up outside this time had to do with the earlier start.

“Last year we opened at 10 a.m., and we decided that it was sort of ridiculous to make people stand in line from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.,” she said.

Stoner said that the fall sale offers new categories such as Christmas books, Civil War books, games and puzzles.

Maugansville resident Joyce Ridenour, 76, said this is her first time attending the sale.

“I heard about it on the radio, and I’m looking for bargains,” she said. “It’s a good opportunity for everybody to come in and get together and shop.”

This is the second year, according to Stoner, that the book sale has had a fall and a spring sale. Before that, it had one major annual spring sale and was held at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center near Sharpsburg.

Hagerstown resident Tempe Swope, 59, said she was going to it while it was at the Washington County Agricultural Education Center and has not stopped since it moved.

“I like the variety of books, and they have some of the books I can’t find,” she said. “I like DVDs, romance, cookbooks, history just about everything.”

Jack Mummert, 81, of Maugansville said he has been going to the sale every year for around five years.

“I look for collector books, and I also like music books,” he said. “The prices are very reasonable.”

The sale lasted from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday and will continue from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. On Saturday it will last from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Editor's note: A photo caption in the Oct. 19, 2012, print edition of The Herald-Mail and an earlier online version of this story misidentified a Hagerstown couple. Their names are Nancy and Stoyan Russell.

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