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Friends of Legal Services book sale draws bargain hunters

May 12, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Tony Guarriello of Chambersburg, Pa., peruses the selection Sunday at the Friends of Legal Services book sale in Chambersburg.
By Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — As she sorted through tables Sunday at the Friends of Legal Services book sale, Linda Webb-Jenkins carried in her pocket a list of the titles filling her shelves at home.

That list was about to get much longer.

Webb-Jenkins filled at least four shopping bags with selections from the sale held at Wilson College. Each bag cost her $5.

“Some of these books are $30 apiece,” she said of the retail cost.

Volunteers hauled in 1,000 boxes of about 50 books each for the 29th annual Friends of Legal Services book sale. The sale was held Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with promotions varying each day.

Sunday’s fill-a-bag feature drew sizable crowds of bargain hunters.

“She’s already (filled a bag) half full, and we’ve only been here three minutes,” Nick Aliff said of his wife’s selections.

The couple from Fayetteville, Pa., had never been to the book sale before.

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“I think this is awesome,” Amanda Aliff said.

Proceeds from the book sale benefit Friends of Legal Services, which supports nonprofit organizations that help about 600 people a year with civil cases.

“We provide legal services free of charge for poor people whose cases, by our own determination, have merit,” said Mahesh Rao, executive director.

The book sale is a major source of revenue for Friends of Legal Services, Rao said.

“Without it, we would not be able to function as an agency,” he said.

Book sale visitors have hailed from as far as Georgia and New York, Rao said. Many come from the Washington, D.C., area, he said.

Webb-Jenkins is a Delaware resident who was visiting family this weekend in Waynesboro, Pa. She stopped by the Chambersburg sale Saturday and Sunday after seeing it advertised online.

“I said, ‘It’s only 17 miles away. We’ve got to go!” she said.

Amy Ketner of Newburg, Pa., held a bag as her 15-year-old daughter, Amber, searched for sewing, Civil War and history books. The family attends most of the sales but missed the 2012 event.

The selection is always good, Ketner said.

“You’ll probably find something you like,” she said.

To donate books for next year’s sale, go to 80 N. Second St. in Chambersburg. Friends of Legal Services also sets up collection points starting every January.

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