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AAUW-Dearborn prepares for annual used book sale – Dearborn Press and Guide

Members of the American Association of University Women- Dearborn branch have been busy all year preparing for their annual Used Book Lovers Sale.

The event, set for Sept. 28 to Oct. 1 on the second level at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center, will feature 30,000 quality used books, plus vinyl records, CDs and DVDs.

For easy selection, the books are separated in various categories, including cookbooks, history, military, biographies, vintage, nonfiction categories and oversized books.

Romance, popular fiction and mystery selections are organized by author. A premier room will offer special first editions, signed collectibles and more. A wide selection of children’s books will be organized by reading level in the children’s room.

The book lovers sale will include several special events to pique browsers’ interests. Tea and treats will be offered for $5 from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30. Free author talks are slated at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29 and 30 in the lobby, as well.

Information about AAUW-Dearborn will be available in the lobby highlighting its mission, activities and outreach both locally, nationally and internationally. A special membership discount will be available during the sale.

Additionally, select days will offer deals for seniors, teachers and students. Senior citizens will receive a 50 percent off coupon for all items on Sept. 29 excluding the premier room. Current and former teachers and students can purchase two bags of books for $10 excluding the premier room on Bag Day

Oversized and vintage books will be located in the lobby with information about how to use them for decorating and craft projects. Discount coupons will be handed out at the Welcome Book Lover’s Table in the lobby.

Table sponsorship is available for businesses, organizations, or groups wishing to promote themselves. Two different price options are available to sponsor a table; both include a sign recognizing the sponsorship at a table of their choice. Members and community partners can sponsor a table for $65 and businesses for $100. There will be a table in the lobby to place materials pertinent to the organization or business.

Money from the sponsorships support a number of community interests. Last year’s funds were distributed to the Michigan Organization on Adolescent Sexual Health; Women’s Resource Center at University of Michigan-Dearborn; First Step; Alternatives for Girls; the Dearborn Historical Museum; the Dearborn Symphony Orchestra, and the League of Women Voters. Scholarships for students at Henry Ford College, U of M-Dearborn and the Dearborn high schools, as well as funding leadership programs, workshops and conference opportunities, are among other ways that book sale funds support the community.

Throughout the year, requests are made to AAUW-Dearborn for book donations. Most recently, books were donated to Educare Student Services in Dearborn, a comprehensive tutoring and test preparatory program; Veterans Hospital in Detroit and Books for a Benefit at U of M-Ann Arbor.

“The annual sale provides a number of ways to provide support to important programs on the local, state, national and international level,” AAUW member Karen Monroe said. “Moreso, it follows AAUW’s mission of advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.”

The hours have been extended for this year’s sale:

Noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 28 with early entrance from 9 a.m. to noon.

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept 29 with Senior Citizen Deal Day and Afternoon Tea and Treats

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 with $10 Bag Day and Teacher-Student BOGO sale

Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 with $5 Bag Day and clearance specials

Admission is free all days. The Dearborn Ice Skating Center is located at 14900 Ford Road.

For more information, visit AAUW-Dearborn’s Facebook page, or dearborn-mi.aauw.net/book-sale/[1], email [email protected][2] or call 313-573-0062.

Source: AAUW-Dearborn


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Girard’s Mile-Long Yard Sale continues Saturday – GoErie.com

Shoppers come from near and far for bargains along Lake Street and side streets.

Valerie Myers @ETNMyers

GIRARD — When neighbors first told Kathleen Langford about the Lake Street Mile-Long Yard Sale, she didn’t grasp the enormity of it.

Langford first heard about the sale when she bought her house on Lake Street in Girard in 2006.

“I innocently said, ‘How big can it be?'” Langford said. “It was like a carnival.”

The Mile-Long Sale has been a Girard tradition the weekend after another Girard tradition — Dan Rice Days — for almost a half-century. This year’s sale started Friday and continues Saturday along Lake Street, from Rice Avenue to Bethel Assembly of God church, and along side streets.

Books, DVDs, furniture, toys, clothes, record albums, housewares, even vehicles are for sale on front lawns.

And many lawns accommodate four or five sales.

Kacey Owens and husband Ben on Friday were joined by Kacey’s parents, Ben’s mother and a cousin, all with items displayed on tables on their lawn. The Owens also sold some things, and have for the eight years they’ve lived on Lake Street, Kacey Owens said.

Finding things to sell isn’t a problem, she said.

“I keep digging through things saying, ‘That’s got to go,’ and, ‘That’s got to go,'” she said, arranging the items on a table early Friday.

Sellers from beyond the neighborhood set up shop on Girard High School property fronting Lake Street. Refreshments and Amish-made baked goods are also for sale.

Shoppers each year come from as far away as West Virginia. On Lake Street on Friday, Jesse Casebolt Jr., 46, watched as his father, Jesse Casebolt Sr., 77, strapped a lawn mower to the roof of their minivan. The Casebolts drove 315 miles from Webster Springs, West Virginia, just for the sale, and not for the first time. They’ve come regularly in recent years.

“Sometimes they have a lot of good stuff up here,” the younger Casebolt said. “But it’s a long drive.”

Girard native Marilyn Bowser was home from Florida for her 45th Rice Avenue Union High School reunion, and stayed a little longer for the sale.

“I remember going every single year,” she said.

Jeannie Kosmatine, from Girard, also goes to the sale almost every year. Kosmatine remembers buying canning jar lids and seals some years ago.

“They were $1 apiece, and I bought something like 30 of them,” Kosmatine said. “My entire family has used those lids. I don’t know if I even have any left. You can find some really good bargains.”

Including books and a banana costume for Halloween, bought this year by Christina Hickman and her son, Noah Hickman, of Lake City.

Bargains for sale on Esther Kuntz’s lawn this year include T-shirts left over from the 2017 Dan Rice Days festival. Kuntz had already sold four, for $5 each — half price — early Friday.

Kuntz has been selling things for every Mile-Long Sale since 1969 or 1971; recollections vary on when the late Linnie Meeder and Dorothy Vangor organized the first Mile-Long Sale.

Kuntz remembers being at work when Vangor stopped by and asked if she could “put some things out” for the sale. Kuntz found toys and clothes her children had outgrown, and displayed them on a ladder and pole. Kuntz’ daughter, Karen, then 9, handled the sales while her parents worked.

“I got home that day and she said, ‘Don’t ever make me do that again,'” Kuntz said. “People wanted to buy the ladder, a wash basin and the dog.”

Valerie Myers can be reached at 878-1913 or by email. Follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/ETNmyers.

Bargain book sale benefits community – Coshocton Tribune

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Amanda Hittle hands a book to her daughter, Auybree, Thursday at the Friends of the Library annual book sale.(Photo: Leonard Hayhurst/Tribune)Buy Photo

COSHOCTON – Auybree Hittle, 3, of Coshocton was on the lookout for Pete the Cat and Hungry, Hungry Catepillar books Thursday at the opening of the annual Friends of the Library book sale in the basement of the Coshocton Public Library.

Her mother, Amanda Hittle, is a teacher at Hopewell School and was looking for books for her classroom. Jessica Mitchell, a teacher at Coshocton Christian School, was looking for the same thing. Many others were searching for reads to pass the time or fill their personal bookshelves. 

Friends President Brenda Blanford said the sale usually collects about $1,200, which represents hundreds of books sold based on prices. Magazines start out at 10 cents each, paperbacks at 25 cents and hardcovers at 50 cents. DVDs, CDs and audiobooks are on sale too through Saturday.

The event also features a silent auction for higher value items and a Buck-a-Bag Room where various items can be put in a grocery sack and purchased for $1. On Saturday, patrons can take as many book from the room as they want for $1.

“I’m a retired teacher. I see the importance of children with books and growing up with books to become a lifelong reader,” Blanford said. “(The book sale) gives people a chance to do that without spending a lot of money.”

Mitchell taught kindergarten last school year, but will be advancing to fifth and sixth grades this fall. She was searching for some young adult novels to help compliment her classroom’s stock, along with some new reads for herself.

“For a lot of people, we come to the library because we can’t just go out and buy books,” she said. “For those of us who are readers, this is wonderful.”

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Jessica Mitchell looks over the books Thursday at the annual Friends of the Library book sale. (Photo: Leonard Hayhurst/Tribune)

Hittle said the sale allows her to pick up books so she can theme reading units, like based on holidays. 

“I can use them at school and then bring them home for my little one, so it’s multipurpose,” she said of book sale finds.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the main library, West Lafayette Branch Library and the bookmobile. Sales from the Books Galore Bookstore run by the Friends throughout the year also go to the library system.

Blanford said each library department receives money from the Friends to complement other funding. Donations recently made possible the purchase of puzzles and STEM activities for the children’s room and food weekly for the Plugged and Unplugged teen program.

While some of the items come from the library clearing out its coffers, most are donated by the community. Blanford said many books come in when people do spring cleaning or a relative dies and the house needs cleared out. She didn’t know exactly how many books were for sale this year, but it was in the thousands with stacks spread out across the basement on tables and shelves. 

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The Friends of the Library is having its annual book sale this weekend. (Photo: Leonard Hayhurst/Tribune)

The group, around for about 25 years, has about 15 to 20 active members. The organization meets at noon the second Wednesday of each month at the library. 

The sale continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the library at 740-622-0956.

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