46th Annual Book Sale
2015- more information coming
What is being sold? The area’s largest sale of used books, DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes and vinyl records, plus some postcards and prints.
What are the sale hours? The sale runs 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Our contract with the mall restricts the sale to mall hours.
How much do books items cost? Most are $1 cents to $5, but each year we identify collectibles that are up to $100. There is no sales tax in Delaware. Prices are normally indicated in pencil on the first righthand page. Some items are priced with stickers on the cover (like CDs) or on the first light-colored page.
How are the items arranged? We have color-coded tables throughout the mall, with maps available that weekend. Books and other items are sorted in the following categories:
NONFICTION: Archaeology and Anthropology • Art, Antiques and Architecture • Audiobooks • Autographed • Biographies and Autobiographies • Business and Economics • Coffee Table • Computers • Cookbooks • Delaware and the Mid-Atlantic • Dictionaries and Reference • Diet and Exercise • Foreign Language • Gardening • Gender and Sexuality • Genealogy • Grammar and Writing • Health and Medicine • History • Hobbies and How To • Holidays • Humor • Large Print • Life Sciences • Media • Metaphysics and Occult • Miniature Books and Journals • Music • Pets • Philosophy • Physical Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics • Political Science and Law • Psychology • Religion • Sociology • Space, Astronomy and Aviation • Transportation • Travel • True Crime • War and Civil War
FICTION (hardback, paperback and trade): Adventure and Spy • Ancient Classics and Mythology • Literature • Mysteries • Plays • Poetry • Romance • Science Fiction • Western and Historical
CHILDREN’S BOOKS AND BOOKS FOR PARENTS: Activities (word puzzles, crafts and anything fun to do) • Award winners (Caldecott and Newbery) • Christmas • Easy Readers and Chapter Books • Giftables (like-new books and bestsellers) • Educational Resources and Home Schooling • Golden Books • Hard Cover and Trade • Nonfiction • Nostalgia (from when today’s adults were kids) • Parenting • Paperbacks • Picture and Story • Puzzles and Small Games • Teen Paperbacks • Teen Hard Cover and Trade • Toddler (board, cloth and musical books)
OTHER MATERIALS: CDs • Computer Games and Software • DVDs • VHS Tapes • Vinyl Records
Are there special arrangements for dealers? Yes. All dealers attending the sale on Thursday morning should register at the back entrance of the mall. There they will be given labels with their name and box numbers to track boxes they fill. If they register with the AAUW office in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-428-0939, these labels will be pre-printed. All filled boxes will be taken by volunteers to another room, sorted by dealer name and priced. Each dealer will be presented with a printed bill, showing the price of each box and his or her grand total.
Where do the items come from? They’re all donated by individuals and organizations. If you’d like to donate books and other material that we sell, click on http://wilmington-de.aauw.net/donatebooks/. Throughout the year, volunteers sort donations and recycle books in poor condition. We take clean books to the mall and take pride in the quality of what we sell.
Who benefits from the sale? The money raised goes to college scholarships for Delaware women. For details, click on Scholarships.
What groups make the sale happen? We get support from the Concord Mall staff and security, Boscov’s, Macy’s and Sears as well as Delaware Moving and Storage and Diamond State Rentals.
What is the mall like? It has 100 stores, including a dozen restaurants, in a suburban setting. There are ATMs at both main entrances. A Barnes & Noble bookstore and two hotels are within walking distance. The mall is 45 minutes from Philadelphia, within 90 minutes from Baltimore, Lancaster, Pa., Allentown, Pa., Atlantic City, N.J., and Trenton, N.J., and within 2.5 hours of Washington, New York and Salisbury, Md. www.concordmall.com.
Do you know of other places to get used books? We have an ongoing relationships with the following:
Friends of Hockessin Library Book Sale: Sale is usually in late January at the Hockessin Memorial Hall, 1225 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, Del.; Larry Thurrell at 302-584-1793; www.friendsofthehockessinlibrary.com
Kennett Area Senior Center. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon.-Sat., 113 S. Union St., Kennett Square, Pa.; 610-444-6069; www.kennettseniorcenter.org
Thomas Macaluso Rare and Fine Books. Books, antiquarian maps and prints, autographs, and ephemera. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 130 S. Union St., Kennett Square, Pa.; 610-444-1063
Unionville High School PTO Used Book Sale. Sale is usually late February (with a snow date the following weekend) at Unionville High School, 750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, Pa.; www.uhsbooksale.org
We also know about these used-book sales by regional AAUW branches:
April 2014, Bethlehem, Pa. AAUW-Bethlehem will hold its 52rd annual used Book Fair from Thursday, April 24, 2014 through Monday, April 28 at the Pool Building on Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem, PA. We expect close to 50,000 used books, CDs and DVDs to be for sale. Proceeds go to college scholarships and the “Let’s Read Math” program.
May 2014, Doylestown, Pa. http://aauw-doylestown.org/booksale.shtml
May 2014, State College, Pa. www.aauwstatecollege.org/bookSale/default.html
July 2014, Valley Forge, Pa. http://aauwvalleyforge.org/home.html
July, Reading, Pa. http://reading-pa.aauw.net/bonanza
September, Easton, Pa. http://easton-pa.aauw.net/activities/bookfair
October, Allentown, Pa. www.aauwallentownpa.org/calendar2009-10.htm