The book room is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:00 am for donations and for buying!
Book sale scheduled for Feb. 22-24, 2019. It will be our 50th annual sale!
It’s Our 50th Year!
The Wilmington branch of the American Association of University Women is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its sale of used books to fund college scholarships for women and is also preparing for a new chapter in its behind-the-scenes operations.
The Dollars for Scholars Used Book Sale runs Friday-Sunday, Feb. 22-24, 2019, at Concord Mall, 4737 Concord Pike, Brandywine Hundred, DE 19803. To mark the 50th year, all mass-market paperbacks will be just 50 cents.
The sale has come a long way over the years, from $320 in revenue the first year to supporting $60,000 to $100,000 in scholarships each year today.
Leaders of the branch and its book room committee are working to reduce expenses to continue the sale. Information about free or low-cost space in the Wilmington area is desired and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers interested in helping during the sale and collecting, sorting, pricing and boxing donations the rest of the year are asked to email email@example.com.
The sale runs 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. Bad weather may curtail sale hours. Most items are $1 to $5, with collectibles up to $100. Items are sorted into more than 50 categories on tables throughout the mall. The sale also includes audio books, DVDs, CDs, sheet music, puzzles, and ephemera. This year there are large selections of collectibles, literature, history, children’s and local-interest books.
All day Saturday, Feb. 23, children’s books are half price. Starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, most items are half price. On Sunday, Feb. 24, people can fill a $10 bag with their favorites.
For more information about the sale, call 302-428-0939 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The website has details about the scholarships that the sale funds and on how to make donations for future sales.
What is being sold? The area’s largest sale of used books, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, plus some postcards and prints.
What are the sale hours? The sale runs 10 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 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 50 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 • Vinyl Records
Are there special arrangements for dealers? Yes. All dealers attending the sale on the first morning of the sale 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 email@example.com 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 https://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 half 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 ongoing relationships with the following:
April, Bethlehem, Pa. http://bethlehem-pa.aauw.net/events/book-fair/
May, State College, Pa. http://www.aauwstatecollege.org/booksale.html
July, Reading, Pa. http://www.berksbookbonanaza.org
Fall, Easton, Pa. http://easton-pa.aauw.net/activities/bookfair/
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
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