The 58th Annual VNSA Used Book Sale Opens February 15 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds

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Books were laid out in the warehouse at the Phoenix fairgrounds for the 57th annual used book sale in 2013.

It's that time of year again; time to dedicate a couple of days sifting, flipping, and sniffing through hundreds of thousands of used books and taking home a bag-, cart-, or truck-full of discounted books. It's time for the VNSA Book Sale, where the shoppers will find themselves in a "world of words" in the exhibit building at the Arizona State Fairgrounds on Saturday and Sunday, February 15 and 16.

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Year-round, volunteers of the Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association (VNSA) spend thousands of hours gathering, sorting, and categorizing books and book-related donations in preparation for the upcoming sale. This year, they've unloaded seven semi-trucks into a warehouse at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. When the sale opens, the nearly half-million items will be organized in aisles, neatly in their categories.

The VNSA has been putting on this book sale for almost 60 years to benefit two charities, The Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation and The Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County.

As a nonprofit, it's the volunteers' passion that keeps the organization working toward this book sale every year -- that and the belief that written words will always be of value to the community. Since its opening, the VNSA has returned nearly $7.5 million to human service nonprofits.

"I think the two strengths of the VNSA are that we are raising money for the two charities, and we are also giving the opportunity to the community to buy really nice books at a great discount." says Heather Rayner, the publicity co-chair of the VNSA.

The book sale will include 27 categories, including an AV category with DVDs, CDs, computer games, and the like. The "rare and unusual" category will include a first edition of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and the first issue of Life Magazine, to name a couple.

Books will cost $1 and up. Save the rare and unusual books, most will be sold at 50 percent of their estimated value. Shoppers will get to take an additional half-off of these on Sunday.

The rare books will go for 30 percent of their retail value. In a previous year, the VNSA sold a rare book at $500, although most don't run that high.

"Two years ago I bought a book that was probably done in early 1910s. It was the complete works of William Shakespeare with full illustrations for, I'm pretty sure, less than $20." said Rayner.

To keep the book sale "fresh" every year, the VNSA contracts a company that will buy their unsold books in bulk after the sale.

The hours of the sale will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. The VNSA offers shipping accommodations from the book sale. For more information, call 602-265-6805, e-mail info@vnsabooksale.org, or visit www.vnsabooksale.org.

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Arizona State Fairgrounds

1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ

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Jerry Guevin
Jerry Guevin

Lots of old folks(80's) work to make this happen. Give them a shout out.

Kadeja Alexander
Kadeja Alexander

The most expensive book I ever bought from this fair for 5 years: $10 bucks!

Kadeja Alexander
Kadeja Alexander

Trejon Sandra Dunkley when are you going? I've been going since 10th grade, haven't missed one yet :D It's awesome!!! On Sundays the prices are half off and I literally get books for .50-2 dollars!!!

Ian Holt
Ian Holt

Kenny Iglesias you going to this?

Meg Umans
Meg Umans

Thanks, Rivka. I've gone several times, and enjoyed it, even though I used to own and operate a book store, and have plenty of books. Enjoy it if you go!

Cynthia Tabor Miles
Cynthia Tabor Miles

Becky Savallisch Leslie Young-Waller Allan Walker Linda Hopkins ya'll got to go and see this and take pictures....it will make me happy to know friends of mine were at this event.

Audra Usher
Audra Usher

Says admission is free. For someone commenting about a book sale you could try reading a short article first.

Debie Bohlke
Debie Bohlke

I was wondering when it was. Usually in Feb. haven't been able to go in awhile. It's pretty cool! Thank you for letting me know!!

Rosie Moreno
Rosie Moreno

Breanna Jeter Caitlin Coleman Telli Shepherd Kimmy Feldbauer

Ivan Valdez
Ivan Valdez

And the entrance will probably be $1000.

Cisco Harrison
Cisco Harrison

Phoenix Beer Fest and Body Art Expo going on the same weekend at the same location :D

terezib
terezib

What an incredibly lame & stupid comment - one which proves you can't read - or at best, perhaps "Goodnight Moon"?

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