Members of the Walla Walla branch of the American Association of University Women will be holding fundraising pop-up book sales from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays 9-10, 16-17, 23-24 and 30- 31 in the lobby of the old YWCA Ice Cabin, 213 S. First Ave.
Throughout the pandemic, the community continued to be generous in donating books to AAUW drop boxes. Because the February 2021 fundraising book sale could not take place, there are currently around 50,000 books in stock, said Kay Raddatz, co-chair of the AAUW book committee.
All persons 2 years of age and over who participate must wear a mask. The maximum occupancy of the ice rink hall will be 20 clients at a time. All volunteers are fully vaccinated.
On most sale dates, between 4,000 and 7,000 books will be available and more books could be added as the books sell out, particularly October 9 and 10, Raddatz said.
Sales will take place in the largest categories:
- October 9-10: Fiction
- October 16-17: Collectibles has a plethora of beautiful local and Northwestern history books to collect. Many are unusual and rare, older volumes. This sale will involve about two-thirds of Northwest history books and one-third of general categories.
- October 23: Cookbooks, picture books and chapters.
- October 24: Science-fiction, young adult.
- Oct. 30: DVD and CD, literature, visual arts, performing arts.
- October 31: US / World History, Northwest and Military History, Political Commentary, Biography.
- Prices will be 50 cents for children’s illustrated books, chapters and scores, $ 2.50 for paperbacks, $ 4 for bound and audio books, $ 2 for DVDs and $ 1 for CDs. Collector’s books are sold individually, starting at $ 8.
“We anticipate high footfall and hope buyers will be patient as we are restricting occupancy for the safety of everyone. There will be a lot of inventory, so hopefully buyers will space out throughout the day. “
Faster payment is expected with new chip readers for credit / debit card stations to make payment faster and more secure. Cash and checks will also be accepted. Dress accordingly, as windows and doors will be open and fans will be running for good ventilation. Hand sanitizer will be available.
Drop-off boxes can be found at Wheatland Bakery, Grocery Outlet, the aisle behind the YWCA, Southgate Center Market, Andy’s Market in College Place, and Fry’s True Value in Milton-Freewater. Arrangements can be made to pick up large donations by calling 509-386-0421.
There will be a new member discount for all who join AAUW during these sales. New members will pay $ 51, saving $ 30 on membership fees.
The proceeds fund scholarships for local women returning to university and educational projects and events.
The next regular book sale will take place February 18-20 at the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center.