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Thousands Expected to Treasure Hunt at Fall Book Sale

PHOTO: Some of the antique books available at the sale. Photo credit: David McFarland, book sale volunteer.
PHOTO: Some of the antique books available at the sale. Photo credit: David McFarland, book sale volunteer.
October 11, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa - More than 600,000 new and used books, magazines, puzzles, CDs, DVDs and games are available starting today at the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland annual Fall Book Sale. Co-chair Wanda Anderson says it draws thousands from across the Midwest, searching for bargains and treasures.

"We have people from Alabama, Illinois and Minnesota. We usually have a crowd of from 6,000 to 8,000 people for the full five days of the sale."

Collectibles available include Civil War discharge papers and many signed, first-edition books - some are from the 1800s. She says volunteers go through literally tons of donated items, assessing viability and value.

"We have over 150 year-long volunteers who volunteer their time to mark all the books. Each person has a category they specialize in, and they mark their books accordingly to what they figure they're worth."

The sale, at the state fairgrounds 4-H building, has a complete new layout this year. Admission on opening day is $10 a person; for the remainder of the sale, buyers are admitted free.

More information is available at www.DesMoinesBookSale.com.

Richard Alan, Public News Service - IA