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AAUW book sale makes a home at SOC


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September 26, 2013
In the 369 boxes there is a great read, a good movie and a memorable song.

Every one of those books, DVDs, CDs and albums, donated by community members, are all on sale during the 50th American Association of University Women annual used book sale Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 10 through 12. Thursday and Friday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to noon during which customers can purchase a bag of books for $8.

This is the first year the three-day sale is to be held at Services for Older Citizens, 158 Ridge, Grosse Pointe Farms.

“We wanted to form a partnership with a community organization,” said Sandy Stanley, the sale’s co-chairwoman.

AAUW members took note of three positives in approaching SOC to use its facility: spaciousness, location and regular customers.

SOC members are readers, she said.

Heidi Uhlig SOC’s director of volunteer services, agreed saying the seniors are anxious to look over the collection of books because they read all genres.

Another plus for the AAUW volunteers was being inside. In the past, AAUW members have sorted and marked the hundreds of books under the trees in a member’s driveway and stored boxes in a large garage.

Stanley said members are pleased with the venue. “We can do everything in one place. It was a nice arrangement for SOC and be in a community location. This is a good sharing of resources.”

Uhlig agreed it is a good use of the newly-renovated basement space.

Books are collected for six weeks in the summer.

They are boxed and moved to the SOC basement. AAUW members go through the books, categorizing them and pricing each. The books are divided into 29 categories, including signed books, cookbooks, novels, best sellers, mysteries and children’s books. The sale includes boxes and boxes of hard and soft covered books, CDs, DVDs and albums.

This year, the AAUW will realize a savings from past years and increase profits. Instead of paying movers to transport the boxes from the garage to the sale site, the AAUW uses the Lake Shore High School football team to the boxes from the basement to the third floor.

Sale proceeds benefit the AAUW’s scholarship program. Scholarships have been awarded to Macomb Community College students.

“We usually make $9,000 to $12,000 net profit,” Stanley said.

What books don’t sell, the SOC staff will donate to the Veterans Administration hospital, she said.

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