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I went too hard at the Five Colleges Book Sale

You guys.

The Five Colleges Book Sale was amazing.

See those two bags right there? That’s everything I bought at the sale.* I regret nothing.

I went on Sunday, which was both half-price day and the last day of the sale, and I was still there for about two hours (and that was before I realized there were more books in the cafeteria!!). I was worried it was going to be picked over, but that wasn’t the case at all. I made off with some steals. I could have stayed there all day.

Kudos to all of the organizers and volunteers for their hard work and tremendous efforts! I was awed by the vast quantity of books and how well-sorted everything was.

*Disclaimer: The two books visible on top – and the two books immediately below them that are not visible – were not purchased at the sale; someone brought some free books into the office last week and I picked them up there. Everything else, though, was a book sale find.

– Amanda

Books on books on books

Set your alarms, folks: The famed Five Colleges Book Sale is happening tomorrow!

No idea what I’m talking about? Don’t worry, I’ll fill you in.

WHAT: The Five Colleges Book Sale is an annual, volunteer-run book sale whose proceeds benefit students attending, you guessed it, five colleges — Mount Holyoke, Simmons, Smith, Vassar and Wellesley. About 35,000-40,000 items — new and previously enjoyed books, CDs, DVDs, prints and more — will be available for purchase.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday (all items half price)

WHERE: Lebanon High School gymnasium, Lebanon

DETAILS: They’ll take plastic this year! (Win!!)

This is a big event (literally) and organizers and volunteers have been preparing for weeks. I personally have had it marked on my calendar since at least the beginning of the month. (As Lady Gaga famously sang, some of us just like to read.)


Hardcore patrons have been known to start lining up nearly two hours before the doors open, but I have it on good authority that even if you aren’t first in line, there are still plenty of treasures to be had. (The sale also is just as good on Sunday, too, according to sources.) I planned to go last year, but ended up having to go out for the weekend. I was bummed I missed it, and I ended up envious of my co-workers when I heard about all the cool stuff they’d snagged. Not again!

Will you be attending?

— Amanda