Customers laud prices and selection at Obsolete Book Sale

Finding a book store is becoming increasingly difficult.

That is just one reason why Sean McDonald, who works in Auburn, travels back to his hometown each year to examine the variety of offerings with his mother, Sandy, at South Kitsap School District’s Obsolete Book Sale.

“They generally just wheel a cart to me at some point,” said McDonald, laughing.

“Nothing really beats when you find a mythology book with notes usually written by a professor.”

For Shannon Martin, it was the thrill of searching for classics with her 4-year-old daughter, Bailey.

“I want my daughter growing up reading books and all of the classics,” she said.

The sale runs each year at the district’s Central Warehouse. Dan Glynn, who works in SKSD’s warehouse, was drawn toward an encyclopedia of American cars from 1930-42 by James H. Moloney.

“It’s a wide variety of library books, classics and old teaching kits,” Glynn said. “We even have some old maps.”

Glynn and colleague Mark Houck have the task of collecting books from each school in the district each year.

“They’re books that are either outdated or too worn,” Glynn said.

He said librarians each school make an initial determination about whether certain books fit into one of those classifications. Glynn said those recommendations then are passed along to school-board members. If both parties concur that the books are replaceable, Glynn and Houck come by to pick them up. Houck said there were enough materials to stack 30 pallets. He did not know how many books that equaled.

Paperback books are 25 cents, while hardbacks are 50 cents and textbooks cost $1. Instructional kits are $2.50. Consumers marveled over the inexpensive prices and selection, but Glynn said the event never draws large crowds. As the event approached its 2 p.m. conclusion, Glynn estimated that he had seen only 40 customers.


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