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Book Stack slashes prices during annual sale

Loose change goes a long way at the Book Stack, a non profit new and used bookstore in the Mary Reed Building. On April 25 and 26, customers can buy twice as much when the Book Stack offers 50 percent off all books during its annual spring sale.

Normally priced at a dollar, all hardcover and trade fiction titles will sell for 50 cents. The sale will feature new inventory and will run 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The store turns over 30,000 to 50,000 books yearly and carries a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction, all of which will be on sale.

“If you want it, we got it,” says Dorothy Von Drehle, who manages the 22 book stack volunteers. She’s also one of the two Women’s Library Association members who run the store. Except for collectables, most books offered are priced below five dollars, she says.

“We’re doing great business selling one and two dollar books,” says Von Drehle.

Because it relies entirely on public and private donations and is housed by the University, the store can offer low prices and still turn a profit.

Von Drehle estimates that in the past fiscal year, the bookstore made close to $30,000. All proceeds from the Book Stack benefit Penrose Library.

“We have some very regular customers, but also people who have no clue what they’re missing out on,” she says.

The Book Stack is open regularly from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Tax-deductible donations of used or new books may be dropped off during regular hours or arranged by calling 303-871-3405.

[Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly  listed the sale dates as Saturday and Sunday instead of Friday and Saturday.]

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