The recent Big Bargain Book Sale in Mt. Pleasant, SC, was full of great buys at very low prices. And, there were more books than you have ever seen before on more than 300 tables. The Omar Shrine Convention Center in Mt. Pleasant was absolutely full. It was held July 5-7, 2013 by the Literacy Friends of Charleston, not to be confused with another group called Charleston Volunteers for Literacy. There seems to be almost no information on the Literacy Friends of Charleston except for their Facebook page. However, for clarification it is not a non-profit. They “promote the love of reading…. in the Lowcountry” according to their Facebook page. Teachers were allowed to have some books for free.
The books were priced at $3.00 for hardbacks and $2.00 for paperbacks, and best of all, they were half price on Sunday. Where can you get a good hardback book for $1.50? There were Fiction and Non Fiction categories. CD’s and DVD’s were for sale. They were supposed to have antiquarian books, but they never made it out, so they were not available. Since there was no door charge who can complain?
The book sale got some bad publicity from the City Paper because some shoppers had it confused with the Charleston County Library’s Friends of the Library book sale. Their sale is Oct. 11-13, 2013 at the same location. If people had googled book sales in Charleston, SC, they would have found the very helpful website BookSaleFinder.com and learned the facts.
Out of print books are very much sought after by antique shoppers and collectors. Many modern writers just do not have the personal knowledge to write a really good book. Many just rewrite what information they find in other not so good books. Also, a lot of the best books on antiques were published in England. There were numerous books on antique collecting and of historic interest, as well as “how to” books that are very useful for antique restorers. Art books were there also.
Hopefully they will have more book sales soon. Perhaps because of a lack of publicity, since it is new and does not have a following yet, or just luck, it was not that well attended. There was plenty of free parking and an easy checkout using cash, credit or debit. BookSaleFinder.com seems to be the best source of information on book sales in the Lowcountry. This was one of the best book sales ever in Charleston, SC, no doubt about that. The website ClydeAntique.com is another source of information for antique shoppers on the latest news for big sales of interest.