Used book sale raises thousands for museum

August 21, 2018

Jeffrey, Marie and John Archambault of South Point, Ohio, look at novels together during the Macy's Presents Hilltop: Books Only sale Sunday at the Huntington Museum of Art.

HUNTINGTON— A year’s worth of used books donated to the Huntington Museum of Art went up for sale by the box and bag full Sunday afternoon as the museum hosted its annual Hilltop: Books Only sale, presented by Macy’s.

The weekend sale raises around $12,000 for museum programming each year, said Jennifer Wheeler, HMA director of development.

“It’s a yearlong effort collecting and organizing these books, and there’s a lot of staff and volunteer time that goes into it,” Wheeler said. “A lot of people put in a lot of time to culminate into this two-day book fair.”

Priced simply at $3 per hardback, $2 per softback and $1 for children’s books, bibliophiles could truly get their money’s worth in the last hours Sunday as books were instead sold for $5 per bag and $10 per box from 3 to 5 p.m.

The sale is well supported by the community each year — evident by the thousands raised from small purchases— and the response was nothing short this summer.

“This is an event that the community loves, and we love being able to provide it,” Wheeler said. “It gets people up on the hill and after they’ve gone to the book fair, we encourage them to visit the museum.”

Donated books may be dropped off year-round at the museum’s loading dock behind the conservatory. The museum can also arrange to pick up large donations by calling 304-529-2701.

In addition to the presenting sponsor Macy’s, Hilltop: Books Only is also sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Art, Culture and History.

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