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Greenville Literacy Association Schedules The Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale

Jun 01, 2018 02:42PM ● By Kathleen Maris
Greenville Literacy Association (GLA) has scheduled its 17th annual The Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale for Saturday, August 11, 2018, 8:30a.m. to 4p.m., at McAlister Square on South Pleasantburg Drive (free entrance). Early bird shoppers can pay $10 to enter at 7:30a.m. Shoppers can return on Sunday, August 12th from 1-4p.m. and pay only $10 to fill a bag of books. To gain early access to the books in a cocktail setting with entertainment and light hors d’oeuvres, the public can pay $35 each (or $60/couple) and attend the Preview Party on Friday, August 10th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Over the weekend, Greenville Literacy will welcome approximately 15,000 shoppers to choose from more than 140,000 books. Everyone from collectors to avid readers to those just learning will find great titles at deep bargain prices. All proceeds from the book sale will go directly to Greenville Literacy Association to fund its three Greenville County learning centers.

The Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale is Greenville Literacy Association’s largest annual fundraising event and features books in a variety of categories: fiction, nonfiction, children’s, young adults, cookbooks, self-help books, and more. Prices range from two for $1 to $5 and books may be purchased with cash, check, or credit card.

Last year, The Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale raised more than $130,000. A total of 140,000 books were donated. Approximately 300 volunteers worked the day of the event and 500 others helped in advance of the event collecting and sorting books and setting up for the event.

In Greenville County, there are more than 42,000 adults over the age of 25 living without a high school credential and more than 20,000 that speak English “less than very well.” GLA is helping to move our neighbors out of poverty through adult education and literacy. A key focus for most of GLA’s learners is improving their basic skills to help secure and retain employment, and GLA strives to help them reach that goal for their own personal good and also for the good of the community.

Greenville Literacy Association is asking individuals and businesses to donate new or used books in good condition to be sold at The Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale. Book collections are running now through July 27, 2018 at our McAlister Square location. Please visit to view our donation guidelines.

The following collection centers are also accepting new and used books from June 11 through July 27:

Cadence Academy Mauldin & Greenville
Coldwell Banker Caine
Community Journals
Elliott Davis
Erwin Penland
Furman Library
GLA Downtown Greenville Learning Center
GLA Golden Strip Learning Center
GLA Greer Learning Center
Greer Athletic Club
Greenville Tech English Dept and Library
John Knox Presbyterian
Mauldin United Methodist
Michelin Headquarters
Michelin Donaldson
St. Mary's Catholic
St. Peter's Episcopal
Starbucks Augusta Road
T&S Brass
Trinity Lutheran
Upstate First Citizens Bank Locations
Upstate Sports Club Locations
Westminster Presbyterian
Whole Foods
YMCA Eastside