The 21st annual Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale in Greenville, SC

This is big, really big…and good, and cheap. The 21st annual Really Good, Really Big, Really Cheap Book Sale, is this weekend (Sat., Aug. 13-Sun., Aug. 14) at McAlister Square (225 S. Pleasantburg Dr.).

The sale, featuring thousands of donated books (last year’s sale featured 130,000 books), is Greenville Literacy Association’s (GLA) largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit’s mission of “enriching our community by increasing the literacy + employability of our citizens.”

Here’s what you can expect this weekend + how you can get involved.

If you didn’t get tickets to Friday night’s Kick-Off Party and book sale preview, don’t worry. The first full day of the sale kicks off on Sat., Aug. 13 and runs from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Entry is free. Pro tip: Come prepared to walk away with your findings by having a box or bag handy. This shopper snagged 100+ books at last year’s sale.


At $10 per bag, you could start an entire library in your home. | Photo via@its_asha_lee

The Big Bag Sale runs on Sun., Aug. 14 from 12-4 p.m. Entry is free, and shoppers can fill designated bags for $10.

Support the sale by filling its last few open volunteer spots. Open spots include:

  • Book Sale Setup | Wed., Aug. 10 | 1-5 p.m. | Place donated books from boxes on to sale tables.
  • Sale Day Helper | Sat., Aug. 13 | 12-4 p.m. | Help keep your assigned section stocked and organized.
  • Clean Up | Sun., Aug. 14 | 3:30-7:30 p.m. | Pack unsold books and load boxes onto pallets.

Have stacks of books at home you want to donate for next year’s sale? GLA will begin accepting donations in September. Follow its Instagram for updates.

Happy shopping, Greenville.

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