Planned Parenthood Book Sale Expecting Big Turnout

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s Book Sale wants to celebrate the 55th anniversary in a big way.

“We did it for our 50th anniversary, so we decided that when the 55th came we thought we should again,” said Wanda Anderson, organizer of the sale. “Well, we had to do it.”

She calls the sale a book lover's paradise. They offer over 400,000 books and related items, all categorized and individually marked.

“The quilts and the stamps are something that we never really had before,” said David McFarland, volunteer. “The face value of the stamps alone is over $3,000.”

Books range from collectible "oldies" to recent best-sellers and include first editions and rare finds, plus CDs, DVDs, puzzles and posters. The sale raises funds for the support of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.

“Cooks books are always a big seller,” said Anderson. “Kids stuff always goes fast too. It looks like we don’t have a lot but we have 56 tables worth.”

The books range in price. They start at as low as $.25 to $700. That $700 book is “Das neue Bilderbuch,” by Tom Frued.

“It was made in 1912 and it’s in German. It has an auction value of $3,000,” said McFarland. “We price everything really low so we can sell them. People can really get some good values.”

The sale starts Thursday at 3:00 p.m. There is an admission on Thursday, $10. The rest of the event is free to attend.