They've Got It Covered
Byline: Tim Christie The Register-Guard
This book-buying business is not for the faint of heart.
Witness the line at 8:30 on a cool, cloudy Saturday morning, snaking from inside the Convention Center at the Lane Events Center, outside to the sidewalk and stretching clear to the corner of the building.
See the buyers, some who'd waited all night, clutching empty cardboard boxes, plastic bins, duffel bags and rolling suitcases, waiting eagerly as the minutes tick closer to the appointed hour.
Watch as the doors open at 8:55 a.m., and the book lovers and dealers come rushing in, running to the book-laden tables, as a volunteer yells, unheeded, "Don't run! Don't run! Don't run!"
Step aside as buyers swarm the neatly stacked books, grabbing handfuls without checking titles, shoving them into boxes, then skidding them along the smooth concrete floor to designated holding areas. Then doing it all over again.
Welcome to the Friends of the Eugene Public Library annual book sale.
The sale, in its 28th year, benefits the Eugene Public Library. Last year, the event raised $75,000, and organizers were hopeful they could meet or beat that figure this year, said Dale Crawford, Friends of the Library president.
This year, for the first time, the sale is taking place in the 22,000-square-foot Performance Hall inside the Convention Center, providing about twice as much space as Wheeler Pavilion, where the sale has been in past years.
Some 60,000 volumes were for sale, along with CDs, videotapes, books on tape, sheet music, records and pamphlets, donated by community members throughout the year, then sorted, organized and moved to the fairgrounds by more than 300 volunteers. Most sell for $1 each.
The bargain prices and huge collection draw book lovers and dealers from around the state.
Meet Cindy and Don Putt from Tillamook County, first in line. …