Find: Scholastic Book Sale through Dec. 14th

Every Birmingham Mom should know about the Scholastic Book Fairs  Warehouse Book Sale that takes place each year in Pelham.

You’re familiar with the book fairs that take place at schools and work places, which are always a great source of current books at attractive prices.  The annual warehouse sale is even better, with plenty of choices just in time for Christmas.

  • Most books are discounted 50% off the retail price. Certain best sellers, such as the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, are only reduced 25%, which is still a nice discount. You may purchase a box of books at a set price, or choose among books priced at $5, $2, and $1.
  • Books are organized according to age or grade level. Entire rows in the warehouse in sections such as preschool, grades 4 – 6, or even cookbooks or popular adult titles such as The Help.
  • Other items like posters, journals, pencils and stickers are discounted as well.

If you’re short on funds but have time, volunteer. Volunteers are paid $10 per hour worked in Scholastic dollars to be used toward merchandise. You can sign up to volunteer at the sale and a volunteer coordinator will contact you for another time. Even if you’re not able to volunteer this sale, you can sign up to be notified in time for the next sale.

  • Educators are usually the first to be invited to the sale, but it is open to the general public. You’ll be asked to sign in at a computer and provide your e-mail address. An assistant will print your shopping pass, which will be scanned again at check out.
  • You’ll receive coupons for the last three days of the sale at check out, so if you aren’t sure about something, you’ll have a chance to return and purchase at a discount, provided there is still stock on hand.

The sale runs from December 2 – 14. Weekday hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 9 a.m to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Closed on Sunday.

From I-65, take exit 247 on Valleydale road west toward Pelham/Helena. Take a right at the second light (look for signs saying “Book Sale”). There is security on hand to direct parking.