Purchase Pieces Of History At Washington’s Used Book Sale


The Washington Historical Society will host their 2nd Annual Used Book Sale on August 5 and 12 at the Washington Historical Museum.

The event corresponds to the days and hours the museum is typically open, which are the second and fourth Sundays of the month from 1 to 4 p.m. The museum will be open for self-guided tours during the event and admission is free.

Participants can browse through the museum’s large collection of gently-used books to find that special book that they have been looking for. There are hardcover and paperback books available, including non-fiction, novels, how-to, crafts and more.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Washington Historical Society’s “Saving Energy to Preserve History” project, which includes replacing the 100-year-old furnace at the museum.

“Sometimes people can find exactly what they’re looking for, and other times they come out with something they never expected to find,” said Jim Holcomb, President of the Washington Historical Society. “It’s curious; you never know what someone is going to drop off.”

The used book sale typically turns out a small amount of people, but the Society is looking forward to possibly having a larger crowd this year. “The turnout really depends on a few things,” said Holcomb. “It depends on the weather, and what day people come to the event. People tend to find less on the second Sunday because people came on the first Sunday and found what they wanted, so everything’s been picked through.”

The Society is currently hosting their Christmas-in-July Sale and the second and final day for that sale is Sunday, July 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. This sale offers various collections, including a large doll collection. The collection was given to the Society by the estate of a woman who was the secretary of the Society for many years.

The Washington Historical Museum is located at 58230 Van Dyke, between 26 Mile Rd. and West Rd. For more information about events or hours of operation, call 586-786-5304 or visit washhistsoc.org.