Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Book Sale Volunteer Discovers Cash In A Hollow Book, Then Stuns Everyone With Her Next Move.

A reader lives a thousand lives through the pages of a book. If you're an avid bookworm, then you probably understand why reading is one of life's greatest pleasures. Reading not only keeps you mentally stimulated but it also allows you to improve your memory. Books are treasure troves of knowledge, indeed. But sometimes they may come with hidden gems underneath their plain-looking covers.

Book Collections

Books are a crucial part of our lives. But when you want to donate them, where are you supposed to go? For some reason, getting rid of our beloved books is no easy task. But every now and then, we feel the need to declutter our homes from novels and books we have already read twice. So where do you go?

Largest Charity Used Book Sale

There are many volunteer organizations that accept book donations and clothes. Volunteer Nonprofit Service Association Inc. is one of them. The Phoenix, Arizona group of volunteers work all year long handling donations and collecting more than 600,000 books from donors. For some, the VNSA is “the largest charity used book sale in the Southwest.”

Cathy McAllister

Once they receive a large number of books, the group of 130+ volunteers makes sure to sort them out, price them, and get them ready for the big event that takes place every February. Cathy McAllister, a retired schoolteacher is among this pristine group of volunteers who get the books ready for their February sale. Cathy pretty much runs the show. She coordinates all the other volunteers and making sure every link in the chain runs smoothly throughout the event, like a well-oiled machine.

 Cathy McAllister


Volunteering Again

They make sure to supply people with affordable books while raising money at the same time for local charities such as the Literacy Volunteers of Maricopa County and the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Right before the 2019 book sale, Cathy found herself volunteering once again.

“The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire”

She was going through a pile of books when suddenly, she stumbled upon a beaten-down version of Edward Gibbon’s “The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire” which really caught her eye. All things considered, the book was in pretty good condition, but Cathy had already found three of these books in the past and they were less worn down. Clearly, the book needed to be repurposed so she threw it in the “repurposing” pile.

“The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire”


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