A Bargain Hunter’s Delight: the AACI Annual Yard Sale

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UPDATE:  Post Yard Sale Report (please scroll down if you are here to read the original post)

The AACI Yard Sale last Friday was a rousing success. It accomplished both of its worthy goals – raising money for our programs and hosting an enjoyable event. As well as English, lively Hebrew and Russian conversation could be heard, as attendees hunted for bargains and chatted with each other. Although the indoor arrangement of tables was a bit crowded, buyers and sellers alike treated the situation with good humor (helped by the pleasant air conditioning), and we are already working on solutions for next time. The vendors pulled an amazing assortment of objects for sale out of bags and boxes, backpacks and shopping carts. There were books and clothes in abundance, but also musical instruments, board games – with instructions in English that parents can read!! – toys, household items both useful and decorative, as well as tons more.

And it seems like news of the sale spread far and wide. After I left the building, a woman approached me to ask simply, “Effo ha’Americaiim?” (“Where are the Americans?”) I gave her directions and a big American-style smile.

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You might think it couldn’t be done, but we’re doing it. No, this is not the new motto for all of us English-speaking olim – I’m talking about the transformation of AACI’s huge multi-purpose room into a yard. Why? You may ask. Well, to host the super-duper AACI Jerusalem Glassman Family Center annual yard sale, of course.

This exciting event, scheduled for Friday, June 8, from 9 AM to 1 PM, is a chance to browse tables full of  second-hand books, jewelry, clothes, bric-a-brac (the uptown name for tchotchkes), artwork and household goods galore. You’re likely to find some “hidden treasure,” such as vintage Mad magazines from 20 years ago. There will be bargains galore, especially in the last few minutes before closing.

Last year the yard sale was held as part of AACI’s July Fourth/Canada Day celebration. It was so successful, with hundreds of shoppers throughout the day that this year the sale is being offered as an event all on its own. The AACI Jerusalem Glassman Family Center is air-conditioned, so you can shop in comfort, and has an elevator to make it a little easier to schlep all your great finds home.

While you’re at the AACI, you may also want to take a few minutes to check out “With Brush and Pen,” a delightful exhibit of artwork and writing by Israeli children, which is part of our ongoing series of exhibits by local artists. (If you can’t make it on Friday, “With Brush and Pen” may be viewed free of charge during AACI’s regular office hours until June 15.)

Suggestions for shoppers:

  • Take a few minutes to look around at all the tables and see which ones have the type of items you are most interested in.
  • If you are planning to buy major amounts, especially of books, bring some bags or a cardboard carton to carry home your new treasures.
  • Please bring some small bills and coins to pay for your items. Our vendors are not professional merchants, and will have only a limited supply of change.
  • Snacks may be purchased across the street at the Hadar Mall. Sorry, food and beverages are not permitted in the yard sale venue.
  • Most important, bring your friends and your high spirits, and have a great time!

 The AACI Yard Sale will be held Friday, June 8, 2012, from 9 AM to 1 PM at

AACI Jerusalem – Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center, Pierre Koenig 37, corner of Poalei Tzedek 2, Talpiot    MAP
Buses # 21 & 49 stop on Pierre Koenig across from AACI; 71, 72, 74 & 75 stop  at Tzomet Habankim, a 10-minute walk away.
For information, please call (02)566-1181.
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People of the Bargain Book

A good book on your shelf is a friend that turns its back on you and remains a friend.

~Author Unknown

If you love to curl up with a good book under a blanket on these wintry days, or if you’re looking for a gripping novel to take with you on your next trip, you won’t want to miss the AACI Book Sale. The event will take place on Sunday, February 20 and Monday, February 21 from 10:00 am-4:30 pm at the AACI Glassman Family Center in Jerusalem.

Books have a prominent place in the AACI Family Center. Since moving into the new building last year, AACI and AMIT became partners in establishing the AMIT-AACI English library and bringing the lending library to new heights. The library hosts an impressive collection of books which have all been donated including fiction, short stories, mysteries, biographies, science fiction, fantasy, Judaism and more. A cart with books for sale can be found outside the library in the AACI reception area. These paperbacks and hardbacks are often duplicates of books in the library or are on topics that may have a specific readership.

Once or twice a year, a major book sale takes place. Next week, hundreds of books will be on sale for only NIS 5 – NIS 10 per book. All books have been donated and profits will go to support AACI and AMIT activities. Volunteer librarian Rolene Segal said, “I am amazed at the quality of books that people bring in to donate. There is both a wide variety and interesting mix including books published in America and Britain.”

There will truly be something for everyone. The AACI-Cohen Library for the Visually Impaired (also located in the AACI Glassman Family Center) will be selling large print books and books on tape at the sale.

Take advantage of this recycling opportunity to go through your bookshelves, sort out English books you no longer need and make room for new ones! Books can be brought to AACI up until Thursday, February 17.  (English language books only. Please do not bring in encyclopedias, textbooks, school books, or journals.)

Rolene asks that you spread the word about the upcoming book sale and the wonderful English library. She is certain that there are many people out there who would benefit but are not aware of this special resource in Jerusalem.

So “people of the book”, don’t miss out! Hundreds of bargain books are waiting for you at AACI.

Book sale: Sunday, February 20 and Monday, February 21 from 10:00 am-4:30 pm at the Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center, 37 Pierre Koenig, 4th floor, Talpiot, Jerusalem

AMIT-AACI Library Hours:

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Wednesday- 9:00 am – 8:00 pm (note new evening hours!)

Thursday- 9:00 – 4:00

For further information, phone 02-566-1181 Ext. 323.