Harvard Book Store’s Summer 2014 Warehouse Sale Is Coming

The book sale is so popular that they're giving out five golden tickets, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-style, for early entry.

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Calling all book hoarders: the Harvard Book Store summer warehouse sale is upon us. This Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, the bookstore will open its Somerville warehouse to make a wide selection of discounted used, remainder, and collectible books available to the public.

We’re talking thousands upon thousands of treasurable reads stockpiled in a 6,500-square-foot space near Union Square. Think: Black Friday for proud book nerds; or a fashion flash sale where, instead of fighting over Louboutins, customers scour for Salingers and Steinbecks.

Casual shoppers can leisurely show up, peruse, and pick up a few items that strike their fancy—a belated Father’s gift perhaps, or maybe a couple of beach reads.

Meanwhile, seasoned HBS warehouse veterans will spend the rest of this week refining their reading lists and checking them twice, so when Saturday morning rolls around, they’ll be the first in line, ready to strike the warehouse for optimal savings and bounty.

Pro tip for serious scavengers: HBS is hosting two fun promotions along with this season’s warehouse sale.

1. To gain early entry into the warehouse sale on Saturday, take part in the store’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-style competition. Email a haiku about book browsing and book discovery to goldenticket@harvard.com before Thursday at 8 p.m., and five winners will receive “golden tickets” to get into the warehouse an hour early. The store’s five favorite haikus will also be included in an HBS newsletter.

2. When you’re there, tweet your favorite find using #HBSWarehouseSale. The store will pick a winner from each day to receive a $25 store gift card.


The Harvard Book Store summer warehouse sale will take place Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 14 Park St., Somerville. For more info, visit harvard.com.