Started in 1961 by alumni from Mount Holyoke, Smith, Vassar, Simmons and Wellesley colleges, the 5CBS has become one of the most anticipated sales in the Upper Valley in April. Last year, 2010, the 5CBS broke all its records and sold over 25 tons of reading material to individuals who come from as far away as Montreal and Philadelphia. There are usually between 35,000 to 40,000 carefully sorted, gently used, and modestly priced books of all categories, DVDs, CDs, books on CDs, books on tape, videos etc. Over 200 + volunteers have spent weeks collecting, dusting, culling, sorting, displaying and selling to raise funds for scholarships to benefit Vermont and New Hampshire students at Mt. Holyoke, Simmons, Smith, Vassar and Wellesley colleges. This is a two day sale and the first readers take their place well before 7 am on the first day. When the doors open at 9 am, dealers will gallup through, empty boxes in hand, to both the specials table and the auction table next to it. The traffic is constant and heavy at Lebanon High School on the first day until the doors close at 5 pm. Day two, is half price day – lots of bargains. One of the hallmarks of the 5CBS is that the books are culled because of its devotion to quality – you will not be faced with moldy texts, marked-up books, falling apart books, outdated atlases, travel books and software manuals. At the end of the two day sale there are a lot of happy readers in the Upper Valley. So stay at Breakfast on the Connecticut and enjoy a trip to the 5CBS where you can pick up all your reading for those lazy days in summer or long hours traveling by train or plane.
Saturday, April 23, 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, April 24, 12pm – 4:30 pm
Lebanon High School, 193 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH