Sta ff pho tos by Angie Baan
Popular used book sale restarts with
finesse and professionalism.
they closed down, Blanck and
Goodman, the enthusiastic duo,
picked up the threads and got the
sale off the ground, with the
ur goal was 30,000 books,
Brandeis experts acting as mentors.
and we could be over it!" says
And the younger women can't
Jodi Goodman of West
Co-chair Roz Blanck, Nora Peisner and Blanck's sister Beth Komisar of Novi pitch in.
say enough about their predecessors.
Bloomfield — knee deep in
'All these ladies have been great to
books she and friends are sorting for the
Birth of a Book Sale and they took the
work with," says Goodman. "This is
will contribute funds to set up a chil-
information back to their board."
In barely a year, Goodman and Roz
New board members are Marianne
Blanck of West Bloomfield, resurrected
development director of
the once-popular Brandeis University
Hillel; Nancy Adler, president of Hillel's
Proceeds from the sale benefit Hillel
ect, Roz and I talked to our Brandeis
National Women's Committee Detroit
Parent Teacher Organization; and Paula
Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, the mentors and took notes — how to set
Chapter's Used Book Sale, now called
Glazier of Bloomfield Hills, treasurer of
up tables, what supplies we needed, how
"T.H.E. Friends" Used Book Sale, which Jewish Academy of Metropolitan
the current sale.
to price books, if we should sell encyclo-
is ready to roll Sunday-Wednesday, May
"We had a lot to learn, like using
18-21 at Laurel Park Place in Livonia.
detecting pens and
The Brandeis_women stopped_their -
quirks of book dealers
annual sale because they didn't have
who go underneath your tables looking
Detroit Jewish Coalition for Literacy
unteers to load, pick up and sort books
enough "young blood" to help with the
for additional books," Goodman says.
and the New Leaders Program. Council
before the sale.
rigorous work the sale demands. Once
Looking forward to the new version of
To pull off the new sale, the
the sale, the Brandeis women already
co-chairs got new sponsors
that include Council's Detroit reminisce about the great times they had
working the sale at its old Tel-Twelve
Jewish Coalition for Literacy,
mall location in Southfield.
Hillel, the AMD, the Detroit
"Opening night was a crack-up, a real
Jewish News and Schostak
Fishman says. "When we
Brothers & Company.
opened on Wednesday night, 500-600
At their first meeting, the
people would be running in with shop-
old guard women were very
ping carts they borrowed from Kmart."
impressed with their pro-
Goodman says help from the Brandeis
women was invaluable.
"They were totally profes-
"They're always in the trenches sorting
sional and tuned in," says
dropping off books; they're excel-
Dee Fishman of West
lent sources and great new friends," she
Bloomfield, who, along with
others of the old guard
including Nora Peisner of
Huntington Woods, Harriet
T.H.E. Friends Used Book Sale
Shogan of West Bloomfield
and Paula Glazier of
Sunday, May 18, at Laurel Park
Bloomfield Hills, shared their
Place in Livonia; $5. There is no
book sale experience and have
admission charge noon-6 p.m.
worked alongside the younger
Sunday or 10a.m.-9 p.m.
Monday-Wednesday, May 19-21,
"They wanted a financial
all books half-off on
record and our profit state-
For information, call
ment," Fishman says. "I gave
Old and new. book sale volunteer leaders stand inside Laurel Park Place mall a few days before its
transformed intoTH.E Friends Used Book Sale with more than 30,000 books: Beth Komisar, Jodi
Brandeis organization], The
Goodman, Dee Fishman and Roz Blanck.
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