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Great deals on books and gifts

December 23, 2009 4:48:52 AM PST
The new Giant Book Warehouse occupies the former site of a Linens and Things at the Marple Crossroads Shopping Center in Springfield, Delaware County.

Inside, the shelves and displays are packed with thousands of books along with gift items. All are discounted 50% to 80%.

The books aren't brand-new releases, but they're not that old, either. Employee Paulina Torres explains the publication dates on the books are "Not five years ago, but not like they came out this week, maybe a couple of months ago. It's not like Borders, but you can save yourself like $30 just by waiting a couple of months."

The stock includes something for just about everyone.

Oprah's "O Magazine Guide to Life" was originally $29.95. At the Giant Book Warehouse, you'll pay just $10.

Rachael Ray cookbooks that were $12.95 are selling for $4.99.

And a NASCAR Family Album that was originally $50 is reduced to just $10.

There's a huge children's section -- filled with both books and toys.

There we found a Pirates of the Caribbean photo-viewer book, that was originally $24.99 on sale for $7.50.

Betty Sparklin of West Chester, Pa., was stocking up on holiday gifts for her grandchildren.

"I found some cute little toys and I'll get them a book or two probably," she said, adding that she found the prices very reasonable.

Among the other gift items we found were body lotions and bath sets, DVDs, and iPod speakers. All less than half-price.

Much of the stock here is manufacturer's overruns. And when the inventory for a particular items is gone, it's gone for good. So, you'll want to buy when you see something, not wait to see if the price will drop some more.

In addition to the Giant Book Warehouse at 400 South State Street in Springfield, the owners operated four stores called "Bargain Book Warehouses."

The locations are:
101 E. Swedesford Road in Exton, Pa.
1800 Clements Bridge Road in Deptford, N.J.
500 Route 38 in Cherry Hill
101 East Street Road in Feasterville


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