For avid readers, the Green Valley Book Fair is well worth the trip outside of Charlottesville! This book fair is situated in a 25,000 square foot warehouse, and houses over 800,000 books each year! The marketing brochure advertises the fair as offering 60-90% off of retail price, and I’d venture to say you may save even more! The fair has every category of book imaginable; business, children’s books, sports, cooking, history, bestsellers, fiction, outdoors, arts & crafts, gardening, reference books, health, self-help, travel, audio books, and so much more. It is situated into 3 major sections, and it’s as easy to shop as a Barnes & Noble!
The trip to the Green Valley Book Fair from Charlottesville will take 45 minutes to an hour, as it is located just South of Harrisonburg, VA. Located at 2192 Green Valley Lane in Mount Crawford, VA, you should plan for it to take about 50 minutes, each way. Please visit the map to the Green Valley Book Fair at the bottom of this post!
The book fair has an incredible selection- it could be a great place to stock up on gifts all year long! These books are typically very up-to-date or may be one season behind what is hot on the shelves right now. Some of my personal favorites are the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking books that typically run about $21.00 – $25.00 retail, and that you can buy for $5.00 at the fair, and beautiful coffee table hardback books and cook books that also typically run in the $20+ price range but that are for sale here as low as $3.50! I am always pleasantly surprised to spend in the $100-$125 price range while getting at least 25 books, and replenishing my stock of gift books that I give to new home buyers, my favorite cookbooks to give to recent newlyweds, and my favorite baby books to give to new moms!
The fair is situated between 3 major sections. When you first walk in, the fair looks to be about the size of a typical Barnes & Noble Store, but then the excitement awaits you around the corner when you realize there is still an entirely separate section upstairs, and then just as you think you’ve seen it all there is a huge section on the bottom floor that spans the entire building as well! Make sure to plan to be at the book fair for at least an hour, because you can barely even skim through the categories any faster than that!
The book fair is open for a select set of dates, about 15 days at a time each time. There is definitely some benefit to going towards the beginning of a new opening, since while there is a HUGE selection and plenty to choose from, there are definitely some books that are very popular and that the fair will only receive a couple copies of.
Green Valley Book Fair 2010 Dates:
- March 13 – March 28, 2010
- May 15 – May 31, 2010
- July 3 – July 18, 2010
- August 21 – September 6, 2010
- October 9 – October 24, 2010
- November 26 – December 18, 2010
Green Valley Book Fair Times
- Open 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. daily, including Sundays and Memorial Day!
Green Valley Book Fair Details
- The book fair accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and American Express.
- There is a vending machine for drinks inside, and a stand set up outside with hot dogs and snacks. Food and drink are not permitted inside the book fair buildings.
Photos from the Green Valley Book Fair
Map to the Green Valley Book Fair – 2192 Green Valley Lane / Mount Crawford, VA 22841.
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