By Todd Grooten
The annual Benton House Book Sale will be held July 21–23 on the grounds of the historic Benton House, at 312 South Downey Avenue, with free admission. If you’re looking for great used books at great prices, join us at the following times:
Friday, July 21, 5–8 p.m.
Saturday, July 22, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday, July 23 ($5 bag sale day), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card. To offset merchant costs, we’ll ask customers to pay a $1 fee to use a credit card.
Our sale is one of the largest book sales in Indianapolis, with thousands of titles to browse through. Prices range from $1 for paperbacks to $2 for hard covers, and children’s books are at a special low price. On Sunday, you can buy a bag of books for just $5! (We provide the bag.)
In addition to books, this year we’re selling gently used items from the Benton House, including decor, furniture, lawn and garden equipment, and gently used Christmas decorations. We’ll still feature recycled Christmas items as part of our annual holiday bazaar, but we wanted to give people a head start on their holiday. Christmas is right around the corner!
The sale is a culmination of months of hard work by volunteers in the community who donate, haul, sort, and set up thousands of books under a tent donated by longtime east side business Montgomery Tent & Awning Company. Book drops have been in place since mid-May at several Irvington businesses, including Black Sheep, Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza, Lincoln Square, and The Mug. Many thanks to our supporters!
Proceeds from the sale benefit the Benton House, a Second Empire home built in 1873. It was the home of Allen R. Benton, twice president of Butler University. The Irvington Historic Landmarks Foundation was founded in 1966 to purchase and restore the Benton House. In 1969, the Benton House Association was formed to maintain the house and promote it as rental space for weddings, showers, and other events.