WASHINGTON (Oct. 27, 2010)—National Geographic is bringing truckloads of books, maps, globes, toys, clothing, luggage and more to its warehouse sale in Portland, Ore., in December. The event will be held at the Oregon State Convention Center, 777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Portland, from Friday, Dec. 3, to Sunday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Fourteen tractor trailers will be loaded with almost everything that National Geographic has offered for sale in the past five years. Many of the items seen in National Geographic gift catalogs as well as 300 book titles will be available. Prices will be discounted up to 90 percent.
“This year’s sale is one of the largest ever. We have more than 600 different products — that’s 200,000 of the best-quality books, maps, DVDs, toys, travel accessories and gifts from around the world,” said Bill O’Donnell, National Geographic’s director of sales, publishing.
New to the Portland sale this year will be a display of rolled and framed prints of some of National Geographic’s most iconic photographs, which also are available at www.printsNGS.com. Also, for the first time in many years, educational materials from National Geographic School Publishing will be featured.
“Our warehouse sales attract both devoted fans of National Geographic and serious bargain hunters. The sales are a perfect opportunity to get a jump on holiday shopping. There is something for everybody on your list, be they professional or amateur traveler, adventurer, scientist, gardener, history buff, photographer, animal lover, student or teacher. Our books alone will be 20 percent to 90 percent off list price. People shopping for schools often buy lots of materials. At our last sale, the showroom was virtually emptied of merchandise,” O’Donnell said.
The sale is being promoted through mailings, newspaper ads and radio spots. National Geographic members and teachers have received postcards that they can bring to the sale to exchange for a free National Geographic photography book.
A National Geographic warehouse sale also will be held in Seattle from Friday, Nov. 26, to Sunday, Nov. 28. Sale hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 375 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; school publishing programs; interactive media; expeditions; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 9,400 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.