Thursday, December 31, 2009

This Is It

Last day of our storewide sale. Everything in the store is either 25%, 40% or 50% off. Only exclusions are special orders, imprinting, Burry Bookstore gift cards, and consignment merchandise. We are open from 9:30 am until 6:00 pm.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Two More Days

Our Storewide Sale is halfway over - everything in the store is either 25%, 40%, or 50% off. Only exclusions are Burry gift cards, imprinting, special orders, and consignment merchandise. Two more days - sale ends on 12-31-09.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Today is the day

Today is the day to buy whatever it is you've had your eye on. Storewide Sale - 3 More Days. Everything in the store is either 25%, 40% or 50% off. Only exclusions are special orders, imprinting, consignment merchandise and Burry Bookstore gift cards.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Storewide Sale - 4 Days Only

Storewide Sale
4 Days Only
Monday - Thursday
Dec. 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st

25% OFF all in stock merchandise
(a few exclusions apply)

Does not apply to the following:

***Items already marked 40-50% off
***Special orders
***Burry Bookstore gift cards
***Consignment merchandise

We hope to see you during our special sale we are having at year end.

If you've had your eye on something but have been putting off buying it, now is the time!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Burry's is the Place to be Two Days Before Christmas

We're right here waiting to help you get those last few gifts purchased and wrapped. Come on down. We'll be open until 6:00 pm today and from 9:30 until 5:00 tomorrow on Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Pick it Out, Get it Wrapped (for free), Pay for it, and You're Done!

Checking off your list is as easy as can be at Burry's - pick it out, we'll wrap it for free. Pay for it and you're out of here - quick as a wink!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Do You Ever Have to Hit Your Emergency Button to Find Your Car?

Shopping at Burry's is most convenient. If there's not a parking spot in front of our store, drive around and use our back entrance off of College Avenue. There's a large parking lot with plenty of space. After you've found what you've needed and we've wrapped it for free, you don't have to search for miles for your car when you leave our store! Ahhhh. . . . the convenience of shopping at home.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Need a Christmas Gift for a Baby?

Can't decide what to get the new baby for Christmas? Photo growth charts from Peaceable Kingdom Press make a good gift.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Hartsville Author Sara Odom - Tomorrow!

On Friday, December 18, 2009
Burry Bookstore is hosting
an author meet and greet from 3:00 until 5:00 pm.
Author and Educator Dr. Sara Odom will be signing copies
of her new childrens book Precious Puddin'.

"When Gram first saw me, she leaned over and called me Precious, and then she gently added Puddin'. You know, like a first and last name, Precious Puddin'. That was that. I became known as Precious Puddin'."

Precious Puddin' is not an ordinary name, but Mary Hannah is not an ordinary little girl. Embrace a child's heartwarming discovery of the specialness of family love in Precious Puddin', the second book in Sara S. Odom's Gram's Tales series. Precious Puddin' will steal your heart as she learns the magic of endearments and passes on the bond to her baby brother.

Presently, Sara is a professor of education at Coker College where she teaches reading methods courses to prospective teachers. She is a native Hartsvillian who attended Hartsville area schools growing up. Sara taught in the public schools of Darlington County for twenty-five years. She would like to take this opportunity to invite former students to come by Burry's to say hello and catch her up on what they are doing these days. "Teachers always enjoy hearing the success stories of their former students," comments Sara, "and perhaps they may even want to buy a copy of Precious Puddin'. That would be a fun autograph!"

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Inexpensive Add On Gifts for Someone Who Loves to Read

Page Pals from Ganz are fuzzy cloth bookmarks in the image of dogs and cats.

Magnetic Page Clips from Re-marks Inc. Each magnetized side gently clips over the page. 12 styles to choose from.

Monday, December 14, 2009

For the Curious Child

Got a child on your Christmas list who asks questions about everything - needs to know all the details? This "Up Close" series of books is just the thing to satisfy their curiosity. We have a few copies left of the books on ships, airplanes, fire engines, heavy equipment, and race cars. Reasonably priced, the detailed pictures and dust cover that folds open into a poster are a neat gift idea.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Half Price Calendars are Going Fast!

We have a large selection of 2010 calendars that are selling quickly! Scenes from the beach to the mountains, page a day calendars, and designs for the little people in your household - you just can't beat the prices!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ramblings Offers a Great Gift Idea for the Men on Your List

Ben McC. Moise will be signing copies of Ramblings of a Low Country Game Warden tomorrow - Friday, December 11th - from 3:00 until 5:30 pm!

From the book:
"Although I could hardly call it an obsession, I had pretty much wanted to be a game warden since my first encounter with one back in the mid-1950s. Every afternoon while delivering newspapers by bicycle in rural Sumter County, I stopped by a small country store along my route (a fore-runner of the 7-Eleven), owned by G. A. Thompson, a delightful and gregarious old gentleman. There I had the opportunity to listen to the adventures of a game warden who routinely arrived about the same time I did. Without fail he would buy a cold bottle of Coca-Cola, which he called a "dope," and a cellophane bag of salted peanuts. After taking a hefty swig of Coke, he would pour the peanuts and a sleeve of BC Powder into the bottle. There was no end to the stories he told as he variously shook, swigged, and chewed that amazing concoction."

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A Few Quilted Purses Left On Hand

We have a few of the quilted Clemson and Carolina purses by Get Ready Girls left on hand. Better come by and get one today if that's on your Christmas list. Also have a few of the "jersey" bags left too. Don't miss out - they won't hang around for long.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Books with Plush Animals to Match from Sylvan Dell Publishing

Moose and Magpie written by Bettina Restrepo and illustrated by Sherry Rogers

It isn’t easy being a moose. You’re a full-grown adult at the age of one, and it itches like crazy when your antlers come in! In Bettina Restrepo’s Moose and Magpie, young Moose is lucky to find a friend and guide in the wisecracking Magpie. “What do the liberty bell and moose have in common?” the Magpie asks as the seasons begin to change. Then, when fall comes: “Why did the moose cross the road?” Vivid illustrations by Sherry Rogers bring these characters to life. Laugh along with Moose and Magpie, and maybe—just maybe—Moose will make a joke of his own!

The 6.5" soft, plush moose makes a great add on gift for a special friend.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Journals from Punch Studio

Wire-bound journals with an oval window and protective insert for a 4" x 6" photo. 100 lined pages.

Friday, December 4, 2009

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

Featuring ten sleepy dinosaurs, this adorable book celebrates the funny, endearing, naughty bedtime behavior of young children . . . and young dinosaurs.

The Tyrannosaurus Rex Doll measures 14" tall.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Author and Poet Doreen Reid at Burry Bookstore Tomorrow

On Friday, December 4, 2009, Burry Bookstore is hosting
an author meet and greet from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.
Author and Poet Doreen Reid
will be signing copies of her book He's Worthy.

He's Worthy is a unique book that combines the Word of God and poetry to bring about healing and deliverance to all readers. It is divided into sections and features inspiration that provides strength and wisdom to both male and female readers.

Author and Poet Doreen Reid is a Charleston native and has appeared on Dove Broadcasting Television Network in Greenville and WPDE News with Tony Brown. She has also been featured on numerous radio broadcasts. She is a former educator and now owns and operates He's Worthy Publications and Products. Doreen and her family now reside in Cheraw.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Last minute gift idea

Handbordered notes from Crane & Co. make a great gift and can be personalized right here in our store. 100% cotton paper in either white or ivory with various colored borders are available. Paper measures 3 13/16 x 5 5/16. Can be personalized with either initials or a name.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

What happens when she comes to the end of the alphabet?

Sue Grafton's U is for Undertow releases today. Once again, she has created a twisting, complex, surprise-filled, and totally satisfying thriller. Kinsey Millhone agrees to help Michael Sutton locate a grave he discovered 21 years earlier, but as the investigation unfolds, Kinsey discovers Michael has an uneasy relationship with the truth.

What do you think is next on Grafton's list after she gets to "z" ?

Monday, November 30, 2009

Idea for a Young Artist

We have sketchbooks and matching color oil pastels from EeBoo Company. Sketchbooks include sixty 8.5" by 11.5" spiral bound pages. Purchase a matching box of color oil pastels to make the perfect gift for your young artist.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Shop Local, Shop Local, Shop Local

Happy Thanksgiving! This Friday instead of heading out of town to do your Christmas shopping, won't you stay right here at home? If you can find what you're looking for in your local community, why go anywhere else?

Take pride in your community by shopping locally.

We will be open on Friday from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm and on Saturday from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.

Help your local businesses experience Black Friday!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Dean Koontz's Breathless - will be released tomorrow

New York Times bestselling author Koontz delivers a thrilling novel of suspense and adventure, in this story of a world where good itself is an endangered species and one man will risk his life--and more--to save it from extinction.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Looking for a Unique Gift? South Carolina State Notecards

Several different styles - blue paper stock with gold or silver foil embossing of the state Palmetto Tree as well as ivory paper stock with gold foil embossing of the state seal. Gift box of ten cards 5 1/2" x 4 1/4".

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Interested in College Football in South Carolina?

On Friday, November 20, 2009, Burry Bookstore is hosting an author meet and greet from 4:00 until 5:30. Co-Authors Fritz P. Hamer and John Daye will be sharing their latest book,
"A History of College Football in South Carolina: Glory on the Gridiron."

The Medicos, the Purple Hurricane, the Seceders- all are South Carolina football mascots that long ago drifted into history. From as early as 1889, college football began to take hold of South Carolina. The fans of the state's first intercollegiate game could hardly have foreseen how it would steadily grow from a competition between amateurs into tightly organized teams with well-paid coaches and demanding alumni, all with a passionate desire to win. This volume goes beyond Clemson and Carolina to trace the history of college teams from all over the state, including Wofford, Furman, SC State, Presbyterian College, Erskine, Claflin, The Citadel, MUSC, the College of Charleston, Newberry College, Benedict College and Allen University. Join museum curator Fritz Hamer and longtime South Carolina high school football coach John Daye as they celebrate the state's most notable coaches, players and rivalries, as well as the many unsung heroes who have helped to make the sport a statewide obsession.

Fritz Hamer is the Chief Curator of History at the South Carolina State Museum and is the author of Forward Together and Charleston Reborn. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of South Carolina and recently curated an exhibit on the history of South Carolina Football at the State Museum.

John Daye is a retired high school football coach who has coached championship high school teams in Columbia, Irmo, Hartsville, Orangeburg, and Cayce. He is a devoted follower of South Carolina football history and offers a wealth of knowledge of the sport's past.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Downtown Christmas Open House - Tomorrow Night!

Drop by for our annual Christmas Open House
on Thursday, November 19, 2009
between 6 pm and 9 pm.

We will have delicious refreshments and a drawing for prizes every 15 minutes. You will be able to preview our Christmas merchandise, and choose from a Large Selection of Christmas Boxed Cards (50% OFF), Christmas Gift Wrap (50% OFF) and all Thanksgiving and Christmas Counter Cards are 50% OFF!

The first 20 customers to make a purchase that evening will receive a free 2010 Page-A-Day Eat Sleep Read calendar.

Meet and Greet Author Batt Humphreys and South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth. Both will speak, read and sign copies of their books during our Christmas Open House.

Batt Humphreys, a Georgia native, began his career in television news in Charleston, South Carolina. He spent 15 years at CBS News in New York, most as a senior producer, before leaving to return to his beloved South. He managed the coverage of many of the events that have shaped our lives over the past quarter century, including the first hours of the morning of September 11, 2001, several wars, elections, and as a reporter covering hurricanes, executions, and more murders than he cares to remember. He now lives on a farm outside of Charleston with his wife, and horses, dogs, and cats of varying populations.

Dead Weight, his first novel, is based on a true story. In one of America's most beautiful cities, an ugly crime has been committed. Based on events that took place in Charleston, South Carolina, a hundred years ago, Dead Weight tells the story of the murder of a Jewish merchant, the black man accused of the murder and the white populace primed for a hanging. Into these real events steps a fictional character - a reporter from New York is assigned to cover the hanging. The outsider's view of Charleston just after the turn of the century, still clinging to a cultural past and caught in the racial realities of the time, adds to a plot that is anything but a simple tale of racial wrongdoing.

Marjory Wentworth was born in Lynn, Massachusetts. Educated at Mt. Holyoke College and Oxford University, she received her M. A. in English Literature and Creative Writing from New York University. Her poems have appeared in numerous books and magazines, and she has twice been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. Marjory teaches poetry in an arts and healing program for cancer patients and their families at Roper Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina. She writes a poetry column for The Charleston Post and Courier and works as a publicist. In 2003 she was appointed Poet Laureate of South Carolina.

Shackles is a must read for children of all ages. Based on a true story, it describes what happens when a group of little boys search for buried treasure in their backyard on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, and dig up a bit of history - a set of shackles used centuries ago on slaves who were held on the island.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Clive Cussler - The Wrecker

In The Chase Clive Cussler introduced an electrifying new hero, the tall, lean, no-nonsense detective Isaac Bell, who, driven by his sense of justice, travels early-twentieth-century America pursuing thieves and killers . . . and sometimes criminals much worse.

It is 1907, a year of financial panic and labor unrest. Train wrecks, fires, and explosions sabotage the Southern Pacific Railroad's Cascades express line and, desperate, the railroad hires the fabled Van Dorn Detective Agency. Van Dorn sends in his best man, and Bell quickly discovers that a mysterious saboteur haunts the hobo jungles of the West, a man known as the Wrecker, who recruits accomplices from the down-and-out to attack the railroad, and then kills them afterward. The Wrecker traverses the vast spaces of the American West as if he had wings, striking wherever he pleases, causing untold damage and loss of human life. Who is he? What does he want? Is he a striker? An anarchist? A revolutionary determined to displace the "privileged few"? A criminal mastermind engineering some as yet unexplained scheme?

Whoever he is, whatever his motives, the Wrecker knows how to create maximum havoc, and Bell senses that he is far from done - that, in fact, the Wrecker is building up to a grand act unlike anything he has committed before. If Bell doesn't stop him in time, more than a railroad could be at risk - it could be the future of the entire country.

Filled with intricate plotting and dazzling set pieces, The Wrecker is one of the most entertaining thrillers in years.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Alex Cross Is Back

James Patterson has done it again. I, Alex Cross - another Alex Cross mystery novel is released today. Alex Cross's niece is found brutally murdered. Overcome with grief, Alex vows to take down her killer before he strikes again. But shortly after he begins the investigation, Alex discovers that his niece had gotten mixed up with some very important, very dangerous people.

With unstoppable action, unforeseeable twists, and edge-of-your-seat suspense that only a James Patterson thriller delivers, I, Alex Cross is the master of suspense at his sharpest and best.

Friday, November 13, 2009

You've Got Mail

We have in a lot of new Melissa and Doug products including the pretend play "Stamp and Sort Mailbox". This hand-painted, wooden mailbox set includes 6 pieces of mail and 6 removable hook and loop stamps, to mix and match again and again. The mailbox features a locking door, key, and three mail sorting slots!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Clemson or Carolina? Carolina or Clemson?

Are you a Gamecock, Tiger, or a House Divided? These football "vaults" are great gift ideas for the fan who has everything. Along with a narration of each team's football history, these “scrapbooks” contain never-before-published photographs, artwork and memorabilia drawn from the schools' athletic departments and campus archives. Tucked into dozens of sleeves and pockets, fans will find reproductions of old game programs, historic tickets, numerous postcards and vintage photos.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fractions Made Easy for Kids

The Make a Pie math spinner game from EeBoo Company is a simple game that takes the confusion out of fractions, because each pie piece adds to the whole pie. Handling the fractions and seeing how they are portions of the total makes the concept more understandable. Pies of different flavors are divided into halves, thirds, fourths, eighths and sixteenths.

To make a pie you’ll have to spin
and gather slices on your tin. Slices of a certain size will help you to complete your pies.
Spin well and take a piece of pie
from your opponent’s own supply! Finish with most pies complete? You win! Ah, victory can be sweet!

Other games from EeBoo include What Time Is It?, Animal Bingo, Fairy Tale Bingo, Wildlife Matching Game, and I Never Forget a Face Matching Game.

Great ideas for your Christmas list!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

New Stephen King Novel - Under the Dome

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when -- or if -- it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens -- town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing -- even murder -- to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn't just short. It's running out.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Artist/Illustrator Jim Harrison Tomorrow

On Tuesday, November 10, 2009, from 4:00 until 6:00 pm
Artist, Author and Illustrator Jim Harrison will be sharing his new Palmetto Barn print,
as well as other prints, note cards, 2010 calendars,
and his book Pathways to a Southern Coast.

Jim Harrison was born in Leslie, Georgia and moved to Denmark, South Carolina at the age of six. His multiple talents were evident from an early age as he was the "class artist" while excelling in both football and basketball. During high school Jim spent two summers traveling the rural areas around Denmark painting Coca-Cola bulletins on the sides of barns and country stores under the direction of sign painter J. J. Cornforth.

At the University of South Carolina Jim double majored in art and physical education. He spent eleven years coaching high school sports. In 1970 he declined an offer to join the Furman University football coaching staff and returned to Denmark to pursue art as a career.

In 1975 Frame House released their first Jim Harrison print, "Rural Americana" and that print projected him on the national scene through the publisher's network of 600 dealers. He became the undisputed nation's leader in rural Americana art, and many of his prints have appreciated up to 3,000 percent of their original value.

Jim has more than 100 sold out limited editions of the prints made from his paintings. His work is featured in personal and corporate art collections across the country. He is also the author and illustrator of five books. Visit his website at

Friday, November 6, 2009

New Mike Lupica Sports Novel

What would you do with a million dollars if you were 13?

Nate Brodie is nicknamed "Brady" not only for his arm, but also because he's a huge Tom Brady fan. He's even saved up to buy an autographed football. And when he does, he wins the chance for something he's never dreamed of - to throw a pass through a target at a Patriots game for one million dollars.

Nate should be excited. But things have been tough lately. His dad lost his job and his family is losing their home. It's no secret that a million dollars would go a long way. So all Nate feels is pressure, and just when he needs it most, his golden arm begins to fail him. Even worse, his best friend Abby is going blind, slowly losing her ability to do the one thing she loves most - paint. Yet Abby never complains, and she is Nate's inspiration. He knows she'll be there when he makes the throw of a lifetime.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Maps for Children

Lots of new products in our childrens section including both United States and World maps that are laminated and have lots of great information and suggestions on how to have fun while having a geography lesson! Stickers included to mark where grandma and grandpa live, where friends live, where you'd like to visit, and places you have traveled. Check it out!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Simple Act of Generosity

What if you, personally, could make the world a better tomorrow?

Author Debbie Macomber knows the secret to doing exactly that! In a world that seems too often stingy and grudging, she has witnessed how one simple act of generosity can yield unforeseen miracles.

This blend of true stories and motivating messages will surprise you as you discover how giving the gifts of time, encouragement, hope, laughter, prayer, hospitality, service, and even forgiveness can have a lasting, life-changing impact, not only on the recipient but on the giver as well.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hand Puppets by Ditz Designs - Red Fox !!!

See our display of hand puppets by Ditz Designs including a great looking Red Fox, a reindeer, lamb, and more. Each puppet comes with an informational hang tag with facts about each animal.

Monday, November 2, 2009

John Grisham's Ford County

In his first collection of short stories John Grisham takes us back to Ford County, Mississippi, the setting of his first novel, A Time to Kill.

Hear him on YouTube promoting his new book due to be released tomorrow

Friday, October 30, 2009

Christmas Open House

Drop by for our annual Christmas Open House
on Thursday, November 19, 2009
between 6 pm and 9 pm.

We will have delicious refreshments and a drawing for prizes every 15 minutes. You will be able to preview our Christmas merchandise, and choose from a large selection of Christmas Boxed Cards (50% OFF), Christmas Gift Wrap (50% OFF) and all Thanksgiving and Christmas individual cards are 50% OFF !

Our special guests that evening will be
author Batt Humphreys and
South Carolina Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth
Please visit our website for more details


The first 20 customers to make a purchase that evening will receive a free 2010 Page-A-Day Eat Sleep Read calendar.

Homemade Bread Recipes

From the authors of the groundbreaking, hugely popular Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day comes a new cookbook filled with quick and easy recipes for healthy bread.

Their first book was called "stupendous," "genius," and "the holy grail of bread making." Now, in their much-anticipated second book, Jeff Hertzberg, M.D., and Zoe Francois have taken their super-fast method and adapted it for the health-conscious baker, focusing on whole grains and other healthier ingredients.

The method is still quick and simple, producing professional-quality results with each warm, fragrant, hearty loaf. In just five minutes a day of active preparation time, you can create delectable, healthy treats such as 100% Whole Wheat Bread, Whole Grain Garlic Knots with Olive Oil and Parsley, Black-and-White Braided Pumpernickel and Rye Loaf, Black Pepper Focaccia, Pumpkin Pie Brioche, Chocolate Tangerine Bars, and a variety of gluten-free breads. About a dozen of the recipes are 100% whole grain.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Ghost Storytelling Tomorrow with Author Tally Johnson

On Friday, October 30, 2009,
from 4:00 until 5:30 pm
Book Signing and Ghost Storytelling

Author Tally Johnson will be signing copies of his book, Ghosts of the Pee Dee and sharing some of his favorite ghost tales about the surrounding community.

From the swamps of Kershaw County to an abandoned graveyard underneath South of the Border, the South Carolina Pee Dee is home to a rich heritage and a sometimes frightening past. In this volume, storyteller and author Tally Johnson investigates the truth behind the ghostly legends of counties that have seen revolution and war, tragedy and triumph. With an attention to history and a passion for the truth behind the legends, this fascinating glimpse into the Pee Dee's past reveals that it is far stranger than anyone ever imagined. See our previous blog on Tally Johnson for more info.