University bookstore continues 12 days of Christmas

Story by Bridgette McAuliffe, Staff writer

Photo courtesy of Rose Rechtien

On the first day of Christmas, Santa may bring you a partridge in a pear tree or a new Murray State scarf. The University Bookstore has launched its 12 Days of Christmas sale.

The sale began Monday, Nov. 26, and features a new deal every day that the store is open until Dec. 8.

Karol Hardison, director of the university store, said this is a promotion they’ve been doing for many years.

“One day we were counting the distance between Thanksgiving and when we left for Christmas and it just always happened to be around 12 days,” Hardison said.

With a sale spanning such a length of time, students, faculty and staff will have more opportunities to make it over to the store rather than just having a one-day sale. Hardison said the store decides on sale items based on input from student workers and staff.

“It really depends on what merchandise is selling and what students are into,” Hardison said. “A lot of our student workers keep us real up-to-date on what students like.”

Ian Puckett, freshman from Mayfield, Kentucky, has been a student worker at the bookstore since July 2018. This is Puckett’s first 12 Days of Christmas sale, and he said it has been an interesting experience thus far.

“There’s lots of new stuff coming in, lots of new information and lots of new people,” Puckett said.

As a student worker and member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Puckett has been able to meet and talk with other students about what they like seeing in the bookstore.

“I think students like a lot more of the funny stuff,” Puckett said. “I’ve had some friends buy some crazy socks and a lot of people come in and buy the Murray State Dad hats.”

Puckett said his job is a great way to make connections with different people across campus.

“The interactions are the thing I like most about working here,” Puckett said. “I get to meet a lot of people from different departments and you can make a lot of connections that way. The people I work with are funny, just good people and really make working here fun.”

Nov. 29, Murray State birdhouses are on sale for $19.99 while supplies last. Friday, Nov. 30, any Mom, Dad, Grandma, Grandpa and alumni swag is 20 percent off. Saturday, Nov. 1, all infant, toddler and youth apparel is 20 percent off.

Monday, Dec. 3, all Christmas ornaments are 20 percent off. Tuesday, Dec. 4, blankets and fleeces, greek included, are 20 percent off. Wednesday, Dec. 5, shoppers will be offered a free Champion long sleeve tee with a 40 dollar or more regular price purchase of Champion gear.

Thursday, Dec. 6, all Under Armour merchandise will be 20 percent off. Friday, Dec. 7, all Nike merchandise will be 20 percent off. Saturday, Dec. 8, all Champion Classics, t-shirts, long sleeve tees, crew sweatshirts and hoodies, will be 20 percent off.

The bookstore will also be offering free gift-wrapping during finals week.

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