Some of you know of our jack pot find last year of 3 boxes of current graduate level textbooks valued at 1200.00! You gotta read what this weary garage saler found! I no longer feel the need to boast. I think I will let this article answer that question!
It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad garage sale day till the last sale – which was not advertised and we almost didn’t go to – my friend was hot and my friend was tired.
“Let’s just do this one, it’s only a few blocks away. I said. Then we can call it a day”.
It’s almost noon. Old house in the “arty part” of Houston. Sale was in the back, in a garage apartment occupied by a self proclaimed ‘natural healer & herbiest”. We walk up and there are 2 big tables piled with books. Big, thick fat books. Books without dust jackets and shiny picture covers. Books published by Gulf, Mosby, Wiley & Academic Press. I scan the first 3 and suddenly have $600 worth of inventory in my hand. We each fill up 2 boxes.
“Folks just give me books” says the guy, “ I need to clear them out, in fact just threw some away, go look”. I lift the lid of the trash can and pull out the first book - $250. Gives new meaning to the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.
“Got more inside – you want to go look? “. Is the Pope Catholic?
2 hours later my friend calls her husband to come and pick her up – there isn’t enough room in my car for all the books.
I have 12 boxes of academic, technical and medical books, all of which I scanned. Most rank in 2,000,000 and up but for those prices they can sit and wait for a buyer
I paid: $100!
My friend has the same. And paid the same.
The “Profits” screen of my Axim read $10,000+ when we’d finished.
On my way home I stopped at a sandwich shop next to Half Price Books to grab a bite to eat.
For some odd reason I had no desire at all to go inside and check out the Clearance Shelf.
I wonder why?
P.S. We went back twice during the week and bought still more books.
Labels: Book Selling, Garage Sales
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