Hubby’s Two Cents on Yard Sales and Books

Note from Joan: As I mentioned earlier, I’m trying to get some guest-bloggers to offer their perspectives on York County. Today’s post comes from my absolute favorite person in the county… Hubby! He went yard-sale shopping with me yesterday, and here are his thoughts.

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If you want your books to sell – and I’m guessing you do, considering you put them out for your yard sale – price them at 25 cents apiece, regardless of whether they’re paperback or hardcover.

Or if you absolutely must make them 50 cents apiece, encourage sales with a “three for $1″ incentive, or something like that.
I saw way, way too many overpriced books while out at the yard sales Saturday.

Worn paperbacks for 50 cents, used hardcovers with no dust jackets for $1, and even some books priced as high as $5 or $10 apiece.
At prices like that, I suspect all those Tom Clancys, Stephen Kings, romance novels, diet books and cookbooks got hauled right back inside. And then what have you accomplished? Wouldn’t you rather get a few quarters and be rid of that “stuff” you already decided to part with?

Finally, a tip for buyers. If you need a copy of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” hit a community yard sale. I saw no fewer than five copies for sale Saturday – it was at about 50 percent of the places we shopped.

Is it perhaps the “Most Yard-Saled Book Of The Past 25 Years?” Nobody ever holds onto it after they’re done, right? What would be ranked ahead of it?

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One Response to Hubby’s Two Cents on Yard Sales and Books

  1. Melanie says:

    I don’t know what would be ahead of that one, but I’d bet “What To Expect The First Year” would be right behind it. ;)
    I have to tell you about my best book find at a yard sale: a copy of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “The Long Winter.” It caught my eye because for one thing, I’ve always absolutely adored Laura’s books, and for another, it was an older version of the book than what I had grown up with. The illustrations were completely different; it looked like it was from back when it was first published in the early forties. It wasn’t in great condition, but it did still have its original dust jacket, which was surprising for a children’s book from that long ago.
    I paid a quarter for it (your kind of pricing, right? LOL). Got back in the car, opened it up, and found that it was a first edition. To this day, I still can’t believe my luck.

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