|I found his business card in one of the books|
Obviously, the Rovin’ Collector was a dealer, and I heard snatches of conversation about how he traveled extensively buying and selling. His collection spanned almost every conceivable category, from Coca-Cola memorabilia to railroad artifacts to boxes and boxes of vintage campaign buttons. He had Avon bottles; Civil War uniforms and bullets; signed and framed autographed photos; Scouting stuff; cigar boxes; old tools; and baseball cards.
It was awe-inspiring, and an Ebayer’s paradise.
None of the items were yard-sale cheap, though, except for the books. I’m not talking about his collectible books, which were numerous. I’m talking about his books about collectibles, which were priced anywhere from $2 to $5 each, and no one in this Ebayer’s land of milk and honey was paying any attention to the money that was staring them in the face. Almost no one, that is.
After casting wistful glances at much of the inventory, I settled in front of his five-shelf bookcase. Many of the books did not have ISBN numbers, which made my PDA scanner useless, and my scouting painfully slow as I went book by book, shelf by shelf, many times having to look up books on my smartphone. Duc finally then joined me, guarding my nice pile of “gems,” and watching me intently, obviously trying to learn more about our “family business.”
I left with approximately 20 books, and Ella had found a collector’s western magazine, which is destined for our booth at the film festival next year. She wanted a signed John Wayne photo, but the $75 price tag gave me pause. Now, an original autograph from The Duke can bring close to $200, but I had no idea if it was an original, or a reprint. Reprints only bring $10 to $20.
While in line, I learned that Sunday would be half-price day, so we decided to come back the next day.
On Sunday, the sale was even more crowded, so I headed back to the books. I picked up about six more books that I had missed. Ella grabbed a couple of vintage Avon aftershave bottles with a western theme. Unfortunately, the John Wayne photo was gone.
When all was said and done, I had picked up 26 books, which I have listed for more than $1300. Granted, they are niche books, but with Amazon, they just sit until they sell at no cost to me, unlike Ebay’s monthly per item fee.
|A few books can certainly add up|