Monday, August 9, 2010

Gardening without work and making money without trying

Inspired by Apron Thrift Girl 's Thrift Share Monday and Southern Hospitality 's Thrifty Treasures Party, I wanted to share my bargain of the week.
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Okay, I know this book doesn't look like much, but I was first introduced to this gardening classic by Margaret Roach in her blog, A Way to Garden, back in December. (How many blog links can I squeeze into one post?)
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Anyhoo, the Round Lake Library had its week-long annual book sale last week. Now, this library book sale offers a preview night where, for a $20 admission, book dealers can go through the books before the general public and scoop up anything valuable.
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So what were the chances, three days later, that I'd find anything interesting? I'd really only popped in to see if they had any books suitable for Operation Paperback, a cause I support, in which volunteers like me send good used paperbacks to military folks serving in war zones. And, indeed, I did find some good books for that purpose.
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But just as I was making a last stroll around the sale, I quickly checked out the craft and gardening sections, and voila! There it was, Ruth Stout's classic book, for one dollar. This is a hard cover, 1971 edition.
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So what's it worth? Let's see, shall we?
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Amazon has this listing: 11 used from $58.20. And the prices go rapidly up from there, to a top price of $1,002.97 for a "used good ex-library" copy. Hmmm.
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Alibris has two copies for sale, starting at $42.95. And so on.
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I may not be able to retire on the sale of this book, but it was exciting for me to find it, especially after the experts had already combed through this sale. And inspired by the aforementioned Apron Thrift Girl, I just might try my hand at reselling this book, after I read it myself, of course.

If you have any interest in reselling books or other thrifted items, I highly recommend several excellent recent posts by Apron Thrift Girl, such as this one about reselling books.

Happy treasure hunting!