Book sale recovery…..

This past Saturday, I went on my biannual trip to the Gainesville book sale.  And once again, I was not let down. I LOVE THAT SALE!!!

This makes my tenth journey to this fabulous sale and yet I’m always amazed at the great selection I’m able to find and bring back home.  When I was all said and done (after 3+ hours), I had found over 400 books.

These trips definitely make me feel my age (hence the late posting this week).  Driving 3 hours to get there, lifting and carrying heavy loads of books to the holding book section, walking/searching/bending/squatting/ for 3+ hours, loading books into the car, and then driving 3 hours home can make for a long day.  But is ABSOLUTELY worth it.  I now have my inventory for the year.  And that feels very good.  I can now focus on listing.  Not that I won’t go out for a “hunt” once in a while…but I’ll be doing it because I want to…not because I have to.

If you haven’t been to a book sale…check out for sales in your area.  Click on your state on the map at the bottom.  And for helpful tips on how to survive a book sale (especially a big one), check out my earlier post here.

Happy hunting this week!

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4 Responses to Book sale recovery…..

  1. Jessica says:

    Wow! I cannot believe how much work you put into one booksale! Amazing!

    Ok, I have a question, sorry it’s a few days delayed. I’m really enjoying flipping books, but I feel overwhelmed, like I just know enough to know I don’t know hardly anything! lol Any tips for me to gain more knowledge little by little?

    Like, there are a few big booksales coming up near by from the link you provided. Also, my kids school is having a used book sale where everything is priced really cheap, so I thought it would be a good place for me to learn, no one is picking out valuable ones first or anything.

    But what strategies to use when it’s a room full of books I know nothing about? I have some feel for what I’m looking for, and tips from you, thanks! But I just wonder the best way to get better? Just dive in and go for it? Buy stuff and come home and research? Or study completeds on eBay? Just wondering what you think. Even if I don’t make tons, I enjoy looking at books, so I figure it’s worth a shot. I’m just not sure exactly how to get better at this point. Thanks!

  2. Hi! I used to study completed ebay books (taking a genre at a time) for hours…..just to get a feel of what was selling. I then stuck to a few genres that I would head to when the book sale opened.

    Researching is a great way to avoid getting duds…not that that won’t happen…but it at least minimizes it.

    And you can’t go wrong with really, really specific topics. I had an example in another post that went like: Book on Pianos: Okay Book on Baby Grand Pianos: Better Book on Tuning Baby Grand Pianos: Best. Look for the “best” kind of books….and usually…you get a good one.

    Read through my bookselling tips…it may help with your research as well.

    And trust me…a lot is trial/error. It’s inevitable. But with some good info on your side…it can definitely cut down on the potential “doorstops”. 🙂

    Good luck with your sales!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much, I am learning a lot from your blog and having fun with the info too. Tomorrow is the book sale at my kids school and this weekend is one from the web site you shared, so I’m busily clearing my house out to make room for my experimenting, lol.

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