I made a great score this afternoon.
I worked all afternoon on setup at the big library sale in the city. This is huge. There were eight semis worth of donated books which we unloaded and distributed to the categorized tables. This sale each year is the sole reason that I maintain my membership in their volunteer/support organization for a library that is an hour from where I live. Marvelous. Picture a Walmart full of books. Purr.
The sale technically opens tomorrow and runs all week, with today just being setup, but at the end of the afternoon, the workers were rewarded by being turned loose for a few minutes. Of course, while carrying boxes of books all afternoon from the loading dock to the tables, I had my head turned scanning stacks. Every person there was marking targets for future reference as they worked. I scored sheet music to an old solo that Mom loved (and coincidentally which I have had running through my head for the last day and a half), an interesting-looking book on K2, and, drumroll, a hardback first edition of Sam Savitt’s True Horse Stories in excellent condition. Because Sam was in children’s books, not regular books ($1), that one was 50 cents. It isn’t for resale, but I looked it up tonight out of curiosity. It starts over $25 on used book sites.
Purr. I do love this sale. Masks will be required (and were required today for volunteers, even with the heavy physical work), cashiers in plexiglass, etc., but I’m glad they are going on with it. The book storage issue for eight semis worth would stack up majorly if they skipped a run, and since we pretty much fill the EPlex at the fairgrounds anyway, if a sale were skipped, we wouldn’t have room to put out all books or even close to all books next time, so it would take years to catch up.
You never know what will be there, depends on what was donated since last sale, but I always skim for old horse stories with varied results. A few years ago, I found a copy of the Horsemasters, also for 50 cents. They did have a first edition of Smoky the Cow Horse a few years ago, but that, alas, was not 50 cents, and I didn’t buy it. They do try to keep an eye out for any major value products among the donations and pull those out for their special-priced section.
Love finding old horse stories again or meeting new-to-me old horse stories.