Friday, October 12, 2012

Big Book Find October 2012

Today I saw an ad for an estate sale that advertised "hundreds of books."  Estate sales almost never have series books, and when they do, the books are of minimal interest and hugely overpriced.  I had this nagging feeling that a big stash of books was waiting for me today, and that I had to go out to find it.  I get this feeling sometimes, and I have to act on it or else I will worry for the rest of the day about what I might have missed.

Gasoline costs too much these days to go out on very many random searches for books, and I did not want to go to yet another estate sale that advertised books and would have absolutely nothing of interest.  I have had very little luck lately.  But I could not shake that nagging feeling that today was a day for a big book find.  Most of the time when I have that feeling, nothing ever comes of it.  Since occasionally I am right, I just cannot ignore it.

I decided to go to the sale even though I would end up burning at least $10 in gasoline.  The estate sale did indeed have hundreds of books, but the books were all modern softcover general fiction books from the last 20 years.  As usual, that sale had books that were of no interest to me.

While I found nothing at that particular estate sale, going to it resulted in me checking a couple other locations which did result in a big book find.  My nagging feeling about a big book find was correct!  Here are photos of some of the books that I purchased.

I purchased a bunch of Hardy Boys books with dust jackets.  One or two of the higher-numbered ones could be first printings, but I have not yet checked to see.  The rest are nowhere near first printings.  Almost all of the books are tweeds.

I purchased a few Hardy Boys picture covers with the original text.  I could have purchased others with the revised text, but I find those to be about impossible to sell so I chose only the original text books.  I purchased three Trixie Belden books.

While great, the above books are not the ones that excited me.  The books seen in the next photos are the ones that thrilled me.

The Three Investigators hardcover editions are always very easy to sell, so I love finding them.  I even found some of the moderately higher-numbered ones, which pleased me greatly.  I will probably initially list the Three Investigators books on Bonanza, but I will most likely use the them to further build my sales on eBay.  I find it much harder to sell boys' series books on Bonanza since my website does not focus on boys' series series.  I have more success on eBay with boys' books.

Remember that the books are out there, and we just have to find them!


Amy Sisson said...

Nice find! I have fond memories of "The Secret of Terror Castle" and the "Talking Skull" book!

Maggie Ruth said...

Wow! Have collected ND and HB first editions with dust covers for years and in one afternoon your collection surpassed mine! I am sooo jealous although I, too, had a dream come true this past week.

My book, The Big Birthday Mystery (An Exciting Chancy Clew Adventure!) which has been available Nooks and Kindles for the past couple of months is now being offered in paperback at

This is the blurb:The Big Birthday Mystery (An Exciting Chancy Clew Adventure!) will take you back in time…before computers, texting and even TV! Go to a place where all phones have cords and only the wealthy could afford them. Go to High Stream where women wear dresses and leave the pants on the men. While there, meet girl detective, Chancy Clew on the morning of her 19th birthday. Hear our darling, daring detective declare that all she wants is a mystery to solve. How fortuitous, her wait is short! Go with the lovely sleuth and her best gal-pals Dick Fey and Bitsy Starvin as they travel near and far and encounter one dangerous dilemma after another. Will they be able to stop the dastardly devils who are swindling helpless, hapless widows and spinsters out of their monies and valuables? Let's hope so! If you enjoyed reading the adventures of America's favorite teen female sleuth when you were a young reader this pithy parody is the book for you. It mixes naughty innuendo, an injection of double entendre and a big dose of political incorrectness to create a skewed look at a familiar world.

I think you (and your readers) might enjoy it.The writing style mimics that which was used in the original books which were so much fun to reread when I was doing my research.