Thrift Treasures (The Oliver North Score)

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I quickly stopped in a Texas Thrift, and was shocked a little by the prices. Some books were as pricey as $3. I stayed for 30 minutes and found some good scores.

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I found a pretty good score. The Pimsleur Approach Spanish 1 language set was selling for $2.98. Brand new, this went for $250 back in 2010. On ebay now, this goes from $35 to $60 depending on the seller and condition. Many of the languages, especially advanced levels go for $99 to $150, so I’ll keep my eyes peeled in the future. I actually might listen to these on the way to work the next month and then sell online in August.

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This was my book haul. All in all, I overpaid. One I bought as a joke. I’m an Anne McCaffrey fan, so I paid $2 for this first edition since I didn’t own it already. I bought a first edition of “The Historian” because it might be collectable down the road. Who knows. I bought The New New Thing by Michael Lewis because I read most of his books. He had me hooked after Liar’s Poker although most people know him from The Blind Side, Moneyball, and The Big Short.

The score of the day? Oliver North, autographed. You can buy this for as low as $11.98 on ebay, but who knows in 20 years. IMG_9511.JPG

The big hint was the sticker on the front cover.

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An autograph is an autograph. I couldn’t go wrong for $2.

 

 

 

Thrift Treasures (The Annie Hall Score)

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I want to start with full disclosure. This is a combination of trips to Goodwill and actually happened in between the Tom Clancy and Bo Jackson score this week. I was going to write this blog but got excited with the Bo Jackson find that I wanted to share that first.

So on my trip to San Angelo, I visited a few of their stores. The prices were generally good, around a quarter to 50 cents for each book. This is much better than the 99 cents to 1.99 that San Antonio stores have tried to charge (prices fluctuate). I’m not sure if it helps with profit margins as anything of value is usually picked relatively fast. In any case, I picked up a bunch of books (maybe around 30, some will be blogged about in the future). I found a first edition of Confederacy of Dunces, however it was like a 10th printing and ex-library book (might be worth $30 on ebay). For 50 cents, I thought it was worth it to find a hardcover version. Maybe I’ll spot a first edition, first printing in the future, who knows. I picked up a Stephen King novel I didn’t now already for 50 cents. Despite the disappointment, I figured a buck for Harper Lee’s second book was worth a shot.

Along in the batch, I picked up a pretty decent score of older science fiction paperbacks that I want to share, but I need to do some research first. I still buy everything on a hunch and try not to spend time on documenting what I have, outside things I suspect are of value (autographs and rare first editions). So I don’t focus too much on that old DAW paperback first edition bought for a quarter and can be flipped for $15 on ebay. Just not my style. I am open to trades, but for now, I just buy what I like and recognize as value from a decade of researching.

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Right inside the jacket was this sticker and her autograph. I guess a couple years ago she attended this event, here in San Antonio and signed a ton of books (according to the news, the event raised $400K). This is what you would call 100% authentic. There was news coverage. There is the date stamped. Her name is on a sticker where she spoke as protestors screamed outside. Then the signature matches. Pretty cool find I think. Annie Hall was a good movie. The Godfather is a masterpiece. On ebay right now, this goes on average between $35-60.