30 Good Ideas: Collectible books & libraries

Andrew Mellen 30 Ideas to Simplify Your Life in 30 Days 750x540It takes two people for something to have value: a buyer and a seller.

Yesterday we discussed books whose primary value was sentimental.

Today we’ll look at books that may also have some monetary value.

If you have antique, rare or otherwise valuable books and are interested in finding out what they are worth and how to liquidate them, check out these sites:

 

http://www.skinnerinc.com/news/blog/selling-antique-books-part-i-how-to-tell-a-rare-book-from-an-old-book/


http://www.emptymirrorbooks.com/collecting/first-edition-values.html


http://www.rbms.info/yob.shtml


I’m a big supporter of local libraries—both financially and by borrowing books.

A few years ago a friend introduced me to mysteries and it didn’t take long for me to get hooked.

I spend most of my day in non-fiction-land—reading marketing info, other thought leaders and journalists so a little mystery at the end of long day is a welcome relief and better than a sleeping pill 🙂

If you don’t have a library nearby or like the idea of swapping books a bit farther afield, this site functions like a mail-order library>

And of course it’s an excellent way to live the 3rd leg of The Organizational Triangle®—Something In, Something Out:

 

http://www.paperbackswap.com

 

Today’s challenge: set a timer for 60 seconds and settle into your breath. Then set the timer for 7 minutes and review your books, looking for any books you believe have exceptional value. Follow the links above to start the process of determining what they are actually worth and formulating a plan for how and when you might liquidate them.

Alternate challenge:  If you do not have any possibly valuable books, set the timer for 10 minutes and gather up other things you’ve been thinking about letting go that you think have value and start to do some research on them. Stamp collections, old coins, toys, etc.—remember Beany Babies? You may be holding onto a goldmine … or just a stuffed animal. Don’t fool yourself into thinking you’re going to time the market perfectly. As the song goes, what a difference a day makes. A lot can happen in 24 hours, let alone 24 weeks, months or years.

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