10 September 2009
The two biggest used book sales of the year are going on in Des Moines this week. The Right to Life sale started on Wednesday and the Planned Parenthood sale a day after. I went to the RTL one on the opening day. You have to pay to go on the first day, but I figured it was worth the $5 to get a crack at it before it was too picked over. I would say 80% of the people there had hand-held scanners and were professional buyers and going like mad, scanning books and throwing the keepers in their two-wheeled tubs. Serious business. I took my time and found a lot of good stuff. I cut my box full of books in half before I went to the check-out and still came home with some fun stuff, mostly contemporary classics as well as a few kids picture books to add to the sizable collection I've accumulated without any reader for them in the forseeable future.
- middleson at 16:21