How to Quickly Find
and Sell Old Valuable Books and Cookbooks
Old books can make for a
fun home-based business while giving you a profitable side
business that will make you money and cultural experiences
too. You may already have a nice collection of old, rare,
vintage or antique books or cookbooks. Cookbooks are the third
most popular category among new books and a good one to
start with. People often raid their parents' and
grandparents' collections to find good used
To find and buy old books,
first check your local library for its "Friends of the
Library" book sales. They have annual sales of
donated books and many antique dealers line up for
course it helps to know your prices, so to begin with you
might stick to a particular category, for example
can usually get books for 25 cents to a dollar and on the
last day they have a bag sale.
Sometimes you can get books free at the end of
But the best time to go is the night before the sale when
they let the members of the "Friends" buy cheap, in
advance of the sale. Membership usually runs
about $10 a year and you can easily make your money back
with your first sale. It's a good cause
You want to look for books that you've done your
research on, of course, but also look for any book from
the pre 1900s in fair condition. They will usually get
you at least ten times what you paid for it.
Also look at flea markets,
garage sales, estate sales and auctions. I found a
signed copy of a rare, signed Julia Child cookbook with dust
jacket intact in fine condition at an estate sale. It was
also signed by her husband Paul Child, the
The book was appraised at $500.
The house was in an area of little houses with
Don't judge a book by its cover or a house by its
appearance I guess is the lesson here! You never know
what you'll find. I also found some other
great cookbooks and books there.
To research the value I would avoid the usual
rare book price guides. Many of these are
The actual price is today's price.
To find out what the books should sell for, go
to your favorite search engine and type in the
should be able to find sites that are selling the same
title and give you a broad range to choose from. Finding
'sold' book prices are much better.
One you've established a price, the fastest way
to sell these books is to sell them online at your own
website or get a free one from any of the sites who are
offering this service.
I'd definitely add photos
of the books.
They should be of high quality. Take close up shots of the
title page and a sample recipe page. Take shots from
different angles. Pick about six of your
If you're in hurry, price them lower than the
other books. If you aren't in a hurry price them at the
high end of the range. Then when the others
are sold your price will be a bargain. Antique books will
generally rise in price as they become rare.
Of course there are many other ways to sell your
eBay is another of course. And there are lots of
ways to sell them offline too. Be open to different
Finding and selling old, rare, vintage or
antique books or cookbooks is great fun, with very little
upfront costs. With these tips and this information, it
should help you know how to start buying and selling used
books and cookbooks, have a nice side home-based
business, a cultural experience, and lots of fun
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