Both accomplished antique book collectors, Grybos and Sutton identify es-tate sales as one of their most successful spots for hunting down rare books. ““Estate sales are a fantastic place to find some amazing books if the home-owners were old enough,” says Grybos. “I often stop in on the last day of an estate sale as books are rather bulky and often the owners are happy to sell off the book inventory at more reasonable prices.”
In her tireless search for antique books, Sutton has become an avid user of EstateSales.org. “Estate sales are a wonderful place to source highly collect-ible books and estatesales.org is an excellent resource that I utilize daily,” she says.
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Anyone who has been to an estate sale, garage sale or thrift store has seen the pile of old, tattered books tucked away in a corner, mostly ignored. Books are one of those items that tend to accumulate in our lives because it feels like sacrilege to throw one away.
There are thousands of estate sales held on a weekly basis. Almost every home will have books. Identifying valuable, old books from the common books can be tricky. We’ve gathered some information and tips to help you properly identify and sell estate sale books at the highest value possible.
You’re pawing through a stack of old books at an estate sale and suddenly you spot a first edition of The Great Gatsby in its coveted dust jacket (worth upwards of $100,000) or a vintage Batman comic book (worth ten times the Gatsby). Think it couldn’t happen?
Protect your antique books and documents for years to come with these tips.