Welcome back to tumblr for me!
My description is pretty general so I’ll go into further detail about that which we (myself, my mom, my cousin, Luke, and anyone who wants to come along) like to do!
1) We buy the books. On Saturdays, we like to go yard sales or estate sales, and on weekdays we go to thrift stores close to where we live. At thrift sales we usually scan the books’ barcodes but anywhere else we just buy (hopefully at a good price). Of course we never hesitate to buy a book that strikes our interest, even if it isn’t worth anything.
2) We schlep them back—often times there are multiple boxes.
3) We sort them and separate them into three categories: those to keep, those to sell, and those to give away.
4) Those to keep go into boxes, later into the basement, and hopefully onto the shelves (though space is limited), those to sell are listed primarily on Amazon (though sometimes we do lots through eBay), and those to give away are often returned to thrift stores as tax write-offs (we hope to have yard sales of our own in the future).
—We all love doing it and we reap the benefits (not just financially—I believe my book collection of ~1000 books to have a few good ones in there somewhere).
—We don’t just sell books; we often buy VHS/DVD sets, jewelry, toys, and many other things that are often more valuable than books.
—If YOU ever want a book, this is our storefront address on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/shops/jewells-books. If you do find something that you like on there, DON’T BUY IT. Go through me personally (either via tumblr, facebook, or text message)—we’ll each save money and I’ll give you a discount. If you don’t, ask me (we have a LOT stored here at home, and we can always keep an eye out if it’s something that we don’t look for myself), and I might be able to help you out. Aside from just about every book that you’ll ever read for a literature class in middle school, high school, or college (feel more than free to send me your brother’s, your sister’s, or your grandma’s school reading list!), here are A FEW of the other types of books that we tend to carry…
…sheet music and instructional music books (for many different instruments), foreign language books (both those IN many different foreign languages and instructional ones), books about history (lots of different areas and periods of time), the “classics” (again, from many different cultures and periods of time; these make up a majority of the stash), children’s series, and religious books (explanatory ones, those that critique; many different faiths).