“It’s a jungle out there……either kill or be eaten”……Used Book Sales

I love going to used book sales……libraries and private schools hold them annually or bi-annually to clear away the old stuff and make a little profit.

But it is getting too dangerous…….Yes, dangerous……

It’s like Boston’s Filene’s Basement……if you are of the age to remember.   The one day where all the high end bridal gowns, worth thousands, went on sale for a couple of hundred dollars in this world renowned shop.  Soon to be brides stampeded the door like buffalo…….Size was immaterial…….gowns could be altered.    It was grab and grab fast….even out of the hands of another.

Well, book sales are like this.   Savvy book dealers, armed with scanners to see the “worth” of a volume graze the shelves at lightning speed.   Most don’t even scan, they just throw everything into bins……and heaven help you if you are in their way.

Yesterday, in 90+ degree heat, I ventured into the forbidden zone of the book sale room.   As I gazed across the tundra…….I was like a frightened gazelle…….wary of the stampede.   Was it worth it?   I can honestly say, for the first time, I said no.   Sad, isn’t it.   Those of us who only wish to bring a few books home and get a bag full for the price of one new hard cover……..are left in the dust as the predators squish us into tables and corners of the room.

It’s like a jungle safari…….best to bring along a guide on the trek…….for me, it’s my daughter, still brave enough to wander in the prey zone…….For me, I am getting too up in years…….I am the weakened gazelle, the one the hungry lions watch for……….

I did manage a few audio books……even the aged gazelles have to graze and feast upon the waiting grass……………  🙂

 

Blessings from this Author……..whose wish it is to someday have a stampede fighting over her books too……..what a goal to achieve  🙂

Shirl

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About sknobloch

I am an Author, Artist, and Reiki Master and Intuitive Counselor, offering energy and guidance sessions on people and beloved pet companions. I divide my time between a Northern NJ suburb of Manhattan and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. I enjoy pursuing paranormal explorations in this uniquely haunted town. Read more about me at www.briarrosereiki.com and http://shirlknoblochwillowfineartprintsandphotography.zenfolio.com/ All writings and photos © Shirl Knobloch.......no unauthorized copying or use permitted without written permission from the author and photographer, Shirl Knobloch.
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