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Wasting valauble donations

This is a copy of a letter I just sent to a local church.


It was a very enjoyable fete and thank you for asking Anonymous Morris to perform.
Only one very small fly in the ointment and you may think it an odd one for me to complain about, given that I did well out of it.
Yesterday, I paid £2 for  a book,  'The Redstart' by John Buxton, from the Collins New Naturalist Series.
It's worth £50 - I just look looked it up online.
I got a bargain, but what I find frustrating is that before I bought it, I alerted the people on the stand to the presence of several valuable bird books (and also a couple of valuable war time magazines).
They said they liked people to be able to get a bargain.
Well, they guy who bought the two New Naturalist books that I didn't (and who had already picked out the early edition Giles' annuals) certainly got a bargain.
I'd rather the church got the money for valuable items.   I hate seeing valuable donations wasted.  It's almost an insult to the donor.  (That's a reaction from many years of working in charity shops - if you get a good price for valuable donations and the donor knows it, they're more likely to give you their good stuff.)
If Anonymous Morris come again next year and you have someone willing to make the effort to sell books online (or even just price them higher, or take them to a specialist book seller), then I'm happy to give the stock a quick glance over early in the day and tell you which books are likely to be worth more than £5.
I've had a lot of experience selling secondhand books and I can pick out potentially valuable books very rapidly. 
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Jul. 10th, 2017 01:39 pm (UTC)
Sad indeed. You would be surprised how different are these thing here. Twice sad. Especially with books. I did brought some books to the senior houses but obviously other people had the same idea and they couldn´t take more, especially because all the donated books were classics with the same titles.
There used to be a library here, very small but sufficient, and I became a volunteer librarian. But it was cancelled and moved to a naighbouring village (which hosts a village council). Of course it has never been re-opened and most of the books were wasted. Also putting a box outside my house would be useless. Before our only shop was closed, the owner installed simple wooden shelves there, full of good books and magazines, free to take. Almost all the books remained there until she had to close the shop (now a common fate of small village shops) an she took them away, where, I don´t know.
Books became ignored goods...children won´t read...with catastrophic results which will become prominent later...
JUmble sales - the same: various items change their owners but not books. And our Church rarely organises fetes ( I mean Catholic Church ).
Jul. 29th, 2017 12:07 pm (UTC)
Ah, classics are impossible to give away or sell.

Everyone has them already or doesn't want to read them.

People want stories relevant to their own generation and older books are often written in language that is hard to follow.

Don't know if you've ever read Shakespeare. I gather it's much easier in translation, whereas we have to read him in Elizabethan English...
Jul. 29th, 2017 01:40 pm (UTC)
I do love Shakespeare but you are right, reading old English means reading pages and pages of notes and comments...ufffff. However Shakespear became essetial for my change in attitude towards my originally hated school subject: I saw Zeffirelli´s film Romeo and Juliet,( which is I believe from 70s) and I literally fell in love with the language and I began to study hard, learning the vocabulary properly and grammar better...without it, I wouldn´t have been here, never!

Have you heard of Martin Hilsky?
He translated the complete Shakespeare...and he is such a charismatic man...I know him personally, I met him when I was in the library, he shook hands with me...ohhhh.


Judith Proctor


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