Last weekend was a departure – I mentioned the Gympie gunshow… well along we went expecting lots of redneck behaviour and we were disappointed. The gunny stall holders were mostly very pleasant and boosted our sales considerably. We did 20% of our business while we were setting up the day before!
The departure for us was that we did some serious buying from punters who approached us. The best of these was the book about the Great Earthquake and Fire in San Franscisco 1906. The guy wanted a ‘book person’ to buy it. He wasn’t a ‘book person’ and he needed the money. Anyway he talked up the value of the book and of course I couldn’t buy it – out of my league! I agreed that it could sit on the table with a price on it and if we sold it he offered to split the proceeds. Sounded a good deal. Then off he went to sell the rest of his bits, German WW2 helmet etc… There was a bit of interest in the book but I didn’t give it another thought until he returned and re-opened the discussion. After some serious haggling and pleading on his behalf… he’d bought guns and couldn’t pay for them… I bought it for more than I wanted to pay. Then after he’d gone – I thought I should check it out on the internet site ABEbooks. Oh dear the internet on the phone can be frustrating. Doesn’t scroll nicely, anyway there were three books on the site – after much frustration, losing the site etc i opened two of them, they both were valued at way under what I had paid! I was furious, I can explete (sic) with the best and did. I was mad at the thought that I had been so comprehensively cheated. Anyway after more frustration with the phone I opened the third book… I had been looking at paperback versions in poor condition and this was a hard cover and valued at 5 times what I had paid!! Was I pleased that the seller had long since disappeared! And delighted that I have a valuable book in my collection… just got to find a buyer now! that, the Pierre D’Avesn bowl and the Moreau spelter figure are the nucleus of our developing high end collection.
This is fun and we did make some money so it was worth it in the end. Far from a living though and I am good and ready to stop working in an institution. My job is starting to be hard. Restructuring again in my workplace is no fun and I am sick of working with people who want to bully me into doing things their way. I want to make my own choices and do them my way as much as possible.