I sold my large secondhand bookstore several years ago, but still have sheds full of boxes of excess books. I thought I might eventually open another store, but I have now retired on Vancouver Island and age is taking its toll. My former store operated as a book rescue depot to keep good books from the dump during the condo boom of the nineties and books came in faster than they could be sold. The books which went into storage were excess saleable stock of all kinds, paperbacks, hardcover, fiction and non-fiction. I am giving away one of the sheds' contents because it's a salvage operation. My goal is to save on the rent as I now live on a small pension. I estimate that there are about 30,000 books in the 200 sq.ft. shed. The old shed in North Vancouver is a bit decrepit and has become damp and that's why its contents are free. The shed smells musty and the boxes on the top and outside of the pile have absorbed the damp. The pages do not stick together, but there is mildew under the dust jackets of many of the hardcovers in this layer. The paperbacks seem okay. I expect that the boxes buried inside the pile will be okay. The minimum deal is a shed full. Move them to your own space or continue renting while you sort and send the damaged books to recycling. Perhaps you would like to donate the books you don't want to a non-profit or send boxes to auction. My bookselling experience is free if it will help your love of real books which are becoming increasingly scarce. I am very open to ideas and offers. Serious inquiries only as I have to travel to Vancouver by ferry to show the shed.
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