If you're a yard saler, something that will NEVER be in short supply are kids' books. My girls LOVE books, so I buy them, or "collect" them, they read them, and once I have a nice group of the same kind of book (like these Junie B. Jones books pictured above), I sell them on ebay.
How much should you pay for books? Paperbacks, I pay a maximum of 25 cents. If someone has it priced for 50 cents, I politely let them know that at most yard sales paperback children's books are priced at 25 cents. Church yard sales are a great place to buy good kids' books, and almost always they are priced right. If you run across books you want to buy, you might consider putting a group of them together and offering a low price as well. Hardcover books for children I will pay 50-75 cents if I HAVE to. But I don't like to.
What books do I buy to resell? I am certainly not the expert in this field, and I am sure there are a million websites out there to teach you about selling books. And if you play the yard sale/thrift store game long enough you'll see the older gentlemen with their book scanners or iphone scanners looking up closing auction prices of the books they find. I stick to things my family loves, so that not only can we use them and love them, we can pass them on through ebay when we are done. I like to sell:
- Berenstain Bears
- Junie B. Jones
- Magic Tree House
- Magic School Bus
- Dear America type books
- Dr. Seuss Hardcover Books
- Groups of Character books like Dora, Clifford, etc. (though keep in mind these do not sell as well)
- Complete sets of vintage books
- There are others that I will sell if I can find all or most or many in a series (Captain Underpants, Whimpy Kid, etc) but since we don't read these I don't go out of my way to "collect" them.
What do I expect to make by selling these books? I only sell these kinds of books if I have a lot of at least 10, and quite frankly I like to have more like 20. Berenstain Bears books I wait until I have about 30. The more you have, the better you do. If you only have 10-20, you can expect to make about $1 per book in a group. If you have more than 20, you can usually do a bit better. To be honest, I don't like to sell a group of books unless I can make about $20. So, I usually need at LEAST 20 books in my "collection" before I sell them. Does that make sense?
Have any of you had success selling books? If so, what kind do you sell?