Okay, so I placed another Craigslist ad and got 7 responses. Lovely.
Unfortunately many of them were from folks living 50 or more miles away. Some invited me to their estate sales that weekend where I would be competing with hundreds of other folks for the same items I wanted. Hmmm…seemed a bit chancy. And with gas and bridge tolls I saw my profit margin for buying a few books and photos dwindle. To say nothing of the time involved. (Three+ hours minimum.)
But I did get Sam. Just 5 miles away. We met at a nearby shopping mall parking lot. He brought a few books, ephemera, sheet music, artwork and slides. In the end I bought five books and a little bag of ephemera. Letters mostly. A few photos (like the little cutie on the left). A small 1954 Paris café menu from restaurant that seems to be out of business. (Still hoping to work out a deal on the Europe slides.)
Not a huge buy and yet it was, in a word…fun. Sam was a gregarious guy with an engaging smile. A radiologist starting a new job on Monday. He collects stuff. People know he will take their castoffs. He sees the potential and value in things. We chatted and I felt like we were kindred spirits.
Okay, maybe that’s too fanciful.
In the end I’m hoping to be able to make a little money from the things I bought from him. I think I will. And I like the idea of finding them new homes.
So, I guess it’s what they like to say in marketing, “It was a win-win situation.”