Monday, October 19, 2015

What to do?

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In a library somewhere
The garage is half done in the purging.  The sewing room is surprisingly neat and ready to be used. 

Bit by bit, we discover treasures from decades in the past.   My husband found his lost collection comic books—not in mint condition.  My box of teaching instructions and directions from 1970s were there, written on a typewriter and then copied on a Xerox.  We found boxes and boxes of books.

Some were published in the Twentieth Century and many in the Ninetieth Nineteenth Century, books own by my Grandmother Peck.  She was a highly educated woman and her books reflected that.

The oldest book was published in 1862, first edition.  Very worn.

But that fact raises a big question:  What do I do with them?  I have kept them for over forty years, since her death.  The books are in fragile condition, the covers degrading and pulling away. All are well-used, with that musty smell old books have.




What do I do with this inheritance? 

Part of Grandma's gifts to me


Any suggestions?

21 comments:

  1. Is there a historic building anywhere near you that would like some volumes to fill bookshelves....call your historical society....they might know where to off load some of the older books.

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    1. That is an excellent idea. I will contact the local lady (nice lady).

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  2. I did a little online research into your question. Here's one link:
    http://www.home-storage-solutions-101.com/donate-used-books.html

    I really like the idea of donating to people and/or countries that are starved for books, particularly since yours seem to mostly be "the classics."

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  3. I'd donate or try and sell. Interesting what you find you forgot about though.

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    1. It was not so much as having forgotten about them, but I forgot where they were, and said "Oh well."

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  4. Not sure they'd be worth anything, so donating them might be the best plan.

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  5. You could make some lamps or a hundred other things to build from old books. I would check with the historical society. Or if you wanted to mess with it, ebay.

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  6. Our local library and historical society accepts such donations. They cull for anything of value they can sell to enhance their coffers, and donate the rest. No muss, no fuss.

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    1. Another good idea--the library. I had not thought of that.

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  7. Are there any you want to keep? For the memories, or for the book itself?
    Otherwise, as others have suggested, the local historical society.

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    1. My descendants are not interested, so the local historical society is the best idea.

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  8. What to do with things that loved ones treasured is such a difficult decision. Purging is good for the soul, house, and relationship, but oh how hard it is when the items include memories of people. If your local historical society will take them, you could always visit them. You probably won't but knowing you could makes it easier.

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    1. I've donated all sorts of interesting historical items to the local society. Will check with them.

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  9. The question is, are they worth anything to collectors? Once you've answered that, then you can figure out if they'd be worth trying to sell. If not, you could post them online for those who might be interested in having such historic volumes.

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    1. I did have them evaluated and it was determined that the books were pretty common. But posting online is a good idea. Thanks!

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  10. Ninetieth century?? 90th?
    Donate these treasures to a library that has a museum case, or to your State Library where they can be housed under glass as in a museum.

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    1. Can't believe I made such an error!
      I am grateful for all the suggestions given.

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  11. If you can possibly spare the room, that treasure should be kept safe for the generations to come.

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  12. The room isn't a problem...my progeny have no interest in taking them.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!