Zjabs went to the Public Market last Sunday. First flea market of the season!
Zjabs spent $10 on 11 Interview Magazines from a dealer he regularly purchases from. Other than that, nothing there.
However, there was one dealer who MAY have had some good stuff. HOWEVER...it was a misty morning...and the gentleman had his magazines and books exposed to the elements.
Water and paper do not mix well (actually they do...and therein lies the problem).
Zjabs buys paper items all the time (if you have any for sale- old brochures, postcards, comic books, sports cards, magazines, books, etc- contact me). And he's amazed at how few people know how to sell them...
I understand it's a pain to put them all in plastic before selling- fine.
However...do not put them out in the rain. You can put the glassware and garden tools in the area that's most likely to get wet- you need to protect the paper.
Try to put the paper in boxes, for if you leave it laying on the table...and the wind kicks up....
And do NOT put the books up on a shelf ABOVE glassware (or with glassware all around it), especially in a shop in the winter- people wear jackets which are a little bulkier- and can catch a piece of glassware accidentally. One good thing about paper- it handles gravity (and the immediate cessation of gravity) much better than glassware. Often I've seen people put heavy books on shelves with fragile glass under it- and I don't even try to get the books out as it's an accident waiting to happen.
If you're not used to selling paper- don't try. Find a dealer like myself who specializes in it, and wholesale the books. Better to do that then to have all of your glassware destroyed because you didn't know how to display your paper items.
-Zjabs (Rochester's Official Columnist)
© 2012 Zjabs - 4/27/12