The New Friends Bookstore
Not only do 5 to 7 ardent, expert book aficionadas work tirelessly in the library E-bay corner of the basement on several computers, using book shelves made especially for their tasks by Friends Master of all Trades: Dick Burgess, but twenty or thirty Friends daily or weekly sort through the hundreds of books donated each week to find those thought to be worth searching the internet for high value. Trained by Lisa Misosky to find telltale signs of worth, these book sale faithfuls have contributed to the overall financial success of the quarterly book sales in a phenomenal way. All books that might bring over $14.95 are checked on various book value sites on line by the E-Bay regulars. Books under that amount are offered in the Quarterly Book Sale Collectibles section.
According to E-Bay volunteer Claudia Erwin, the Friends have 1000 books listed per month with a listing cost of $59.95/1000. E-Bay charges 9.15% of sales, and PayPal 2.9% plus 30 cents. Postage to send the books to buyers usually costs from $3 to $4 and the books and other collectibles including dolls and art work are carefully boxed in waterproofed wrappings by the E-Bay volunteers (Materials mailed can often be exposed to water via airline storage bins etc.) Claudia says they sold 620 books in the last 12 month period.
Some of the many faithfuls are pictured below: