Amy’s Book Hunt

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Amy's Book Hunt with Amy Brent

Experience the thrill of the chase with Amy Brent as she finds literary treasure in the most unlikely places. Amy knows there’s more than a wealth of knowledge in books. Visiting estate sales, flea markets and thrift shops, she discovers another kind of wealth. According to Amy, the odds of finding a valuable rare book in your own house are considerably better than those of winning the lottery!

AIRED: January 05, 2018 | 0:26:53
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MARK: SO THIS ONE IS WORTH 20 BUCKS,

AND THIS ONE'S WORTH A HUNDRED.

AMY: IT'S THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

MARK: I STILL DON'T GET IT.

AMY: EVEN YOU CAN BE TAUGHT.

I MEAN, IT'S EASY.

YOU GO TO GARAGE SALES, ESTATE SALES, TO THRIFT SHOPS.

IT ORIGINALLY OLD FOR $5.95, BUT IN REALITY, IT'S WORTH $75.

IT'S PROBABLY WORTH 50 BUCKS.

MARK: $0.25.

AMY: IS THAT WHAT THEY'RE ASKING FOR IT, $0.25?

MARK: A QUARTER. $0.25.

AMY: YOU DON'T CARE HOW MUCH WE GIVE YOU FOR THIS BOOK, RIGHT?

FEMALE: HOW MUCH IS IT WORTH?

AMY: ABOUT $565.

FEMALE: SERIOUSLY?

MARK: IS THAT A FIRST?

AMY: YES!

MARK: $2,500.

BETTY: OH.

MARK: ONCE UPON A TIME,

THERE WAS A BOOK SELLER NAMED STUART BRENT,

WHO WAS SO FAMOUS HE HAD HIS OWN TV SHOW.

TV: CHANNEL 7 IS PLEASED TO BRING YOU

ANOTHER EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURE IN READING ON BOOKS AND BRENT.

STUART: YOU KNOW YOURSELF,

WHEN YOU HAVE A FEELING OF BEAUTY

HOW DESPERATE YOU ARE TO SHARE IT WITH SOMEONE ELSE.

MARK: MY BOSS, AMY, WAS HIS DAUGHTER,

AND SHE GREW UP IN HER DAD'S BOOKSTORE.

HE STARTED A CHILDREN'S BOOK CLUB,

AND WHEN AMY GOT OLDER, SHE STARTED RUNNING IT,

BUT THEN, ONE DAY, NOT TOO LONG AGO--

AMY: I FOUND OUT THAT A FIRST EDITION OF HARRY POTTER,

WHICH I SOLD WHEN IT FIRST CAME OUT, IN 1998 FOR $16.95,

IS NOW WORTH $20,000.

HARRY POTTER IS A REALLY EXTREME EXAMPLE

OF A BOOK THAT INCREASED IN VALUE WILDLY,

BUT THERE ARE TONS, LOADS, HUNDREDS OF BOOKS,

MAYBE THOUSANDS OF BOOKS THAT HAVE INCREASED IN VALUE SOME.

SO THEY MIGHT BE WORTH $50, THEY MIGHT BE WORTH $30,

THEY MIGHT BE WORTH--

BUT THEY'RE WORTH MORE THAN YOU PAID FOR IT.

THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE.

THEY DON'T REALIZE THAT THIS BOOK THAT THEY READ AND ENJOYED

NOW HAS VALUE AS A RARE BOOK.

MARK: OF COURSE.

AMY: THEY'RE EVERYWHERE.

THEY'RE OUT THERE.

I KNOW THEY ARE.

WE CAN TEACH PEOPLE TO DO THIS, MARK.

MARK: ABSOLUTELY.

AMY: WE CAN TEACH PEOPLE HOW TO DO THIS.

MARK: SHE STARTED SEARCHING HER FRIENDS' HOMES.

AMY: HI. FEMALE: HOW ARE YOU?

AMY: GOOD. FEMALE: COME ON IN.

YOU'RE GOING TO LOOK AT MY BOOKS, I GUESS?

AMY: ESPECIALLY YOUR COOKBOOKS.

MARK: BUT WATCH THIS.

SHE WILL SCAN THESE SHELVES FOR YOU AND FIND SOMETHING

BECAUSE SHE ALWAYS FINDS SOMETHING.

SO...

AMY: OKAY, THE GAUNTLET IS THROWN.

MARK: JULIA CHILD RIGHT THERE.

AMY: WHERE? OH.

YEAH. LOOK.

SOMEBODY'S RECIPE'S IN IT.

FEMALE: OH, MY GOD. I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR THIS.

CHICKEN BOWL PASTA. LOOK AT THAT.

ISN'T THAT AMAZING?

LOOK WHAT YOU FIND.

AMY: IT'S JUST SO USEFUL.

FEMALE: I NEED YOU HERE MORE OFTEN.

AMY: OKAY.

I'LL BE HERE.

SORRY.

FEMALE: I HAVE THE RAGGEDY ANN COOKBOOK.

AMY: WHERE IS IT?

FEMALE: IT'S RIGHT UP THERE NEXT TO THAT--

GO A LITTLE FARTHER DOWN.

MARK: OH, THERE YOU GO.

FEMALE: CAN YOU SEE IT?

I BOUGHT THAT BECAUSE I AM A STUFFED ANIMAL LOVER.

MARK: YEAH.

FEMALE: AND THAT-- EVERYBODY HAD ONE.

AND THE ILLUSTRATIONS IN THERE ARE SO BEAUTIFUL.

IT WAS SO UNUSUAL.

AMY: IT'S A FIRST EDITION.

FEMALE: THANK YOU.

I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW.

MARK: LOOK AT THAT ART WORK.

FEMALE: IS THAT FABULOUS?

MARK: BEAUTIFUL.

AMY: THIS IS A TOTAL COLLECTOR'S ITEM.

FEMALE: ISN'T THAT THE COOLEST?

NOW, AGAIN, WAS I LOOKING TO MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF THIS?

NO, BUT WHO DOESN'T LOVE RAGGEDY ANN AND ANDY?

MARK: SURE.

IT ALL STARTS WITH SOMETHING YOU REALLY ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT

AND THERE YOU GO.

FEMALE: I KNOW.

[LAUGHING]

AMY: LOOK AT THE CONDITION THAT THIS THING IS IN.

MARK: YEAH, IT'S AMAZING.

AMY: WOW, I NEVER NOTICED YOU HAD THIS TRAP DOOR.

YOU'VE BEEN HOLDING OUT ON ME.

FEMALE: I'LL TURN ON THE LIGHT FOR YOU

AND YOU CAN GO ON UP.

AMY: CAREFUL.

OH, THIS IS SO EXCITING.

I LOVE ATTICS.

THERE'S BOUND TO BE TREASURE UP HERE, DON'T YOU THINK?

FEMALE: I CAN'T EVEN FIND...

AMY: I'M NOT SURE ABOUT THIS ONE. MAYBE.

FEMALE: WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR, THOUGH?

A FIRST EDITION OR--

AMY: YEAH.

FEMALE: OH.

AMY: AND THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO

IS TO LOOK FOR THINGS THAT YOU LOVE.

LOOK FOR THINGS THAT YOU'RE INTERESTED IN.

RIGHT?

BECAUSE THEN YOU'RE HAPPY ON A MILLION LEVELS

AND MAYBE YOU'LL GET LUCKY AND FIND SOMETHING VALUABLE,

BUT IN THE MEANTIME YOU MADE YOURSELF HAPPY.

IS THIS THE BLACK ARROW?

YOU HAVE A GREAT BOOK.

IT'S NOT A FIRST EDITION, BUT IT'S A GREAT, GREAT, BOOK,

AND IT'S AN EARLY EDITION OF A BOOK CALLED THE BLACK ARROW

WITH THE N. C. WYETH ILLUSTRATIONS.

LET'S SEE.

YES.

MARK: THERE IT IS.

AMY: LOOK.

FEMALE: WOW.

EVEN IN THE DARK,

I CAN SEE THAT THAT'S AN AMAZING ILLUSTRATION.

AMY: YEAH.

BECAUSE IT'S A STORY BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON,

BUT IT'S A REALLY GREAT BOOK.

VERY, VERY DIFFICULT TO GET.

THIS IS A BEAUTY.

FEMALE: NICE.

BETTY: COME RIGHT IN.

AMY: AND THIS IS MARK, MY ASSISTANT TREASURE HUNTER.

BETTY: NICE TO MEET YOU, MARK.

MARK: HOW ARE YOU?

BETTY: FINE, THANKS.

MARK: GOOD.

BETTY: COME RIGHT IN.

MARK: THANKS FOR HAVING US.

AMY: WE HEAR YOU HAVE A LOT OF BOOKS.

BETTY: YES. WE HAVE TOO MANY BOOKS.

[LAUGHING]

AMY: NOBODY CAN HAVE TOO MANY BOOKS.

BETTY: YES, IF YOU HAVE NO PLACE TO STORE

AND YOU HAVE TOO MANY.

WHEN I PUT THEM ON THOSE SHELVES,

I TRIED TO FIND MOST OF THE ONES THAT YOU COULD ORGANIZE.

I JUST SORT OF GAVE UP

AND STARTED TO JUST PUT THEM IN WHERE THEY WOULD FIT.

THERE ARE MANY UNDER THAT TABLE IF YOU NEED A LIGHT.

AMY: MAYBE.

NO.

I REMEMBER THIS BOOK.

NOBODY'S GOT THIS BOOK.

THIS IS A REAL BOOK.

BETTY: YEAH, IT'S A REAL BOOK.

AMY: SAUL BELLOW.

MARK: NICE.

AMY: CAN YOU LOOK THAT UP?

MARK: I WILL.

AMY: ALL RIGHT. I'M GOING TO KEEP--

MARK: IS THAT A FIRST?

AMY: YEAH, IT IS.

AND IT'S IN PERFECT, PERFECT CONDITION.

BETTY, YOU'VE GOT SOME BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL BOOKS HERE.

YEAH.

BETTY: THANK YOU.

AMY: REAL TREASURES.

MARK: $275.

BETTY: OH. I'M LUCKY.

AMY: $275.

MARK: A LITTLE MORE IF IT'S SIGNED.

AMY: AND YOU PAID $23.95 WHEN YOU BOUGHT THIS NEW.

YOU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THAT ONE.

MARK: THIS ONE RIGHT HERE IS ANYWHERE FROM $150 TO $500,

DEPENDING ON WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING.

SO THIS--

AMY: OKAY.

IT'S IN REALLY GOOD SHAPE.

MARK: IT'S IN BETTER SHAPE THAN MOST OF THEM ON HERE,

SO I'M GOING TO SAY IT'S ON THE HIGH END OF THAT.

AMY: YEAH.

JUST FOR THIS ONE.

MARK: JUST FOR THAT ONE ALONE.

BETTY: I'M LUCKY.

MARK: SO THOSE TWO RIGHT THERE.

AMY: OH, OH, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE,

LET THIS BE WHAT I THINK IT IS.

MARK: IS THAT A FIRST?

AMY: IF THIS IS A FIRST EDITION, THEN THIS IS LIKE TOP--

THEN YOU KIND OF MODERATELY HIT THE JACKPOT HERE, BETTY.

BETTY: OH, FABULOUS.

MARK: IN PERFECT SHAPE.

AMY: IT'S IN PERFECT SHAPE.

BETTY: FANTASTIC.

AMY: THIS BOOK IS WORTH A FORTUNE.

BETTY: OH, GREAT.

AMY: THIS BOOK IS WORTH A FORTUNE.

MARK: SO NOT SIGNED, BUT--

AMY: NOT SIGNED, BUT STILL, KEITH RICHARDS, LIFE.

MARK: NONETHELESS, $850.

SO THERE YOU GO.

THAT'S 10 MINUTES IN, $850.

JUST FOR THAT ONE.

WE'RE NOT EVEN TALKING ABOUT THOSE.

AMY: $850 ALL BY ITSELF.

YOU REALLY HAVE TO, LIKE, PUT THIS IN A PLASTIC CASE.

BETTY: I WILL. RIGHT.

AMY: BETTY.

BETTY: YES?

AMY: I THINK YOU NEED LIKE, YOU KNOW--

BETTY: I NEED YOU HERE MORE OFTEN?

AMY:-- ARMED GUARDS AROUND YOUR HOUSE.

YOU'VE GOT A LOT OF VERY VALUABLE BOOKS IN HERE.

BETTY: WOW. THAT'S AMAZING.

I NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT.

AMY: I'M NOT SURE ABOUT THIS.

YOU'D HAVE TO CHECK THIS ONE.

OH, NO, WAIT.

EVEN WITH THAT, CAN-- LOOK, LOOK UP THAT ONE.

MARK: YEAH.

AMY: THAT'S ACTUALLY ONE OF HIS BETTER BOOKS TOO,

SO THAT'S REALLY GOOD BOOK TO HAVE.

BETTY: TOO BAD THEY'RE NOT ORGANIZED, RIGHT.

MARK: IT JUST MAKES THE SEARCH EVEN MORE FUN.

AMY: YEAH.

MARK: OH, THERE IT IS. LET'S SEE.

THERE YOU GO.

YOU WANT TO DO THE HONORS?

AMY: $1,250.

BETTY: I HAD NO IDEA.

OF COURSE, YOU'D KNOW THAT, RIGHT?

MARK: YEAH. FANTASTIC.

[LAUGHING]

BETTY: OKAY.

I HAVE OTHER BOOKS IN THE BASEMENT.

I WAS JUST GOING THROUGH THEM

BECAUSE I'M EXPECTING TO HAVE A BIG GARAGE SALE.

AMY: YOU CAN'T HAVE A GARAGE SALE, BETTY.

BETTY: OH, NO, DON'T DO THAT.

AMY: NO, NO, NO, NO, NO.

YOU CAN'T SELL A BOOK THAT'S WORTH $850 AT A GARAGE SALE.

BETTY: RIGHT. OKAY.

AMY: LIKE, IT JUST ISN'T DONE.

BETTY: RIGHT.

AMY: YOU JUST CAN'T.

BETTY: SO MOST OF THOSE ARE CHILDREN'S BOOKS

IN THE BASEMENT, BUT--

AMY: CHILDREN'S BOOKS HAVE VALUE.

AMY: ASIDE FROM THE FACT

THAT THEY'RE REALLY GREAT FOR CHILDREN.

I MEAN, THEY HAVE VALUE AS AN OBJECT.

MARK: THIS IS THE GURU RIGHT HERE.

WE'VE GOT TO GO.

TO THE BASEMENT?

AMY: YEAH. WE'VE GOT TO GO.

MARK: TO THE DUNGEON.

AMY: TO THE DUNGEON.

BETTY: TO THE DUNGEON.

WATCH YOUR STEP HERE

AND WATCH YOUR HEAD IF YOU'RE A TALL PERSON.

AMY: THAT WOULD BE YOU.

MARK: YOU'RE TALKING TO ME.

BETTY: WE'RE DOWN TO THE DUNGEON.

AMY: OH, LOOK AT THOSE GOLDEN BOOKS.

BETTY: I THINK THAT'S MOSTLY MINNIE,MICKEY MOUSE,YOU KNOW.

AMY: MICKEY MOUSE IS UNBELIEVABLY VALUABLE.

MICKEY MOUSE HAS HUGE, HUGE, HUGE, VALUE.

DISPROPORTIONATE TO EVERYTHING.

EVEN THESE GOLDEN BOOKS.

BETTY: YEAH.

AMY:THEY REALLY DO HAVE VALUE.

THERE'S LIKE THIS BIG RETRO THING.

BETTY: YEAH.

AMY: THIS WOMAN THAT DID MOST OF THE PICTURES,

LIKE GUSTAF TENGGREN,

AND THEN THERE WAS ANOTHER WOMAN NAMED MARY BLAIR.

BETTY: OH, I DON'T REMEMBER THAT NAME.

AMY: YOU WOULD RECOGNIZE THE ILLUSTRATIONS, THOUGH

AS SOON AS YOU SAW THEM.

BECAUSE I PROMISE YOU, YOU READ THOSE TO YOUR KIDS.

BETTY: YEAH. I READ ALL OF THOSE TO THEM.

AMY: I'M SURE YOU DID.

OH, OH, OH.

MARK: WHAT'S THAT?

AMY: WAIT. WAIT.

MARK: FINGERS CROSSED.

THIS COULD BE A BIG ONE.

BETTY: FINGERS CROSSED.

AMY: FINGERS REALLY CROSSED.

LIKE, REALLY, YOU REALLY, REALLY WANT THIS ONE

TO BE A FIRST EDITION.

THIS IS A COPY OF THE POLAR EXPRESS

BY CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG, MADE INTO A MOVIE,

BUT ALSO BELOVED BY MILLIONS AND MILLIONS OF FAMILIES.

BETTY: FANTASTIC ILLUSTRATIONS.

AMY: FANTASTIC ILLUSTRATIONS.

MARK: IS IT A FIRST?

AMY: YES! YES! YES!

AMY: YES, YOU, YOU BETTY.

BETTY: YES.

AMY: YOU FIGURED IT OUT RIGHT FROM THE GET-GO

AND YOU BOUGHT A FIRST EDITION OF THE POLAR EXPRESS, WHICH--

BETTY: FANTASTIC.

MARK: $2,500, BETTY.

BETTY: OH, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT.

AMY: THE PERFECT EXAMPLE IS THE LADY WE JUST LEFT, BETTY.

SHE HAD NO IDEA, DID SHE?

MARK: NO.

AMY: BUYING A BOOK BECAUSE THEY WERE INTERESTED IN IT,

READING IT, ENJOYING IT, AND PUTTING IT ON A SHELF,

AND HAVING NO CLUE

THAT WHILE IT'S BEEN SITTING QUIETLY ON THE SHELF,

IT'S ALSO INCREASING IN VALUE.

SHE BOUGHT THAT KEITH RICHARDS BOOK

BECAUSE SHE LIKES THE ROLLING STONES.

MARK: RIGHT. AND POLAR EXPRESS FOR HER KIDS.

AMY: THE POLAR EXPRESS WAS A TERRIFIC MOVIE.

IT WAS A GREAT MOVIE.

EVERYBODY LIKED THAT MOVIE.

MY KIDS LIKED THAT MOVIE,

BUT MY KIDS LOVED THE BOOK FOR SURE.

THEY LOVED THAT BOOK.

THEY READ IT UNTIL THE SPINE BROKE, ACTUALLY.

HOW MANY PEOPLE DO YOU KNOW GO TO THE MOVIES

AND SAY YEAH, IT WAS A REALLY GOOD MOVIE.

I REALLY LIKED IT, BUT IT WASN'T AS GOOD AS THE BOOK.

HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU HEARD THAT?

MARK: A LOT OF PEOPLE.

A LOT OF TIMES.

AMY: ALL THE TIME, RIGHT?

I HAVE A THEORY ON THAT.

LIKE, WHEN YOU READ A BOOK, THERE'S NOTHING ON THE PAGE.

THERE'S JUST SOME BLACK SYMBOLS.

MARK: RIGHT.

AMY: RIGHT?

NOTHING IS ACTUALLY HAPPENING ON THE PRINTED PAGE.

MARK: RIGHT.

AMY: EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING IN YOUR HEAD.

MARK: YEAH.

AMY: SO THAT MEANS THAT YOU ARE NOW IN A DANCE

AND NOT JUST A DANCE, THE MOST--

IF IT'S A REALLY GREAT BOOK, IT'S A FERVID, INTENSE, TANGO.

THAT'S WHY THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE.

IT'S BECAUSE IT'S EXACTLY THE WAY YOU IMAGINED IT.

NOT THE WAY SOMEBODY ELSE IMAGINED IT.

MARK: YEAH.

AMY: OH, HEY, LOOK.

THERE'S A GARAGE SALE DOWN THERE.

MARK: THERE YOU GO.

BUT ISN'T ALL THE GOOD STUFF USUALLY GONE BY NOW?

AMY: NOT THE BOOKS.

MARK: GOOD POINT.

HEY, AMY, HOW ABOUT THESE OVER HERE?

THIS IS RIGHT IN YOUR WHEELHOUSE.

AMY: WHAT YOU GOT?

MARK: KID'S BOOKS.

AMY: OH, KID'S BOOKS. GREAT.

AWESOME. LET'S SEE WHAT THEY'VE GOT.

NOPE, NOPE, NOPE.

NOPE, NOPE, NOPE, NOPE.

NOPE. NOPE.

OH, HERE'S A GOOD ONE.

MARK: YEAH?

AMY: YEAH.

WHAT ARE THEY ASKING FOR THESE?

MARK: LET'S SEE.

AMY: ONE DOLLAR?

MARK: A DOLLAR.

AMY: WELL, IT'S PROBABLY WORTH $20.

MARK: THAT'S GOOD.

AMY: THAT'S PRETTY GOOD.

SPEND $1, IT'S WORTH $20.

NO, I DON'T THINK SO.

NO, DEFINITELY NOT.

NO, NO.

MARK: HOW ABOUT THIS?

AMY: OH, LET'S SEE.

WOW.

MARK: YEAH. 44

AMY: COME ON. REALLY?

MARK: YEAH.

AMY: WOW, IF THIS ONE'S REALLY A FIRST EDITION,

IT'S PROBABLY WORTH 50 BUCKS, EASY.

MARK: SO YOU GOT--

AMY: $40 WITHOUT THE DUST JACKET.

MARK: YOU'RE GOING TO MAKE ALMOST 50 BUCKS FOR A $1.25.

AMY: YOU KNOW WHAT?

LET'S GO BUY SOME COOKIES.

MARK: LET'S DO IT.

AMY: WOW, THIS LOOKS KIND OF PROMISING.

MARK: HERE WE GO.

I DON'T KNOW IF WE'RE GOING TO FIND ANYTHING IN THERE.

AMY: THESE ARE MOSTLY, LIKE, LADIES' NOVELS.

MARK: RIGHT, RIGHT.

AMY: I DON'T KNOW.

IS ANYBODY INTERESTED IN THIS?

IT ACTUALLY MIGHT BE WORTH CHECKING.

I DON'T THINK SO, BUT I DON'T KNOW.

MARK: IT'S PRETTY SPECIFIC.

AMY: YEAH, BUT EVERYBODY LIKES DIANA, SO.

YOU KNOW, I DON'T WANT TO--

MARK: THERE YOU GO. $109.00

AMY: SEE? BECAUSE IT'S DIANA.

MARK: AMAZING.

AMY: IT'S NOT REALLY A GOOD BOOK, BUT I'M NOT POSITIVE--

YEAH, IT IS.

MARK: THAT'S IT. THAT'S THE EXACT ONE.

AMY: YEAH. AND IT'S FIRST EDITION.

MARK: YEAH.

AMY: SO IT'S STILL A REALLY GOOD FIND.

AMY: I'VE GOT ONE OF THE VOLUMES? TWO VOLUMES.

I DON'T REALLY KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT BOOKS.

I'VE GOT A LOT OF BIBLES HERE.

AMY: YOU DON'T CARE HOW MUCH WE GIVE YOU FOR THIS BOOK, RIGHT?

[LAUGHING]

FEMALE: HOW MUCH IS IT WORTH?

MARK: WELL, LET'S SEE.

AMY: ABOUT $565.

FEMALE: SERIOUSLY?!

AMY: OKAY.

THIS BOOK IS 30 OR 40 YEARS OLD?

IT'S FROM THE--

MARK: HANG ON.

THAT'S WORTH LIKE 75 BUCKS.

AMY: OKAY.

IT ORIGINALLY SOLD FOR $5.95.

40 YEARS LATER, SOMEBODY WANTS $3 FOR IT,

BUT IN REALITY, IT'S WORTH $75.

SO, LIKE, YOUR MIND JUST STARTS SPINNING.

AMY: DID YOU CHECK THIS ONE?

MARK: I'M NOT SURE ABOUT THIS ONE.

I'D HAVE TO LOOK THAT ONE UP.

THIS ONE, 65, 75 BUCKS BECAUSE IT'S IN REALLY GOOD SHAPE.

I'D HAVE TO DO A LITTLE MORE RESEARCH.

AMY: RIGHT. BECAUSE IT'S CHARLES ADDAMS,

MY CROWD, FIRST EDITION.

THEY'VE MADE, LIKE, FIVE MOVIES.

HOW MANY CHARLES--

HOW MANY ADDAMS FAMILY MOVIES PLUS THE TV SERIES?

YOU KNOW IT'S WORTH MONEY.

IT'S ALWAYS GOING TO BE WORTH MONEY.

MARK: WE SHOULD GET THESE TWO.

BECAUSE ALL THE CHARACTERS ARE ICONIC.

HOW MUCH ARE--

FEMALE: THE BOOKS ARE $3 A PIECE.

AMY: $3 A PIECE?

FEMALE: YES.

AMY: HAVE YOU GOT 6 BUCKS?

MARK: I CAN GET 6 BUCKS.

AMY: WAIT. LET ME.

I SPENT ALL $10 I STARTED WITH.

I HAVE TO RUN BACK TO MY CAR.

I'LL BE RIGHT BACK, OKAY?

DON'T SELL THESE TO ANYBODY ELSE.

MARK: WHERE SHOULD WE GO NOW?

AMY: WE'RE GOING TO GO TO A FLEA MARKET.

THERE'S A REALLY GOOD FLEA MARKET DOWNTOWN,

AND FLEA MARKETS ARE SOMETIMES KIND OF IFFY,

BECAUSE THE SELLERS KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE,

BUT EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE, YOU CAN GET LUCKY,

SO IT'S PROBABLY WORTH A TRIP.

[MUSIC]

[MUSIC]

MARK: RIGHT THERE.

AMY: OH.

[MUSIC]

THE ONLY THING ABOUT THIS KIND OF BOOKS

IS THAT THEY LOOK LIKE THEY SHOULD BE SO VALUABLE,

AND THEY'RE KIND OF NOT.

WELL, SHOUT IT OUT IF YOU SEE IT.

[MUSIC]

WELL, THERE'S ONE MORE AISLE.

LOOK, WE JUST WALKED RIGHT PAST THIS.

OH, MY GOD. WAIT A SECOND.

THIS BOOK, 365 BEDTIME STORIES,

IS LIKE THE MOST SOUGHT AFTER BOOK EVER.

IT, LIKE, BREAKS ALL RECORDS.

IT'S NOT WORTH ANYTHING

EXCEPT THAT PEOPLE WHO HAD IT WHEN THEY WERE KIDS

WANT A COPY.

THERE'S GOT TO BE A BOOK SELLER AROUND HERE SOMEWHERE.

MARK: HOW ABOUT RIGHT THERE?

RIGHT THERE INSIDE?

AMY: HI.

FEMALE: THEY HAVE A SHOW ABOUT FINDING RARE BOOKS.

MARK: HI GOOD TO SEE YOU.

AMY: THIS IS MARK.

MALE: OH, SO YOU'RE OUT HUNTING FOR BOOKS?

MARK: YES.

WE'RE LOOKING FOR SOME GOOD, VALUABLE BOOKS.

YOU GOT ANYTHING YOU CAN SHOW US?

MALE: WELL, SURE, I CAN. YEAH.

MARK: LET'S LOOK AROUND.

[MUSIC]

MALE: I HAVE FUN WITH THE BOOKS.

I BUY THEM FOR, YOU KNOW, $0.50 A BOOK SOMETIMES,

AND I CAN, YOU KNOW, MAKE A DECENT PROFIT.

MARK: RIGHT. THAT'S GREAT.

MALE: I BUY LOW AND SELL LOW.

THAT'S KIND OF MY BUSINESS.

SO, YOU KNOW, I KNOW I DO SELL TO A LOT OF BOOK SELLERS

BECAUSE MY PRICES ARE CHEAP.

SO I SELL TO BOTH BOOK SELLERS,

BUT I SELL A LOT TO THE REGULAR PUBLIC.

BUT I ENJOY HUNTING FOR BOOKS,

SO I'M OUT THERE DIGGING AND I FIND THEM.

YOU ARE FINDING THEM, THAT'S THE THING.

SO IF BOOK SELLERS ARE COMING TO YOU TO BUY BOOKS FROM YOU,

IT'S BECAUSE YOU'RE DOING ALL THE WORK FOR THEM.

YOU'RE DOING WHAT WE'RE DOING.

YOU'RE DOING THE TREASURE SEEKING

AND THEN THEY'RE KIND OF TAKING ADVANTAGE OF YOU.

MALE: WELL, I'M SURE I LET A FEW GO.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT,

I'M MAKING MONEY ON ALL OF THEM.

SO I'M HAPPY AND I ENJOY THE HUNT.

THAT'S MY FUN HOBBY.

AMY: YEAH, IT'S REALLY FUN, ISN'T IT?

IT'S REALLY FUN.

BECAUSE YOU HAVE SOME REALLY GOOD BOOKS.

LIKE OVER THERE, THOSE BOOKS OF WONDER,

THOSE WERE ALL REPRINTED,

AND THE REPRINTS ARE WORTH MONEY,

AND YOU HAVE THE ORIGINALS.

LIKE TWO OR THREE ORIGINAL BOOKS OF WONDER OVER THERE.

MALE: OKAY.

AMY: THAT REPRINT OF THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND AND JESSE--

MALE: OH, YEAH.

BY THE SCRIBNER'S, YEAH, YEAH.

AMY: THOSE ARE REALLY GOOD EDITIONS.

MALE: OKAY.

AMY: THE SHEL SILVERSTEIN ONE.

MALE: OH, YEAH.

AMY: IT'S A FIRST EDITION.

MALE: WELL, I GOT MY METHODS OF LOOKING BOOKS UP,

SO I TRY NOT TO GIVE THEM AWAY,

BUT AGAIN, I TRY TO PRICE THEM CHEAP SO THEY SELL.

IF YOU TAKE THESE TO NEW YORK CITY,

I'M SURE PRICES DEPEND ON WHERE YOU'RE SELLING THEM TOO.

AMY: WELL, I THINK THE BIG MARKET'S ON THE INTERNET.

MALE: YEAH. AMAZON.

THERE'S A SITE CALLED ABE BOOKS, YOU KNOW, IF YOU KNOW THAT ONE.

BUT IN 2 WEEKS, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU'RE AROUND,

BUT THERE'S THE PRINTER'S ROW BOOK FAIR IN CHICAGO.

I DON'T KNOW, IT'S A 100 AND SOMETHING BOOK SELLERS,

AND IT'S A RIOT.

AMY: I KNOW, YEAH.

WE'VE ACTUALLY DONE IT.

MALE: YEAH.

AMY: DO YOU EXHIBIT THERE TOO?

MALE: YES, I DO.

AMY: GREAT.

WELL, MAYBE WE'LL SEE YOU THERE.

MALE: I HOPE SO.

AMY: OKAY.

MALE: THANKS FOR STOPPING IN.

AMY: THANK YOU. VERY NICE TO MEET YOU.

MARK: THANKS SO MUCH. OKAY.

AMY: LOOK HOW BUSY THAT MARKET WAS.

MARK: YEAH.

AMY: NOBODY ELSE WAS LOOKING AT THE BOOKS, JUST US.

THAT'S WHY THEY'RE EVERYWHERE.

THEY'RE EVERYWHERE AND THERE'S NOBODY, APPARENTLY,

LOOKING TO FIND VALUABLE ONES, BESIDES YOU AND ME.

MARK: WE'RE THE ONES.

AMY: YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD BE REALLY GREAT TOO?

IF THEY ACTUALLY OPENED THEM AND READ SOME OF THEM.

BECAUSE YOU KNOW THE FUNNY THING ABOUT BOOKS

IS THERE'S A BOOK FOR EVERYBODY.

MARK: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE BOOK?

AMY: IMPOSSIBLE TO ANSWER.

PRETTY OFTEN IT'S THE ONE I'M READING RIGHT NOW.

MARK: HEY, NO THAT WAS A GREAT ANSWER.

AMY: EXCEPT THAT I'M ALMOST NEVER ONLY READING ONE BOOK.

I MEAN, I CAN TELL YOU WHO MY FAVORITE AUTHOR IS.

P. G. WODEHOUSE.

MARK: OKAY.

AMY: I HAVEN'T EVEN COME CLOSE

TO READING ALL OF HIS BOOKS BECAUSE I HORDE THEM.

FOR TIMES OF REAL STRIFE IN MY LIFE, THEN I READ ONE

AND I FEEL MUCH BETTER.

MARK: ANY OTHER PLACES WE SHOULD GO?

AMY: SO THERE'S A WHOLE BUNCH OF REALLY TERRIFIC USED BOOKSTORES

RIGHT NEAR NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

THAT I THINK WE SHOULD GO VISIT.

ONE OF THEM EVEN SELLS BOOKS BY THE POUND.

WOW. OH!

WAIT A SECOND.

THIS CAN'T BE REAL.

I DON'T THINK THIS IS REAL.

WAIT A MINUTE. DO YOU THINK THIS IS REAL?

MARK: WHY WOULD THEY PUT A FAKE SIGNATURE IN THERE?

AMY: BECAUSE SOMETIMES THEY DO JUST TO MAKE IT LOOK COOL.

MARK: I KNOW BUT WHY-- I DON'T KNOW.

AMY: I DON'T KNOW.

CAN YOU LOOK THIS ONE UP?

BECAUSE IT'S A FIRST EDITION, AND PEOPLE LOVE THIS GUY,

AND PLUS HE DIED, AND THEN BRANDON SANDERSON

TOOK OVER THE WHOLE WHEEL OF TIME SERIES.

IT'S SORT OF, LIKE, YOU KNOW, GAME OF THRONES?

MARK: THIS IS SELLING FOR $0.99, IS WORTH $450,

AND IT'S IN PERFECT SHAPE.

IT HASN'T EVEN BEEN READ.

IT HASN'T EVEN BEEN READ.

AMY: YOU SEE?

LIKE, THIS IS WHAT I-- LIKE, YOU CAN TELL PEOPLE THIS.

YOU CAN TELL THEM.

YOU CAN SAY, LOOK, YOU CAN WALK DOWN THE STREET

IN EVANSTON, ILLINOIS, AND HERE, LOOK,

THERE'S ALL THESE NICE BARREL THINGYS FULL OF BOOKS,

AND YOU CAN BUY THEM FOR $0.99 EACH,

AND IF YOU DO THE TINIEST AMOUNT OF RESEARCH, YOU WILL FIND--

WE JUST FOUND $600 WORTH OF BOOKS--

MARK: YEAH, EASY.

AMY:-- THAT WE'RE GOING TO SPEND--

MARK: WE HAVEN'T EVEN BEEN INSIDE YET.

AMY: WE HAVEN'T EVEN GONE INSIDE.

LESS THAN $2.

MARK: CAN WE GO INSIDE?

AMY: YEAH, LET'S GO INSIDE.

MARK: BOOM. THERE IT IS.

I'LL LOOK IT UP.

AMY: SEE, LOOK.

THIS IS LIKE SHOOTING DUCKS IN A BARREL, MAN.

MARK: DON'T TELL EVERYONE.

AMY: I KNOW.

FIRST EDITION...

ON THE OTHER HAND, FOR 99 CENTS,

IT'S PROBABLY WORTH IT.

THEY'VE GOT A BUNCH OF COPIES.

MARK: YOU WANT ME TO LOOK IT UP?

AMY: YEAH, JUST IN CASE.

AMY: THIS ONE IS PROBABLY BETTER THAN THIS ONE,

BUT WE CAN BUY THEM BOTH FOR $2.

OKAY. LET'S GET THEM BOTH.

DID YOU SEE THIS MOVIE?

MARK: NO, I HAVEN'T.

AMY: THE GOLDEN COMPASS.

THIS IS THE THIRD ONE.

MARK: OH, I'VE SEEN PART OF IT, NOT ALL OF IT.

AMY: YEAH.

OKAY.

WELL, THIS IS A FIRST EDITION OF CATCHING FIRE.

THIS IS A FIRST EDITION OF A NEWBERY WINNER.

MARK: VERY COOL.

AMY: NOT IN AS GOOD A CONDITION.

WHAT'S THE FIRST ONE OF THIS ONE?

MARK: DIVERGENT, RIGHT?

AMY: DIVERGENT, RIGHT.

MARK!

THERE ARE FOUR COPIES HERE, OKAY.

MARK: WHERE'S THE OTHER ONE?

AMY: I PUT IT ON THE DESK BECAUSE IT WAS--

I THINK IT REALLY IS.

MARK: WHAT ABOUT THESE?

AMY: I DON'T KNOW.

I MEAN, I KIND OF FREAKED OUT.

I MEAN, LIKE, I DID FREAK OUT.

NOT KIND OF, I DID.

MARK: THAT'S LIKE, $2,000, OR $2500 OR SOMETHING.

AMY: YES. I KNOW.

MARK: I DON'T THINK THESE ARE.

SO THAT'S THE ONLY ONE.

AMY: I'M GETTING AN EXPERT OPINION ON THIS ONE.

SO WHEN WE TALKED ON THE PHONE EARLIER TODAY--

MALE: SURE.

AMY:-- I WAS ASKING YOU WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF A FIRST EDITION

OF THE DA VINCI CODE.

MALE: I THINK THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE

WHO ARE LOOKING TO BUY THINGS INEXPENSIVELY,

AND THEY'RE INTERESTED IN THE OBJECT.

THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE INTERESTED

IN THE BRAGGING RIGHTS,

AND SO WHAT HAPPENS IS IF YOU BUY A BOOK FOR $2,500,

YOU'RE SORT OF SELF-CONFIRMING THAT THE BOOK WAS WORTH $2,500.

AMY: IF YOU MULTIPLY THAT ACROSS A POPULATION,

YOU HAVE THOUSANDS, OR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS,

OR MILLIONS OF PEOPLE WHO SHARE YOUR LOVE,

DOESN'T THAT ALSO TEND TO INCREASE--

MALE: FOR SURE.

AMY:-- THE VALUE OF THE BOOK AS AN OBJECT?

MALE: ABSOLUTELY IT DOES,

AND THAT REALLY CREATES A VALUE FOR A PERIOD OF TIME,

BUT IT ALSO CREATES SO MANY PEOPLE INTERESTED IN THE BOOK

THAT THERE ARE SO MANY COPIES OUT THERE.

SO YOU HAVE THESE TWO COMPETING THINGS,

SUPPLY AND DEMAND.

MARK: RIGHT. SO WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS SPECIFICALLY, WELL,

CONTEMPORARY BOOKS TEND TO HAVE, LIKE A WINDOW OF VALUE,

DEPENDING ON EVENTS

OR TIMING OR SOMETHING ALONG THOSE LINES.

MALE: PERHAPS. PERHAPS MULTIPLE WINDOWS.

AMY: SO TIMING IS CRITICAL.

MALE: TIMING IS CRITICAL.

MARK: I SAY IT'S TIME TO HEAD BACK TO THE OFFICE

AND CHECK OUR PROFITS.

AMY: NOPE. THE BEST FOR LAST.

WE'RE GOING TO GO TO THRIFT STORES.

WE SEEK TREASURE.

MARK: THERE YOU GO.

AMY: I'M A BOOK BUYER.

MAYBE.

NO.

I JUST ASKED THE PRICE OF THE BOOKS.

MARK: OKAY.

AMY: DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH THEY HAVE IT?

MARK: A DOLLAR EACH.

AMY: NO.

TEN FOR A DOLLAR.

MARK: SO WHAT YOU'RE SAYING IS,

THERE'S A CHANCE WE CAN MAKE SOMETHING.

AMY: WE'D HAVE TO BE IDIOTS NOT TO MAKE SOMETHING.

MARK: FIRST EDITION.

WELL ACTUALLY I FOUND THIS ONE. I FOUND THIS ONE.

AMY: NO, NO, NO.

MARK: AND NOT SIGNED.

$500.00

AMY: OKAY. THERE YOU GO.

MARK: I GOT IT. I GOT IT.

AMY: DO YOU NEED ANY HELP?

MARK: NO. DO YOU NEED ANY HELP?

AMY: YES, I DO.

MARK: OF COURSE YOU DO.

AMY: I DO. I NEED HELP.

MARK: DON'T WORRY, I GOT IT.

IT'S WORTH IT FOR THIS HAUL, RIGHT?

AMY: YES. STOP COMPLAINING.

MARK: I'M NOT COMPLAINING. I'M HAPPY.

AMY: SO HERE'S WHAT I WANT TO DO.

THIS IS WHAT I THINK SOMEBODY SHOULD DO

AND IF NOBODY ELSE IS GOING TO DO IT,

I'M GOING TO DO IT.

I WANT TO TEACH PEOPLE TO DO THIS.

MARK: WE CAN TOTALLY TEACH PEOPLE TO DO THIS.

AMY: BECAUSE ANYBODY CAN DO IT.

I MEAN, IF I COULD TEACH YOU TO DO IT.

MARK: OKAY, YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO GO THAT FAR, BUT I AGREE.

I AGREE.

WE COULD TOTALLY TEACH PEOPLE TO DO IT.

AMY: IT'S FUN. IT'S EASY.

IT COULD BE PROFITABLE.

WHO KNOWS?

YOU MIGHT FIND A BOOK YOU LOVE ALONG THE WAY,

AND I CAN TEACH YOU TO DO IT.

I'M AMY BRENT.

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