Being a collector is never easy, especially when it comes to horse novels. Most of them – at least the ones I wanted – were long out of print when I started collecting these books. Therefore, I had to rely on second hand traders. Second hand shops and flea markets are great and I got a considerable number of books at these places. The plus side: if one does not approve of the condition, one does not have to buy the book. However, they tend to have a very limited range, so I turned to eBay for most of my collector career and I really truly love that place. I’ve got hundreds of books there – and that’s no exaggeration!
Although about 95% of transactions worked just fine, I also had a couple of bad experiences, most of them involved people not being honest about the condition of the books. Broken spines, stains, bend marks on the cover – I’ve seen it all. In the worst cases, I couldn’t even do something because the seller had changed the description afterwards from as good as new to not so great at all and I had no proof. What I tended to do was to get better looking replacements. But what to do with those poor abused and mistreated books?
Until now, I kept most of them. I just couldn’t bring myself to throw them away, especially since some of them are old and already rare. I don’t want them to disappear. Besides, throwing away books is like burning them – absolutely unacceptable. However, I’m running out of space to stock them, so they have to go – and I found a nice place for them.
A couple of days ago, I posted some of these poor things in two Facebook groups, trading places for horse novels: I would give them away if someone was willing to pay the shipping costs. As much as I want to get rid of them, I really don’t want to pay extra. About an hour after I posted the pictures, I already got a message. Someone was interested to take all the books that are for free. At first, I was a little surprised and wary, but then I learned that they are for a stable that is specialised in therapeutic riding. I decided to throw in all the novels that I won’t be able to sell and a couple of PonyClub extras that were lying around unused anyway. For me, it’s a win-win situation: I get rid of the books and a couple of children will be delighted to have new reading material. For me, that’s the perfect solution.