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 Posted:   Apr 23, 2014 - 4:58 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Donating books and records and furniture rather than having the trash people take them to a landfill.

I have an 80-year-old friend who used to occasionally work in our offices when I worked at the Los Angeles Times in the late 80s and early 90s, and he had a mild stroke and is now living in a care unit in Hollywood. I've been trying to find homes for his massive collection of amazing books on movies and theatre and music and art and architecture and politics and sports, including a large number of expensive "coffee table" kinds of books in pristine condition. I had thought that places like the Salvation Army and Goodwill Industries would eagerly pick them up, but was surprised to find that they don't do that.

Does anyone have any suggestions on re-sellers who would jump at the chance to pick up such a valuable collection, including several wood and metal book cases? I'm in the Los Angeles area. Thank you.

 Posted:   Apr 23, 2014 - 5:32 PM   
 By:   gsteven   (Member)

Libraries will generally take donations of any books except textbooks, computer manuals and National Geographic magazine. Often they are made available to the public at annual fund-raising book sales. Craigslist should get quick takers for the shelving. You're a good guy to help out a friend.

 Posted:   Apr 23, 2014 - 5:38 PM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)

The above suggestion is spot on. I think the reason Goodwill wouldn't take them is because you asked them to be picked up instead of dropping them off yourself.

 Posted:   Apr 23, 2014 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Yeah, it's kinda hard for me to carry 5,000 pounds of books on my 16-speed bicycle.

I'm going to rent a car for 3 or 4 days, but only to take home some of Tom's big rugs and maybe more of the coffee table books. But it's strictly come-and-get-it, which greatly limits my options -- had meant to make it clear that I'm unable to deliver the stuff myself.

 Posted:   Apr 23, 2014 - 6:07 PM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

Used book dealers may buy up your lot or pick and choose. If their buying, they will need to see the collection at the residence. Check your local listings. Or check out auctions in your area. There are auctions for everything nowadays. You could possible put the entire collection up for sale that way. For the high end books you might try Ebay, but that would be a lot of work listing on a per book basis.

 Posted:   Apr 23, 2014 - 9:03 PM   
 By:   Christopher Kinsinger   (Member)

I don't know, solium. I've done thousands of online auctions at eBay, and I find it to be the very BEST venue for getting the highest dollar value out of every item.

 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 2:28 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

I take it you don't have charity shops in America like we do in England. With the economy being like it is, every high street has four or five of them. I've offloaded tons of stuff, good stuff, books, CD's, DVD's, all kinds of things that it's not worth trying to sell these days, the trouble is I end up buying things as well. But it's a good way of getting rid of things & the money they make goes to a good cause. I can't walk past one, I have to look in, some of them have some very interesting things, but no huge collectible bargains these days, as everyone is one click away from ebay, & so know what things are worth.

 Posted:   Apr 24, 2014 - 9:58 AM   
 By:   manderley   (Member)


For the books you might try ILIAD BOOKSTORE, who might like to purchase a bunch for re-sale. They have a large shop in the North Hollywood area at the corner of Chandler and (I believe) Cahuenga. It's one of the last places around here I can think of that has a lot of used books in all kinds of categories for sale to browsers. (They also sell their best titles online I think.) I'm not sure of the address but you can look it up.

For the furniture and bric-a-brac here are several possibilities:

WERTZ BROTHERS, which, I think, has several locations around town---the most prominent I know is in Santa Monica---has HIGH-END used furniture, carpets, limited bric-a-brac, etc. for sale. They might want to take a look at what you're trying to get rid of. We've bought several items from them---a Chinese-style credenza, a buffet, several antique chairs, etc. These were not cheap, so Wertz Brothers is looking for higher quality used furniture---but you may have some things like that to dispose of.

The area of Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank---roughly from Hollywood Way and running East for maybe 6-8 blocks---has quite a number of small---and sometimes funky---shops featuring used furniture, lamps, books, household dishes and bric-a-brac, records, clothing---just about everything one would need sooner or later. You might spend several hours perusing this area and talking with the owners about their purchasing in lots.

The big problem is that you likely don't have a long amount of time available to you to get this apartment-emptying job done, and so you are not going to have the advantage of finding the best price to off-load it all. You'll have to take what is offered just to get it out of the way.

This is all a good lesson to us all in distributing much of your most-valued collectibles and furniture in the last years of your life when you are still well and mobile and aware. At my age now, I think of this often today.




Anybody need several copies of the original CAINE MUTINY soundtrack? big grin big grin big grin

 Posted:   Apr 25, 2014 - 8:37 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)


Thanks for the time you spent in the above. I'm kicking myself, because this all began at the end of February, when Tom had his stroke, and we paid for March and April rent. But we're not going to pay for May, so time is running out. After being told that both the Salvation Army and Goodwill don't pick up and having some nearby thrift shops not wanting to take a look when I offered to GIVE the stuff to them, plus unable to find an AmVets in the area, I've about given up. As I've written, I no longer have a car, although I plan to rent one for the last few days of April to take home some of the rugs, which are too big for me to carry on my bike! At this point, it looks like a fabulous collection of books in pristine condition is going to be tossed into the dumpster next week.

 Posted:   Apr 26, 2014 - 3:56 PM   
 By:   gsteven   (Member)


Don't give up yet, maybe the non-profit PickUpPlease can help:

Good luck!

 Posted:   Apr 27, 2014 - 1:01 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

gsteven: Thanks! I had already tried them and got back:

"We’re Sorry! We do not currently offer donation pickup service in your zip code."

But it looks like I have more time -- my friend who had the stroke wants me to pick up a check for the May rent and he's going to keep the apartment yet another month. Yuck.

 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 2:47 PM   
 By:   Eugene Iemola   (Member)

Ron, I too live in L.A. and own a couple of cars to boot. If I could take a look at those books, I'd be happily at your disposal. Check my profile for my e-mail address. We could discuss it.

 Posted:   Apr 29, 2014 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

You can also offer an ad on Craigslist offering "Free Books" and that people who come by, can "Take as many as you wish", and that the ad is good for "As long as I have books left".

 Posted:   Apr 30, 2014 - 12:09 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Thanks Justin. But the book-filled apartment is on one side of town and I'm on the other, and I'm only there a couple of hours every few days, and it was hard to even make the books available to other residents of the same apartment building, much less trying to coordinate it with readers of Craiglist. But thanks for the suggestion.

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