It took both of our large cars crammed full with the boxes bought at auction to get them home.
They had been entered in a general sale – and were either bought at the auction house’s minimum bid or failed to attract the minimum bid of £10 and were bought after the auction. Some lots were donated for free. Typically each lot of books had 5 or six boxes – the total cost to Tony Sargeant was about £30 (3 lots). BUT .. in each lot there were something like 30 or 40 interesting books in good condition which OXFAM can sell for say £2 each. So total income of at least £300 – add to that the 25 % ‘Gift Aid’ tax element that Oxfam gets back from the Inland Revenue on every book sold and you can see that with a cost to me of £30 – (plus it has to be said a lot of time and energy in moving the books — and a bad back which took a week or more to recover!) OXFAM will generate something like £400 – seems like a worthwhile effort.
Oh yes and sometimes – you find an interesting book or two that you want to read yourself before passing it on to Oxfam. It is fun sorting through the boxes.