Some of you might know that I used to work in a used and rare book shop. We would go to book sales from DC to Florida looking for high dollar items and then mostly sell on the Internet marketplaces. There are a few modern first editions that I knew to lookout for, but never put my hands on. I’ve had firsts of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (~$800), Game of Thrones (only ~$100 at the time), various Cormac McCarthy titles, etc. One that always eluded me was Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World. Well, yesterday I took my wife to a doctor’s appointment, and we stopped into a Habitat for Humanity Re-Store. I like turning old stained glass fixtures into hanging lamps, and you can usually scoop one or two up for less than $15. So as we were leaving, I saw a small bookshelf in the corner, went over to peruse, and there it was! I picked it up and told my wife “this is $400 right here.” We went to pay for it and I didn’t have a scrap of cash, so she paid the 53¢ that they were asking for it. The edges of the text block were pretty dusty and discolored, so I gently hit it with some 400 grit sandpaper (you learn some weird tricks in the book business. We used to have cigarette house books in plastic tubs full of kitty litter all over the place), and they brightened right up! So now it’s listed for a bit of a reaching price - $550 - we’ll see if I get any reasonable offers. The big questions - what gear should I buy and do I have to share any of the proceeds with my wife? She did pony up the money for it after all.