Archive for January, 2013

Children's books...some of the boxes!

Children’s books…some of the boxes!

Until recently I didn’t realize how difficult it is to give away children’s books. My wife decided to clean up our daughters library as she is older now and will not be revisiting any of these books. Upon careful inspection and inventory we determined most of the books were in immaculate (like new) condition and would probably benefit someone with younger kids especially girls. My wife spent several hours sorting and categorizing them by age, reading levels, boys versus girls etc. etc. After all that we started calling family and friends to see if they could use any of the books — my sisters slected a handful of books and they were done.

Someone suggested since the books are in like new condition we may want to sell them and we thought it was a good idea. I started with obvious places and posted on Craig’s List, eBay, Half.com and a few obscure sites hoping someone would show interest. Days turn into weeks and other than a few inquiries — NOTHING!

A friend mentioned since I am in Manhattan every week I should stop by Strand Bookstore (for those who aren’t from the area http://www.strandbooks.com/ is one of the largest used bookstore in the world, they claim to be home to 18 miles of books. I called and was directed to the buyers team, and as soon as I explained my dilemma with children’s books he apologized that they don’t accept any kids books and hung up.

The boxes are piling up (the image on top only shows some of the boxes) and are now sitting in the hallway. Not one to give up, I called the local library – they gently informed me that they have so many kids books and at this time are not accepting any more donations. I can leave my contact information and they will call me back. (Don’t call us, we will call you routine!).

I proceeded to call the local hospitals, several orphanages and many childrens’ organizations. No one wants them for one reason or another.

By now my wife is upset and is ready to put them out on for recycling or on the next bulk day. I am resisting the temptation because they are good books and we paid good hard earned money and spent a lot of time selecting “age-appropriate” books for our daughter.

The local flea market is only open during the summer months and I am not ready to have a yard sale in the dead of winter. So here I am with a ton of books and no idea what to do with them!

Any suggestions?


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Quote by Churchill

Quote by Churchill

“Being an entrepreneur is definitely a roller coaster ride, and you have to learn when to zig instead of zag so to speak. It requires being flexible and open to change when the time is right. It requires a thick skin, and an ability to ignore other people when they tell you you’re crazy for working so hard.”

The above quote is from a blog post by Diana Adams, Click to read the entire post It also includes a chart by Anna Vital, really worth reviewing. I am going to print it and frame it in my home office prominently. How to never give up becoming an entrepreneur” And if you like the infographic you probably want to know more about the person who created it. Well you’re in luck because Anna has created a book what she claims to be the first for entrepreneurs Support “Becoming an Entrepreneur” Infographic Book on Kickstarter.com

Here is something to keep you motivated 99 Inspirational & Motivational Quotes On Entrepreneurship.

Remember…your dreams, they can come true (only if you persist!).

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water-drops-refractions“Water, like religion and ideology, has the power to move millions of people. Since the very birth of human civilization, people have moved to settle close to it. People move when there is too little of it. People move when there is too much of it. People journey down it. People write, sing and dance about it. People fight over it. And all people, everywhere and every day, need it.” -Mikhail Gorbachev, President of Green Cross International quoted in Peter Swanson’s Water: The Drop of Life, 2001

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Earlier today, at the FDR State Park, NY
A walk in the park!

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