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How can I find out what my old children’s books are worth?

By Monica on 23 May, 2016

With programmes like Cash in the Attic and Bargain Hunt all over the airwaves, and trends for vintage and recycling still on the up, many more people are trying to use some of their old unwanted possessions to raise extra money.

Today we present five tips on how to find out what your much-loved-but-no-longer-needed children’s books of the past could be worth in cold hard cash:

  1. Do your research. The internet is a great tool for researching current prices. Try comparing prices on ebay.co.uk, abebooks.co.uk and even Amazon.  This will give you a general idea of how much your particular book is worth – and potentially, how popular it might be as a collector’s item.
  2. Is your book a first edition? First editions are highly prized and most often worth more than later editions.
  3. If your book is a rarity, chances are this will increase the price.
  4. Condition, condition, condition. Condition is vitally important. Does your book have a dust jacket? Is it complete? Are pages bent or torn or damaged in any way? Condition significantly affects value.
  5. Was your book signed by the author?  A signed copy, especially a first edition, will likely be even more special and therefore more valuable. For example, signed copies of a Harry Potter book can be worth four to five figures – and up to £40 000 for a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone!

If you’re thinking of starting a children’s book collection, you should also bear these tips in mind when buying. However interesting to read, an old, falling-part library or book club edition of your book may well not be a good buy if you are trying to create a collection with value. 

Happy selling! 

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