News-Antique.com - Jul 23,2009 - One collecting genre that can cost relatively little is that of books. That is not to say that hundreds – even thousands – of dollars aren't spent on rare volumes. But, as a hobby, the average book lover can be quite satisfied with picking up the occasional "gem" at a reasonable price.
Book collectors usually gravitate to a subject they already care about – ancient history, civil war, biographies, comics, old TV Guides, travel – the subjects are endless. A great place to search without a big financial commitment is at charity used book sales. These are fund-raising sales run by non-profit organizations. Books are donated to the charity and volunteers run the sale, so the books are usually sold at bargain prices.
Price Guides and appraisal services are available for keeping tabs on the value of one's collection. "A Pocket Guide to Identification of First Editions" gives a good rundown of what to look for. Other resources are found through classified ads at websites that deal in used books. One of these is http://www.booksalefinder.com/classified.html, the classified section of Book Sale Finder.
Armed with the right resources, anyone can start or continue a collection of their favorite subject without severely hurting the wallet.