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Crazy things the Concilio/Otto family does

So, my husband and I like used books. A lot.
In fact, we have a fairly profitable and fun hobby/side business of buying and reselling used books. It’s something to do, it makes us a bit of extra money, and we just plain love books, so it’s no hardship to spend our time delving through piles and boxes of them.

We might have gone a little overboard. Last Wednesday, you see, we rented a UHaul truck, drove about an hour and a half away to a town called Cressona, and spent $500 for as many books as we could fit in the UHaul.

First, let me say that if you don’t know much about bookselling, this is a pretty good deal.

Second, let me say that even if you know a bit about bookselling – which we do – it soon becomes obvious that a UHaul full of books is, well, a lot of books. A whole lot.

We did pack the truck full. Here’s a look at it just partway into the loading process; I think that in some ways, this gives you a better idea of how much, exactly, we were talking about than the pictures of it packed full, where you really can’t see anything.

Of course, when you rent a UHaul for a day, you know, you have to return it by 5 p.m. So around 3 p.m., we decided to fork over a little more money and invited my best friend’s high-school-senior brother and a friend of his over to help us unload this truck into our garage.

Do you remember my garage? The one that was featured on an organizing Web site?

Well, meet my garage now:

Wow. We MIGHT be a little over our heads here…

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