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Subject: old boxcar children and babysitters club books - get rid of or keep?
Date Posted: 5/7/2008 4:23 PM ET
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so I am 26 years old and have a big box of babysitters club and boxcar children books.  Probably have 20 boxcar kids and maybe 30-40 babysitters club.  I have probably read them when I was 13.  Anyways I have kept them this long as I thought one day it might be cool for my kids to read them.  Figured babysitters club is for girls and boxcar children could be for either boys or girls.  Anyways, just wondering what your opinions are if you think I should keep or get rid of them?  Also what are your thoughts on putting them up here versus selling on ebay - have noticed some lots of babysitters club for sale on ebay.

FYI - I have no kids yet - am getting married this august - and will probably wait 2 more years before we even start trying.  I went to school for 8 years to get a doctorate degree and I feel I need some time to do things I want to do (travel) rather than rushing into the family thing.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 4:38 PM ET
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There is someone on the Book Bazaar right now looking for Boxcar Children books. Maybe get in touch with her and make a deal, post some WL, earn some credits, sell the rest in a lot on ebay. You probably wouldn't make more than a couple bucks each on them on ebay, less fees and time. It would take your kids a while to read them.

tjbeloved33 (Tricia H.)


Date Posted: 5/7/2008 4:54 PM ET
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I guess it depends on how soon you plan to have children and if you want to keep them that long.  I can understand the sentiment but if you don't have kids now how many years before you do and then add the age that they would be able to read these books.  that should give you an idea if you want to keep them or not

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 7:35 PM ET
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I would keep them! You will likely get some enjoyment out of seeing your children read books that you enjoyed as a child. You've kept them this long, why not a little longer? (I too spent a long time in graduate school before I started a family! :) )
Date Posted: 5/7/2008 9:41 PM ET
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I don't think they're worth much.  I've gotten some on here for my daughter in 4 for 1 deals.  The UBS in town is loaded with them.  So it's really up to you if you want to keep them or not.  I know it gives me great pleasure to see my daughter reading my husbands 30+ yr old Dr. Seuss books.  But she has none of my old books and that's ok too.

Date Posted: 5/7/2008 9:48 PM ET
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It's a popular series and there seem to be lots of them around.

A little off topic but has anyone noticed that the newer paperback editions tend to cleave at the spine after 1 or 2 reads? I have a bunch I've had to offer free with an order b/c they are cleaving so bad and they are nearly new! :-(


Date Posted: 5/8/2008 12:27 PM ET
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We're the same age and I used to read Babysitter's club when I was younger as well. I gave my books up to a daugheter of a family friend some years ago. I don't like clutter and I needed more room on my bookshelf. Maybe you could do the same, with the condition you get them back when you have children?

Date Posted: 5/8/2008 5:06 PM ET
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My philosophy is that I keep a few of my very favorites, and store the rest on other people's shelves all over the country.  When I want them again, I request them here :-)

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 5:52 PM ET
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Kristen  - I'd go to the Book Bazaar and make a post stating you have x-amount of each series and offer them as a 3 for 1.  When parents find a series their kids will read, they'll usually try to collect as many as possible to encourage reading.  The books you mentioned are easy to find, and rather than lug them around for the next 10 years, I'd let them go now and collect the points to trade for something you'll enjoy reading, rather using the storage space.  Check out ebay, also, as you mentioned, but personally, I've stopped listing on ebay b/c it's just doesnt' seem to bring in what it used to.

And welcome to PBS!

Date Posted: 5/9/2008 6:01 PM ET
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It's really up to you, but with a popular series it's likely you can get copies again. And I personally have received just as much enjoyment in seeing my daughter reading newer editions of the books I loved as a child (What to People Do All Day?, Dr. Seuss books, Little House books) as I think I would have with her reading the actual book. (She actually read my copy of Little House in the Big Woods. The warm fuzzy I got was not that she was reading the actual book, but because she was reading a book I dearly loved!)