Hello peeps. This might not be of interest to everyone, but I rarely see people talking about what it takes to maintain a massive book collection (cheaply) so I figured I’d bring up the topic today, because that’s exactly what I am doing.
I have a ridiculous, illogical Stephen King collection. I have every first edition of his novels from Carrie to End of Watch, at least one paperback copy of all of his books, an audiobook of each book, and an ebook copy. My mother first started collecting King novels with the first shorter edition of The Stand. Her collection was destroyed by Hurricane Opal in 1995, but I’ve since rebuilt it.
Anyway, my point is, it is the pride of my collection, as you would imagine, but it’s a pain in the ass to maintain cheaply. I will eventually build my own shelves, but until then, I’m using cheapo Target shelves I found on clearance. $35 shelving for $9.99. Couldn’t beat it with a stick. But they are unbearably cheap and fragile and most King novels weigh a quarter ton, so I’ve devised a routine for keeping them from collapsing. This will eventually stop working, but here’s what I do.
Every month, I flip the shelves and dust them and the books. Doing this relieves the strain on the shelves and keeps them from bowing too drastically. In fact, if they start bowing before the month is out, I jump to action and start flipping early. I suggest doing this with any collection of heavy books. And, remember, paperbacks add up. So if you’re double stacking your paperbacks, your shelf is likely under more strain than it can handle. Unless you buy quality, then you don’t have to worry too much.
Why don’t I buy better shelves? you might ask. Because, like I said above, I want to build them myself. I have a detailed design in my noggin, and when I’m feeling frisky (I’m a spontaneous dude), I’ll run down and buy the wood and screws and all that. Until then, my only option is maintenance.
Do you have a collection? How do you maintain it? Are you planning a collection in the future, or is collecting not for you. Let me know in the comments.
See you tomorrow,
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