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Discussion in 'The Library' started by Lanolin, Oct 23, 2015.

  1. What's on your bookshelf?
    Or your to be read pile (if you don't have a shelf)

    Just curious.
    I trained as a librarian so love this section of the forum!!

    As for me I have two bookshelves in my room, and have regular clear outs. Another in a makeshift 'office' near the kitchen. I always have bible and dictionaries.
    I have a shelf of gardening books, a shelf of coffee table books of different countries and atlases.
    There's novels (mostly female authors, as I'm female, I can relate)
    Memoirs, autobiographies.
    Christian books, which regularly make their way to the church library.
    Library books. I'm always borrowing.

    Then in the kitchen, cookbooks, and history books. And more gardening books. lol.
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  2. My wife and I live in a two bedroom apartment in a gated community. One bedroom is hers for her sewing and reading as well as for the two of us for sleeping. The other bedroom she gave to me as my study where my computers, piano, desk and bookcases are located,

    I used to keep all of my books from high school days through college, etc., but long before we moved to this apartment a lot of it had to go. I neglected to mention I also have a postage stamp collection that probably numbers well over 100,000 stamps. The stamps albums and catalogues take up a lot of space and much of it is stored in a walk-in closet. Actually I am slowly selling my stamps so as not to burden my wife with the mess of it. She threatens to throw it all into the dumpster if I precede her in death.

    My books consist of many Bibles in three languages (Spanish, English and German) along with lots of reference books for Bible, stamps and the three languages. In one corner is my recliner where I sit back to read my Bibles during the early morning hours.
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  3. Stamps! I used to collect those when I was younger, actually my dad works for the post.
    Actually he was the one that collected them for me pretty much. I have two books of them. I don't know if they be worth anything now, because of email...

    I wasn't that interested in them though, I had all different kinds but mostly nz ones as we would get them new but nowadays they come as stickers and aren't so exciting.

    I have more photo albums than stamp books. Also cat jigsaw puzzles jostle for shelf space.
  4. The stamps have played an interesting role in my life and in my service for God. But, that's for another testimony. I was into them too much. Now I am into the things of God. The stamps have some value to some people still so I am able to slowly sell them, but preparing them can take lots of time which I am not always willing (or able?) to spend.

    I started collecting when I was about 8 by going through the family mail and I am now almost 72. Other those I have traded or sold I still have all from all of those years. I only started selling in about 2008. Unless I live for a long time, I never dispose of the whole lot before my end here. The hobby has changed drastically over the years as has so much. My attitude toward the hobby has also changed drastically. Instead spending time with God and His work, I once traded with nearly 40 stamp collectors from around the world. I was doing that while still working full-time and it nearly killed me literally. God saved me from that early natural death.
  5. Oh, well, I noticed that there's a box in my church that collected stamps and I think someone sells them and uses the money to support missionaries all over the world.

    Maybe you could do the same? Are stamps worth more than their face value nowadays? Mine are in a book, they are all new stamps (not postmarked) so I could just give the whole book to the church I suppose. I don't collect them anymore.
  6. Most of my stamps are postally used ones which have no value anymore for postage. Most of them have no real value to those who still collect because the old collectors usually already have them and like me don't need any more duplicate copies. The number of newer younger collectors in the United States and probably in most of the more technologically advanced countries (including of course, New Zealand) is greatly diminished from earlier years. Supply and demand works on stamps values as in other things of value. I have stamps over 150 years old that I could not sell to most people because most people aren't interested in stamps at any price. Those who are usually already have them. I am not meaning to say your stamps are worthless, but to most people they would be. Only serious collectors could give a reasonable value for them and only a dealer would almost always be willing to buy and collection or stamp worth the trouble to him. Giving stamps to church wouldn't mean much to them unless they were still valid for postage (unused) or they had a stamp collector who could set a fair value on them and knew where to sell them.

    In the United States the best source for used stamp values are found in the Scott Standard Postage Catalogues which give values for world-wide stamps from the earliest issues in every country in the world to the date the Catalogue was published. New sets of catalogues come out every year with values shown in U.S. dollars. [They are expensive costing $80-$100 U.S. dollars per volume. The world is covered in a six volume set.}

    While Scott includes New Zealand stamps in its listing the Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogues based in Great Britain may have a better listing with the values shown in British currency. I am not familiar with a Catalogue based in New Zealand, but there may be one. There are certainly stamp dealers. If you know an honest dealer, he may honestly tell you your stamps are worth less than paper, but even if he were to offer you money for them, it would be unlikely to a lot. Stamps are usually sold at a fraction of what they are listed in catalogue. Catalogues will have separate price listing for used and unused stamps. Scott stamp #1 for New Zealand pictures Queen Victoria was issued July 20, 1855 printed in London and the Scott value for unused copy is $75,000.00 while it is only $21,500.00 for a used copy. Those prices, of course, are for stamps in good condition.

    The oldest New Zealand stamp I own is Scott #37 a used stamp issued between 1864 and 1871. The latest Scott Catalogue shows a value of $135.00. My stamp has the same picture of Victoria as Scott #1, The #1 was imperforate (no perforations to make separating stamps easier) and colored dull carmine. My stamp is vermilion (color) measure at 6½ perforations per 2 centimeters. Most of my stamps are effectively worthless even though the minimum catalogue value always shows 25 cents.

    In this country most public libraries have a set of Scott Catalogues available to the public. I know nothing about what is available in New Zealand. Checking the values for yourself with the catalogues can be a time-consuming job requiring a lot of patience. I have always enjoyed it, but then I have almost always been a collector.
  7. If your stamps have been fastened to the pages with their own glue, their value is greatly diminished. Stamps fastened with regular household adhesive tape are worthless as they are impossible to remove without damaging the stamp.
  8. All the stamps are brand new and haven't been used.
    They are from the 80's and 90's. They are full sets and some first day covers. My dad just bought them for me as they came out.
    I have two books, but I think I will just keep them as they are kind of like nz history in pictures and miniature.
    I don't suppose missionaries would get much money for them, they just had a box at church to collect stamps. I never collected stamps to trade or for their value, really.
    Stamp catalogues never interested me. I've seen them at the library, huge volumes.

    My dad is the collector.
    I guess I am kind of as I ended up being a librarian but I don't collect books like a collector does, or catalogue them. if anything I collect plants as I garden. I read books. I do record what I read on shelfari though, I enjoy doing that as I can write reviews.
  9. Librarians have always been good helpers in my own experience. They usually know a lot off the top of their heads, but when not, they dive in to find out whatever it is you need. Thanks for being an interested friend.
  10. Your collection of unused from the 80's & 90's will usually bring you at least face value from a collector, unless there is something unusual about them or they are hard to obtain from a dealer. Some of the complete sets will sell at a premium (higher than face value). A dealer will usually pay you less than face value. There are exceptions to almost everything.
  11. hmm well, I will ask the church elders what that stamp collection box is for I don't know how much dealers would pay as never been to one.

    I'm sure I have another album somewhere and just keep the ones I like the most maybe. I don't know.

    I was looking through them last night and found my sister had given me ones of William and Kate's wedding. I also have NZ ones of Prince Charles and Diana and William.

    I find that once people know you have a collection of something they just give you stuff!!!
    You don't really need to go out looking.
  12. New Zealand is probably like the U.S. for dealers. When stamp collecting was the world's most popular hobby there were dealers everywhere, but now they usually have publicly advertised retail stores only in the very large cities. Dealers in other places exist, but usually are only known to stamp collectors. They can be found on the Internet, but those aren't usually very helpful in getting a value set on stamps not already specifically identified.

    If you live in or near a larger city check for a retail store. If there is one take your stamps with you and ask for an estimate. Don't be too quick to accept an offer unless what you get for them is really not important to you. Your best bet to get an estimate of the value of your stamps would be to go to a stamp collecting friend or a friend of a friend. If you can find a stamp club that is a way to locate stamp collectors, but those are often almost hidden because collectors may have collections worth a bit of money and they don't want to advertise it.

    I found the following reference on the Internet, which may helpful:

    Directory of stamp clubs | New Zealand Post Stamps
  13. Oh thanks!
    I don't really know anybody else that collects stamps.
    Oh I did know one guy as stayed at his place once and sorted his library, he had stamp collections and said that he didn't collect anymore as not worth anything, and said he was gonna chuck them out, but I think they must be worth at least something. He had the special edition albums that the NZ post put out.
    But he lives in another town so can't just go and see him...He had a personal library full of books about printing and art, and made home made books which get exhibited.
  14. I have been glad to help. Hopefully, something good [remembering that God alone is good] will come out of it.
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  15. I always liked the part in the bible where He says he has each of us written in His book.
    So I imagine heaven to have a HUGE library with all our stories in it.

  16. It is hard to imagine because in that heaven of which you speak there will be nothing evil. My story has too much evil in it. If I make it, God will have done away with all of that evil. It will be forgotten. How can we really accurately imagine that before it is all gone from us?
  17. ? I think our sins will be forgotten and removed as far is east is from west as we are forgiven. our story is the testimony of what Jesus does in our lives and how God has redeemed us, or do you not think we are redeemed?
  18. I agree and believe that Jesus has provide redemption, but my point was that until the memory of our sin have all been removed from our minds and hearts, how clear is our vision? We must have a vision or perish (Prov 29:18), but the vision is presently impaired or seen through a "glass darkly" (I Cor 13:12)
  19. Well, I believe in heaven our stories are recorded from God's and the angels point of view. So He can see all things clearly where we can't as we aren't necessarily reliable narrators of our own life. But if we being honest we can't hide anything from God.
  20. I believe what the Bible says and it certainly speaks of heaven.

    No, we cannot hide anything from Him.

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