I had a few minutes break whilst at work yesterday so went wondering around the little town I was in. I popped into a charity shop to look for WW2 books, (well worth doing and something I do whenever I pass a charity shop), but couldn't see any.
For some reason I decided to ask if they had any military books in the back and was told I could have a look. Whilst looking through the books out back a member of staff came back from lunch and asked what I was after. I told her 'WW2 books'. This is what then happened;
'Well, an old lady has been bringing these envelopes down over the past couple of weeks, a few at a time,' said the staff member, handing me an A4 envelope. I looked inside and saw it contained 5 issues of the 'History of World War Two' by Parnell, published in 96 parts in the late 1960's.
'Those are interesting,' I said. 'Is it a complete set?'
'I think so,' said the member of staff. 'The old lady's husband collected them and he has since passed away. She has been clearing some of his stuff out and has been bringing these envelopes down. When she last came a week or so back she said that was all of them.'
I checked the envelopes and, sure enough, it was the entire set of magazines. The front of each envelope was carefully marked with the contents. Volumes 1 to 8, complete.
'How much do you want for them?' I asked, expecting a silly price.
'Oh I don't know,' Said the member of staff, 'how about £3?'
'Three ?' I asked.
'Yeah.......I don't think we'll sell them and will probably just throw them away. I'll be pleased to ge them out the way as they take up so much room.'
'Ok, I'll take them,' I said.
So there you go.
For the ENTIRE set. They are all in immaculate condition and have been stored well. There is no yellowing of the paper or tears or rips or dog earing of any of them. They are totally mint.
I am completely over the moon All I've got to do now is think of some way of binding them. Perhaps Parnell still have some binders for them ? I'll ask.
The best buy EVER !