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- hotwine - 08-14-2001 01:44 PM

Was able to help Winecollector in his search for notes on 1964 Bordeaux by research in old wine books, especially Michael Broadbent's "The New Great Vintage Wine Book" of 1991. Picked this thing up two years ago at a used book store. The publisher's price was $40, then it was marked down by the discounter to $20, then to $10, then $4.98, and finally to $3, at which point I came along. Several similar dusty old shelf-squatters take up space around here, but they still come in handy sometimes. They're worth a look for anyone interested in old TN's at give-away prices.

- winecollector - 08-15-2001 06:10 AM

I need to find myself one of them thar' books! My sister-in-law has one from Clive Coates.... I'll have to see if i can weasle it out of her! Thanks again Hotwine!

- hotwine - 08-15-2001 07:16 AM

Glad to help, WC!

We've got a chain of stores in this area called "Half-Priced Books" that buys and sells used books across the spectrum, and I visit every few weeks, looking for gems. The last time I was there, they had maybe half a dozen copies of old Broadbents; I'll go by and check, the next time I have to go into town. If they do, I'll pick up a couple and make 'em available.

Other than used bookstores, you might watch for sales by your local library, and by charitable organizations. In San Antonio each year, sales are conducted by the local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and by some sort of auxiliary of Brandeis University, as well as by the public library system with all of its branches. A common characteristic of those sales is "bargain day" on the last day, in which customers are allowed to stuff as many books as they can into a large paper grocery bag for a flat price of $5 per bag (up from $2 only a few years ago), with no limit on the number of bags per person. Our daughter thinks nothing of driving 175 miles each way to hit the AAUW sale each year, and gleefully stuffs the trunk and back seat of her car with grocery bags of books.

- winecollector - 08-15-2001 11:33 AM

The AAUW- Are they by chance associated with WITHSTAND?

- cpurvis - 08-15-2001 12:30 PM

No more so than 'liberal' is associated w/ 'conservative' [img][/img] cp

- hotwine - 08-15-2001 12:33 PM

Not to my knowledge, WC. It's mainly a collection of little old blue-haired ladies who are associated with universties and libraries. (It's also, unfortunately, very liberal as an organization, so I don't support them beyond buying a few of their used books.)