Karen brown recently started selling vintage books on Etsy, where her shop is named “RetroFirsts.” Her main focus is something near and dear to my heart, vintage first editions. Over a span of three months, her shop has evolved from selling somewhat ordinary first editions – with a few select gems interspersed – to some really fantastic science fiction books.
How did your collection start? What was the first item in your collection?
I suppose the first item that really ignited something within is one I suppose every novice collector is drawn to: the Ace Double. I have only one D-series, and several F- and M-series.
Do you have a favorite item in your collection?
Poul Anderson “The Time Patrol” hardcover, which I’ve yet to delve into. Oh, and two Isaac Asimov boxed sets. I love those boxes. In fact, I have a super nice Tolkien box listed in my Etsy shop. The books for it are missing, but I figured someone would like it, to replace their existing worn and torn box.
How do you store/display your collection?
The hardcovers have their own shelves. The paperbacks are in protective sleeves and are separated into nice new envelope boxes. I lay them flat. I don’t know why. These boxes are stored in my closet.
Is there a “holy grail” item that you would love to add to your collection?
Being a newbie, I don’t even know where the path is that tunnels through the mountain of granite on the way to the Holy Grail.
Do you have any advice for new collectors who are just starting a collection?
Empty your mind, let yourself be drawn in. Go with whatever ignites that smoldering ember.
Karen also has some non-vintage books (newer than 20 years old) listed on Alibris.
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