Well, actually, pennies from card stores.
As ridiculous as it may sound to connect Magic and frugality, I have felt a little closer to my frugal roots during this latest round of sell-offs.
Ever since we met, Tim and I have sold off Magic cards to help finance newer ones. If you recall, we got about $1,200 for a decent chunk of Tim’s cards. We used that as part of our down payment. And yet, we still had a lot of cards sitting around.
Even just counting the old cards (ones not legal to play in our format), we had at least 7,500. Probably more. We had two 5,000-count boxes, and both were more than 3/4 full.
Luckily, one of the store owners seems to be building an inventory of older cards. (He just started last year, so his main stock is in newer ones.) And so he was willing to pay at least 1 penny for cards that most other stores didn’t want.
Ever the bargain hunter, I did compare it with another local store that also takes a lot of cards no one else will touch. Playing them off each other was kind of fun. Which may just prove how much I need to get out of the house.
But there’s something to be said for getting even 1 cent for a card no other store will accept. And it was nice to get back to the point where a difference of a couple cents is a major triumph.
It was even better when I’d occasionally trip over something that they’d pay 10 or even, gasp!, 30 cents for. I would exclaim out loud and tell Tim how much the store was foolishly willing to pay. For cards we would have been happy to get 3 cents for. (Insert evil laugh here.)
Best of all, we now have significantly fewer cards. Our main sales were to the newer store. One of the orders was over 2,000 cards; the other was nearly 3,500 cards. Another couple hundred went to the second local store.
We’ll get over $200 for them. More importantly, we now have almost no older cards weighing us down. Literally, weighing us down. I mean, we’re schlepping everything to the house.
And, of course, I’m back to feeling the importance of a few cents. Which is a huge relief!