Best of luck to you.
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I have funded my "stereo habit" by going to garage sales and estate sales buying vinyl and gear at great prices, then selling on ebay or AudioGon. Got to pick up some great music at great prices, I usually pay no more that $1 for an album and no more that $2 for a CD. If I have heard of the group or actual album I usually buy it, listen and resell.
My best year I made net $900. Not a fortune but it helps.
Jaybo, I did learn some lessons the hard way about keeping better records (an envelope stuffed with receipts does not, alas, constitue an adequate book keeping system). But Mjw55 is right, the best part of this is skimming the cream off the top and depositing it in my own collection. Just found a minty early pressing of Glenn Gould's Goldberg Variations for fifty cents.
I like your story! It seems that your booth fullfills a few needs. You get first dibs on the stuff, you make a little money, you get to enjoy your hobby and might even meet some interesting people.
However, beware of the old trap! Most people I know that turned a hobby into a business eventually quit enjoying the hobby. Keep everything in perspective and quit when it becomes a job! (unless you need a job!)
Reubent, I hear you. Actually, right after the christmas season, I started feeling a little burned out with all the buying and cleaning. But then I realized that I could just stop working and let the booth take care of itself for a while, so I did. I didn't do a dang thing for a month, and then came back with enthusiasm. Just another benefit of this kind of set up.
And that's why I posted this in the first place. Not to toot my own horn (there's not much hoarn to toot), but to share an idea that's worked out well for me and one that I thought others could use.