Coffee table books provide a great decorating accessory–lay one on a coffee table or stack them underneath an end table, both look terrific. They provide a literary, well-read sort of feeling to a room, and depending on the subject matter, can make a real statement, too.
Categories to look for include: movie stars, birds, cities, baseball, art, and your local area.
Quite plentiful at all kinds of sales, coffee table books can usually be had for a dollar or two. Resale value can vary from $8-$25 and up.
A weekly shopper at my Estate Sales sold a Marilyn coffee table book on Etsy for $24.99. Published in 1973, the book’s author, Norman Mailer (the famous playwright and divorced husband to Monroe), adored her. The book contains page after page of sumptuous black and white photos.
Old Houses (above) sold for $9.99 at a friends antique shop, Michelangelo sold for $19.99, and the Eric Sloan sold for $9.99.
Many sales have box after box (or shelf after shelf) of books for sale; it can feel extremely overwhelming. Rather than look through all of the books, focus just on the over-sized, coffee table books.