What can you tell me about Read’Em Again Books?Read’Em Again Books is actually just me and my wife (I'm the big guy in the photo; the little one is a granddaughter who wanted to help catalog one afternoon). My name is Kurt Sanftleben, and my wife's name is Gail.
We first started buying and selling collectible books in 1992 as a hobby. At the time I was on active duty, serving as an Army officer at the joint command located in Norfolk, Virginia, and Gail was working as a Navy civilian at the regional Healthcare Support Office. After I retired from the military, we moved to Northern Virginia when I accepted a civilian position as a Vice President at the Marine Corps University and Gail became the Deputy Director for DoD/VA partnerships at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. Although we are both now completely retired from our day jobs--we are still selling books.
After we jumped on the eBay bandwagon in 1999, our book sales increased considerably, and we decided to open an on-line store and start selling at regional book fairs and antique shows. We now do about twelve to fifteen fairs or shows each year, primarily within the Atlantic Coast region, and Read'Em Again Books is an eBay Top-Rated Seller. Although we don't have an brick-and-mortar store, we do have a booth in an antique mall in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Read'Em Again Books is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the Independent On-Line Booksellers Association (IOBA), the Virginia Antiquarian Booksellers Association (VABA), the Washington Antiquarian Booksellers Association (WABA), the Moveable Book Society, the American Philatelic Society (APS), and the Ephemera Society of America.
We often get asked if Read’Em Again Books has a "specialty." The truth is that there really isn’t one. We buy and sell things we like. Generally that includes hard-to-find titles in children’s series, photoplays, fairy tales, illustrated books, pop-ups and movable books, scouting items, and unusual or hard to find non-fiction, especially baseball and other sports, cooking, military, and Americana. We also have trade cards, postcards, stereoviews, billheads, advertising covers, maps, prints, and other assorted ephemera available for sale. Additionally, we buy and sell some other collectibles--primarily antique children's toys and games, breweriana, and tobacciana.