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Yard Sale Entrepreneurs Find Money in Books

Larry and Linda Dixon
Mike Switzer/SC Public Radio

    You’ve probably been to a yard sale before.  Maybe to find a deal or two on something you may be able to use around the house, or a book to read for the summer.  But our next guests say that there is actually a lot of money to be made as a result of yard sale shopping and in particular on those books.

Mike Switzer interviews Larry and Linda Dixon, are yard sale entrepreneurs, with an Amazon bookstore  living and working in Columbia, SC.

After almost 20 years, Mike Switzer retired from Wells Fargo Securities in 2001 as Senior Vice President/Investment Officer and Certified Portfolio Manager. In 1999, he and his wife, Maggie, purchased and operated for eight years the Baskin Robbins ice cream store on Forest Drive in Columbia. They grew the store from a bottom-tier operation in the Baskin Robbins franchise system to one in the top 5% nationwide within three years, tripling sales along the way. While operating the ice cream store, Mike and Maggie received patents for a portable ice cream sink and fold-down sneezeguard they invented and in 2002 started Magnolia Carts, an ice cream cart manufacturing company, which they sold in 2013.