After thirty years in business, Denver Book Fair announced that it was closing its doors last October, and now the cavernous storefront at 44 South Broadway is in final liquidation mode. Everything is for sale: books, magazines, calendars, manuals, even the fixtures are priced to move.
Dennis Bonovich, who's been running Estate Pro -- the company brought in to liquidate the store's vast inventory -- for the last 34 years, says that while he specializes in household and personal estates, he took on the Denver Book Fair because it gave him something to work with. A lot of something.
Generally, he explains, when businesses are looking to sell off physical assets, they're things office furniture -- and that's not profitable. But the Denver Book Fair's inventory was more like taking on an estate; room after room of magazines dating back to the 1920s have already brought in dozens of interested collectors.
Asked for the most interesting thing he's observed since starting this particular liquidation sale, Bonovich replies without hesitation, "all the girls buying pornography."
And boy, was there pornography to buy. The room housing stacks of Playboy, Penthouse and other seedy little knock-off rags and paperbacks was once fairly discreet; now the liquidation has pushed boxes upon boxes of issues out into plain view. (For the record, the women buy, the men linger.)
The Denver Book Fair liquidation sale is set to go on for the next three weekends -- Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- or until the inventory is gone. But with thousands of pieces of media and rooms packed to the ceiling with unique books, there's plenty to go around at very reasonable prices.
For the best selection, though, get there as soon as possible: You wouldn't want all of that pornography to get picked over by a bunch of girls.
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