Woman Builds Business from Unwanted Media

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While some people build their businesses from buying into a franchise, Sandra Ashley built her SLA Enterprises banner with unwanted books. "I came across these books that people were discarding," Ashley explains. "I get bothered by people throwing things away when they could be put to use." From there, Ashley sold some books on eBay and slowly began building what would become http://www.SLAEnterprise2.biz.

I think that if I find something interesting, somebody else may find it interesting - somebody, but not everybody.

While some people build their businesses from buying into a franchise, Sandra Ashley built her SLA Enterprises banner with unwanted books. "I came across these books that people were discarding," Ashley explains. "I get bothered by people throwing things away when they could be put to use." From there, Ashley sold some books on eBay and slowly began building what would become http://www.SLAEnterprise2.biz.

"I started with eBay, but I gave that up," says Ashley. "I decided to get my own site and go from there."

Ashley's webstore carries volumes upon volumes of books, as well as rare and out-of-print vintage 78 and 33 1/3 RPM vinyl of all genres. She also has a helpful condition guide on the index page on her site to let you know what kind of product you're getting.

But the idea for Ashley is to get as many people to get something that they would cherish. "I honestly think of WWII, when they burned books. There's always somebody out there that might be interested in these books," she says.

To get an open dialogue about her found treasures, Ashley launched http://www.RythmAndPages.com, a blog that features some of the books and records that she has on her site, as well as an assortment of other topics.

"I'm hoping this will get people looking and showing interest in the books and records," Ashley says.

Though it may seem like a daunting task to any pedestrian fan of books and records, but Ashley finds the fun in digging up lost treasures. "I'm just going to keep adding books and records," she says. "There are people who collect certain authors like Zane Gray or a series like Sherlock Holmes. There are also records galore; it's incredibly interesting. I feel like I'm getting a kind of education."

Through her website and her blog, Ashley feels like she's connecting people to books and music that they would want, essentially providing something special for a fan of the written word or the musical note. "I'm an honest person who cares," Ashley explains. "I think that if I find something interesting, somebody else may find it interesting - somebody, but not everybody."

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