Not everyone would understand such a thing. But I recall one conversation with a peer in which I related this story. He agreed with me that it had, indeed, been an amazing buy. Unabridged dictionaries just aren't that price.
But most people don't use physical dictionaries anymore. We rely on Word's system (though we all know it's far from infallible) or use an online source. I wanted to keep using my fat, unabridged dictionary, but having very little shelf space, it became difficult to get to it. Eventually, I even had to put things on top of it; so I stopped using it at all.
Until recently. I decided that a "dictionary table" would be nice. I was thinking just a small side table, but I was with my parents at an antique store earlier this month and what did we find? A dictionary table. It's a short table, a little under two feet, with a flat surface at a slight slant and complete with the little edge to keep books from falling off. Wow, a real book table. I admit, my dictionary probably looks quite like a family Bible, but that's okay--open books as decor (that also gets used) are so wonderfully nerdy.
I do believe the piles of books everywhere are indeed making the apartment look nerdy. Huzzah.