Dad set up at the Canada Day Flea Market yesterday, and did quite well…he took books we had duplicates of. However, I still have three boxes of books to put away.
We had a cruise ship in port the other day (they’re in 2 or 3 times a week in the summer), and actually had 4 separate parties from the ship come in the store! Usually, we call any cruisers that find us “the escapees” (they were brave enough to strike out on their own and not get roped into the shore excursions). Two of the four couples even bought something. The first couple who came in were from Australia – they came a long way for a cruise. I particularly enjoyed the last couple of the afternoon – they were nice people from Brooklyn (yes, Brooklyn, New York)! The woman was the same age I am (birthdays a month apart), and just a sweetheart. Her son, who was a tall 13-year-old, sat on the floor and read a book about Spanish while her partner was in the other room looking at art books.
We had a couple of decent Internet orders this morning…here’s what we pack those in:
We’ve made some good friends among our customers over the last ten years. We have a retired Asian physics professor who comes in every once in a while, drops a box of very expensive textbooks, smiles and walks out – he refuses to take any money for them! We have sold a couple of his books for more than $200!
This plate came from a customer who thought we should have it…it was even colour-coordinated to our paint:
This little guy came from a customer who was moving to Ontario…she had some lovely art books, and presented us with this present when she came to pick up her cheque:
The best thing we get from our store is knowledge…I tell people I learn something new every day! After ten years, I’m finally getting to the point where I think I know what not to buy!I have also amassed a tremendous amount of useless facts in my head, which may come in handy if I’m ever a Jeopardy contestant. Yesterday, I had a spirited discussion about philosophy with a new customer (I knew nothing about it, but I learned about the Gorgias Dialogues from him).
Our actual 10-year anniversary is coming up in August…I’m trying to come up with an event to celebrate that would be fun, easy and cheap…any ideas would be appreciated!