So next week we begin our c. 20th Annual WINTER BOOK SALE! Many people have been emailing or calling us to ask when does it begin. It begins next Thursday Jan. 27th at 10 am and runs through Tuesday, Feb. 8th at 5:30 pm. Come on down! We don't know what all the discounts will be yet but they will range from 20-50% off and perhaps a booth at 60% off. It runs over two weekends, 13 days of deals galore! Think of birthdays, graduations and presents for other occasions.
It's a bumpy ride into the electronic age for the computer meister here at WABC. (Me!) I first want to apologize to those 158 people on our e-mailing list. You might have received 3 or 4 announcements about the upcoming book sale or none at all. We ran into a sending glitch which seems to have sent the announcement to some names after saying they couldn't. I would love to hear from any of you who DID or DIDN'T receive it, the latter to add to the mailing list the former to apologize to in "person". Use the Contact Us page on this web site. I plan to announce special sales on certain topics (ie cookery, military, childrens etc..) through out the year but likely only by email as post card mailings (we have 1200+ names on our list) get more and more expensive. So send us a note and I will collect your email. We will definitely have the glitches out by then. FYI we do not sell our list to anyone and will only announce WABC related book events. (Barbara's Spring book barn sale and the October Pioneer Valley Book Fair are among them.)
....Peter has vacuumed during this slow sunny Saturday morning and I have put an hour in downstairs on piles. I will have to live with some, alas. We read a review of our book store someone wrote on-line, and while most are kind and laudatory, this one gentleman scolded us for the untidy piles of book boxes we have in our entryway. Sorry, sir. Running a used book business as your sole source of income in this day and age doesn't leave you much time or energy for neatening.
Customers today are coming in relaxed and spending time poking around and finding interesting items. Sold a large pile of art and drawing books to a gentleman who hadn't been here in many years and said.."I could stay here for a week" or something similar. We do hear that a lot. At times I forget how large a stock we have. Today I purchased a short pile of history, American Indians and war titles. Then sold a sheaf of old Christmas Stamps and a large Tom Sawyer painting Book from the 1930's or'40's followed by more post cards, an early Martha Stewart book on Entertaining...she had longish blond hair in a flip of sorts...Letters of Emily Dickinson and one of those lovely juvenile Linneas books (she visits Monet's garden and other places). Time to price and put more books away. It is never ending! Til later! Barbara