there was a lot of frustration with U-Haul. But we’ll get to that later.
After several days of debating my decision to delve into entrepreneurship (that story will be a whole other post for a whole other day… whew), my first true point of action was finding stock for the store. But how does one even go about stocking a used bookstore? The whole notion completely blew my mind. I mean, how many books did I even need? I searched the internet for days and nights. To be exact, the night before I moved out of my apartment in Athens I stayed up until 4am surfing every nook and cranny of the net, trying and failing to find a way to stock-n-stuff a bookstore. I looked in and all around Atlanta, finally expanding to southern Georgia to no avail. I was exhausted the next day with absolutely nothing to show for it.
It’s funny how God works sometimes. At that point, I wasn’t even sure that opening a bookstore was really what I wanted or needed to be doing, but I woke up the next morning and my very first thought was, Huh. I checked all over Georgia, but I should look in Alabama, too. I got out of bed, went through my regular chain of resources, and twenty or thirty minutes into my new search, I found a lot of 8,000 books for sale in a tiny town in Alabama. That was the first of many times I’ve felt God lead me in the right direction in terms of this bookstore endeavor, and I cannot explain how grateful I am for His perfect provision in my life.
Over Memorial Weekend, I became the proud owner of those 8,000 books. God had His hand of protection over us that day, too, as it rained pretty much the entire drive there, stopped for the three or four hours that we loaded the books, and rained the entire way back. Pretty amazing, huh?
The only glitch that weekend was with U-Haul. I’d like to take this moment to promote Penske, Enterprise, and Budget because all you will get from renting with U-Haul is repeat text messages you didn’t approve, unreturned phone calls, floating gas gauges that trick you out of $60.00 worth of gas, and a regretful, “I’m sorry, there’s nothing we can do for you” when you call about their product malfunction. But I digress…
For the last four or five weeks, we’ve had 8,000 books stored in our garage. It’s been complete insanity as I sorted all 8,000 books by genre and labeled boxes, trying to be organized. For those of you who know my mother, you know that she doesn’t like anything remotely considered to be clutter; needless to say, she’s really glad that the books are now sorted and slowly moving to the shop. If all goes according to plan, she will be able to completely reclaim her garage (and sweep! She’s been dying to SWEEP!) in a week or two. =D
As of today–July 1st–the cat is out of the bag and word is spreading about Books by Design! I waited this long to tell people because I wanted to make sure that I would actually get to rent the shop space, with everything on schedule and really set to open August 7, 2010. Now I’ll be going back, reliving the journey and how it’s all taken place, so y’all don’t miss anything. Get excited… it’s been a wild ride, and I’m pretty sure it’s only going to get crazier from here!