Many apologies for the blogging delay. In the course of the last two or three weeks, I’ve had a lot to do: new neighbors to welcome—SHOUT OUT to the sweet ladies at New Life Fitness For Women… a birthday to celebrate—I’m now 23 years, uh young?… a new holiday to decorate for—my yard sale Halloween décor (and costume) are awesome… a Sidewalk Book Swap to plan—more on that later… and lots of reading to finish—The Hunger Games is an amazing read & ditto to The Diaper Diaries.
(Disclaimer: No. I am not pregnant, not even close. Although, a customer did read my palm—or more accurately she read the chubby, meaty hunk of flesh on the side of my palm—and declared I’m having three kids—one boy, two girls. Absolutely fascinating. But anyway, I digress. Books by Design just happened to get The Diaper Diaries as a trade-in, and it’s quite possibly the most hilarious book I’ve read in a long time. I literally laughed out loud multiple times.)
Now that we got all that cleared up, it’s time for another Business Lesson. Get excited…
…. drum roll, please…
The Books by Design Business Lesson Number Four is called, “Here’s Your Credit, You Can Keep The Poop.”
Let me start off by saying, I have wonderful customers. Ninety-nine percent of the people who trade books at Books by Design bring me beautiful, readable, barely worn books. I mean, I have customers who bring in [practically] new books sometimes—you know, if they ended up with repeats or whatnot. Bravo, good customers! You know who you are, and I thank you for your stellar participation.
However, and this is a BIG HOWEVER… On occasion, I have a Negative Nellie, Devious Dennis, or Tricky Tracie who tries to pull a fast one on me. I’d like to think I’m pretty relaxed about trade-ins. I mean, usually my only stipulations are 1) No textbooks, 2) No Reader’s Digest Condensed Versions, and 3) I’m not taking too many Danielle Steel pre-2006 right now, simply because I have a million of those already, and frankly, they aren’t selling at all. I thought it went without saying that the books need to have their cover intact, all their pages in the correct sequential order, and obviously, no poop on the pages.
You read right.
Let me tell you a little story…
Once upon a time, there was Poop. In the back of a book. Poop in the back of a Noah’s Arc children’s book. Thinking back, it almost makes sense… all those animals, two-by-two. There was bound to be a little poop in the story somewhere. I just didn’t realize it would be quite so… literally THERE.
Ack. But anyway, back to the story.
There also once was a very cute, little girl who owned a bookstore. The very cute, little girl happened upon this Noah’s Arc children’s book one day. At first, she thought it was precious. Again, all those animals marching two-by-two. But :::GASP::: when she got to the last page, there was POOP in the back of the book! This was a horrible occurrence, and it scarred the very cute, little girl bookstore owner for life. The End.
Crazy, huh? Do you see the moral of the story here? Please… Please, on behalf of the very cute, little bookstore owner, let me urge you to check your books before you bring them in to trade. You don’t have to shine them up or perfume them or anything. That’s my job. Just give them a quick glance over—Cover? Check. Pages? Check. No poop? Check. That’s all I’m asking.
With all this said, let me assure my valued customers that I personally do a thorough check of all my books before they go on the shelf to make sure they are as germ-free and poop-free as possible. If there’s poop, I throw it out as I did with the Noah’s Arc book. Otherwise, I wipe nearly every cover with antibacterial hand sanitizer (highly effective in cleaning dirt and pen or marker from covers) and leaf through the pages to clean out any debris. I mean, I might miss something occasionally, but I try my best to safe guard against anything… gross or kinky.
And okay… maybe just maybe that alleged poop was actually a melted Hershey’s kiss, but whatev. Poop makes for a better story.
Moral of the story? Check it. Please & thank you in advance.
In other news, there’s been a bit of buzz about The Sidewalk Book Swap that Books by Design is hosting November 6th. Mark your calendars, y’all. This is going to be one fun event! Here’s how this whole thing is going to go down:
We’re moving all our overflow stock out on the sidewalk—bins and bins of books similar to the ones you see in the store. We’ve just got a few too many repeats or certain authors right now, and we’re trying to turn over some stock. So like I said, bins and bins of books on the sidewalk, organized by genre like you normally see in the store. The only things we won’t have outside that we have in-store are the audio books. Other than that we’ve got you covered for mystery, romance, non-fiction, and children’s books, etc. There will be both hardcover books and paperbacks available.
Here’s you’re part—show up at Books by Design between 9am and 3pm. Bring $1.00 and five books you want to trade. The books need to have their covers, all their pages in the correct sequential order, and of course, No Poop. We’re still not trading in textbooks or Reader’s Digest Condensed versions, so leave those at home, please!
A few extra notes:
1) This is a SIDEWALK Book Swap. That means only the books on the sidewalk are available to swap on Saturday, November 6th. Currently stocked books on the Books by Design shelves are not up for grabs, er swaps—sorry! The store will be open and selectively accepting regular trade-ins for store credit that day, if you are looking to shop in-store.
2) It’s one dollar whether you swap one or five. Sorry, but no discounts if you only find one or two you want to swap. It’s still a dollar, and remember, that’s still a great deal!
3) We’d really rather not swap more than five, but if you bring in extras, it will cost an additional dollar per increment of five. That means, it’s $1.00 to swap 1 – 5 books, another dollar to swap books 6 – 10, and yet another dollar is you want to swap 11 – 15 books, and so on.
4) If you bring five to the Sidewalk Swap but find six books that just have to go home with you, books on the sidewalk will be sold for $1.00 each.
5) Play nice—no fighting over the books, please! 😉
Ugh. I hate rules, but since this is our FIRST EVER Sidewalk Book Swap, we just want to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible!
Looking forward to seeing y’all soon! =)
P.s. Check out story time! We have such a good time–every Saturday at 11:15am! Thanks for the pictures, Angel! =)