A Book Shop in Dunedin, Florida

In Dunedin, Florida (on the Gulf Coast, north of Tampa) we found a charming shop called Back in the Day Books.  We just missed meeting the owner, Boe Rushing, a lawyer-turned-bookstore-owner, who is a native of Clearwater, Florida.

Back In The Day Books, Dunedin, Florida

Back In The Day Books, 716 Broadway, Dunedin, Florida

In 2o13 he moved this bookstore from Tarpon Springs, FL to Dunedin.  Sadly, it is now closing, and a good sale was running to close out the inventory.   Here are some interior shots of the store.

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We found some very nice books at Back in the Day, including some of the scarcer Modern Library titles in fine condition.

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The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway (Modern Library Edition)

And there were also a few decorated American trade bindings…

My Lady Nobody, by Maarten Maartens (Harper & Brothers, 1895)

My Lady Nobody, by Maarten Maartens (Harper & Brothers, 1895)

The store was nicely laid out, well organized, and had interesting titles in wide range of genres.  We purchased a large box of books.  Here I am with Jim, who was running the store while we shopped…

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We continued south to Venice, Florida to have dinner on the beach at Sharky’s on the Pier.   After a long and hard winter in upstate New York, we couldn’t wait to wiggle our toes in the sand!!

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Stay with us as we go next to book sales in both Cape Coral and Gainesville, both in upcoming posts (with many more book shops to come).

 

 

 

 

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A Second Day in Boston – and Heading Home with Beautiful Books

We went back underground this morning on the Boston subway…the oldest subway in America.

underground at Park Street

There was some construction and remodeling of the Visitor’s Center going on at the Commons…but it was still beautiful and the sun was shining…

Boston Commons

The old Massachusetts State House from Boston Commons

We walked over to 9 West Street to Brattle Book Shop, owned by Ken Gloss. Originally founded in the Cornhill section of Boston in 1825, the Brattle Book Shop is one of the oldest and largest antiquarian book shops in the country.

Look up - the sign for Brattle Book Shop

They are perhaps most famous for their outdoor sales lot.  Last time we were in Boston it was pouring rain, and the lot was closed.  Today luck was with us!

Outdoor sales lot - offering all kinds of books in the $1 to $5 range

There are three floors in Brattle Book Shop, the top floor housing the rare book collection.  We found a few “sleepers” in the sales lot after combing it carefully, and purchased two books from the third  floor rare book room.

We paused for lunch next door at Max & Dylans (good food – great Bloody Marys!)

Book hunting can make you very dry...here's Ron, quenching his thirst!

Then it was back onto the subway for a trip on the C Train to the Boston Book Annex (906 Beacon Street).

Boston Book Annex

The Book Annex has approximately 100,000 volumes in stock in all categories.  We always find books we are happy with here.  On this visit they had a strong selection of Modern Library Editions in nice clean condition, which made us happy.  You can find almost anything here…travel, philosophy, religion, fiction, literary criticism, military history and more.

Interior of Boston Book Annex

Westfield, head honcho and book store cat!

We hiked back to the hotel a half mile up the street, book bags in tow.  Saw lots of pretty flowers along the way…

Then we checked out of the hotel and drove west to Albany, New York

Sunset near Albany

…where we are spending the night.  Tomorrow we are homeward bound!  We have done lots of driving and walking (especially in New York and Boston — worn out our shoes, I think).  We’ve ridden subways and hailed cabs, slept in lots of hotels, snapped tons of photos, met wonderful people, gathered beautiful books, and stayed up really late finishing this blog each night.

Look for a summary of our book hunting journey in the coming week!

New Hampshire Book Trail

From South Deerfield, MA we traveled up I-91 to Rte. 9 Northeast to the beautiful town of Keene, New Hampshire.  The green forested hills and rushing streams made for a beautiful trip.  Our first stop was Eagle Books, a charming and long-established book shop in Keene owned by Sylvia Felix.

Eagle Books - 19 West Street, Keene, New Hampshire

Sylvia was so pleasant and helpful — she even went digging in her storage area for a title we were seeking, and produced just what we were after.  Now that’s a book seller!

Sylvia Felix of Eagle Books

Eagle Books

We paused in Keene for lunch at The Stage restaurant on the beautiful town square.  Then we moved on up Rte. 9  to Old #6 Book Depot (166 Depot Hill Rd, Henniker, NH) owned by Ian & Helen Morrison.

Cathy outside Old #6 Book Depot

Books are shelved from floor to ceiling here in narrow aisles, very well organized and broken down into very specific subject areas.  Just about all subjects are covered!  Two floors of books, some in stacks on the floor, so plenty of time needed here for browsers.

Old #6 Book Depot

Helen Morrison of Old Number Six Book Depot with Cathy

The area around Henniker, NH has quite a few used book shops.  Because it was nearing closing time, we couldn’t hit them all.  But we did just make it to Books by the Lake, where owner Carol Cullinan was kind enough to give us a little extra time to browse…

Carol Cullinan of "Books By The Lake," 2847 State Route 114, Bradford, NH

Books By The Lake

The lake is Lake Massasecum.  The shop has two floors of books covering most genres, with a good children’s section and fairly large equine section for a shop of this size.

We found several books at each stop in New Hampshire today.  Here’s a photo with a sampling from our booty:

Books from New Hampshire

We stopped for the evening in Concord, New Hampshire.  We had a very nice dinner at a new restaurant called  “O’s” in Concord and a great room nearby at the Hampton Inn.

Today we’ll head toward Boston!

Plan a Book Scouting Road Trip

The wind is howling, we’re snowed in, and it’s a great day to begin planning this year’s book scouting road trip!    This is when I get out the maps and book scouting guides.   Finding open antiquarian book shops in distant cities and off-the beaten-track locations can be a challenge, but planning the search is part of the fun.   Book scouting is travel with a purpose, and makes a road trip so much more fun and interesting, because you have a goal — and you meet such interesting people!

We always consult The Used Book Lover’s Guide for the region we are exploring.   These are in-depth guides to used book dealers in six regions of the United States and Canada with helpful information on location, hours, contact information, and the types of books you can expect to find at each location with comments about the store.   They also contain state and city maps with shop locations which help you plan your route.   Published by Book Hunter Press, these guides are published in book form and are also available as an on-line subscription.

Used Book Lover's Guides (Book Hunter Press)

We’ve utilized these guides in exploring New England, the mid-Atlantic region and the Midwest, and we’ve always found them to be very helpful.   I would caution that it is  wise to phone ahead when visiting used & rare book shops you’ve found listed in any guide;  it happens that they change their hours or go out of business at the drop of a hat, and much time can be lost if you drive miles to a location and find they are closed or no longer in existence. The on-line version of the guides has the advantage of being more up-to-date as it is more quickly revised.

These are just a starting point.   Each state or region generally has it’s own association of antiquarian booksellers, and most of them publish membership guides which list the location and hours of member booksellers.  These can usually be picked up at antiquarian book shops in each area you explore.  Most of them also list their member book shops online, so before planning a trip  you can Google with keywords, for example…  antiquarian books Rochester NY …  or any other city or state, and you should get results which include any antiquarian bookseller associations for that area.   You will also get results that include individual sellers and yellow page type listings, which can be helpful as well.   We usually do this when we have reached an area to explore, so we are aware of most of the possibilities in a given area before beginning our day of scouting.

Regional bookseller guides

The ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America) publishes a guide to their members across the United States, and their membership is also listed by region on the web.

The Sunday Driver Directories can also be helpful.  These are fold-out map guides that list antique dealers, and some antiquarian book dealers, state by state.  Most of the antique dealers who carry books mention it in their advertising square in the guide, although any one of them might have books as part of their inventory.

I also check www.booksalefinder.com regularly so that we don’t miss an interesting book sale  in a  region we are visiting.

But what about the shops that aren’t listed anywhere?  These are often some of the best discoveries, and they do exist.   They are found by talking with the people you meet as you travel.   Booksellers with open shops are generally willing to guide you to other sellers in their area, sometimes in obscure locations.  If you are buying in quantity, shop owners sometimes have books stored off-site which they’ll give you access to if you are a serious buyer.  But you’ll never know unless you introduce yourself, strike up a conversation, and talk about your book interests.   Booksellers can often give you other helpful information as well — such as where to find good food and lodging in their region.

It’s always important to keep your eyes open for serendipitous occurences — a sign by the side of the road, a library sale in a small town, an estate sale you stumble across.  We once stopped in a pub for lunch and soon had several people interested in selling books to us just by talking about our book selling life; we ended up being invited to a fellow’s  home where we bought a dozen books.

When we travel we have a general route in mind, but we never plan anything in stone, never make reservations for food and lodging.   It’s tremendously freeing to be able to spend extra time  in one area if you like it and it’s panning out for you, or to explore an area that wasn’t originally in your plans when someone along the way recommends it.

We especially enjoy the New England states, because there are lots of books in cities like Portland and Boston, and in the many charming towns and villages.   We try to travel there just ahead of the summer vacationers but when the weather is pleasantly warm…late May or early June.   Traffic is less of a problem and lodging is more reasonable.  But books are everywhere, and sometimes just a few miles or a day trip away.  Each region of our country offers plenty of opportunities to search for great book finds if you know how to sniff them out!

Midwest Book Scouting Trip – The Summing Up

I’ve had a little time to reflect on our recent book scouting trip, and here are some of my thoughts, for what they are worth:

Every year since 2001 we have made a book-scouting sojourn through several states; this year it was through seven Midwestern states including Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, and a corner of Pennsylvania.   We have seen some changes.  Open Used & Rare, Antiquarian book shops are becoming fewer in number.  Many of the shops we have visited in the past are history.   The ones that have survived have done so through sheer determination and love of the trade, plus they have a lot to offer either through sheer volume, lots of hard-to-find older titles in good condition, unique ambiance, or a combination of these.   Location doesn’t seem that important.  We have visited successful shops in remote areas that have good traffic and have been around for 20 years (e.g., Birch Bark Books outside of Potsdam, NY) and those in large cities like New York, Chicago, Buffalo or Detroit.   The trouble with large cities is that overhead becomes a big problem, where high rent, utilities and taxes take a huge toll.  Other problems include people pawing over your fine books who may not handle them carefully, theft, crime, lack of parking space.  This is one of the reasons we at Old Scrolls Book Shop have chosen to remain a country book shop – it helps us survive!  But cities need these book shops; they add to the vitality of the community and they are so much more interesting than “big box” stores or retail chains, and really a great and unique draw for an urban area.   Support these shops if you want to see them stick around!

Every shop we visited had something different to offer.  Out of all the great shops we visited, our top 3 favorite shops on this trip were:

1.  John K. King Books, Detroit, Michigan – vast number of out-of-print books at more than fair prices, excellent rare book room, great customer service, cool old elevator, lots to look at…paintings, posters and artifacts, sculpture, meteorite, animals, you name it; this place has character, and wonderful people running it.

John King and his knowledgeable assistant, Debbie with Ron at John K. King Books, Detroit, MI

2.  Hyde Brothers Books, Fort Wayne, Indiana – Oodles of out of print books, great mystery section downstairs, rolling ladders, hard-to-find titles, reasonable prices, books are in good condition, great people.

Cathy behind the counter with owner Sam Hyde and his Assistant at Hyde Brothers Books

3.  Bookworks (Inside Avol’s Book Store) Madison, Wisconsin – lots of bang per square inch.  We found so many books we were looking for here…titles and authors that are difficult to find…Aldo Leopold, Freya Stark, M. F. K. Fisher, to name a few.   For it’s size,  very competitive and one of the best.

Avol’s Bookstore / Bookworks – Madison, WI

Visiting other book shops lends inspiration and ideas on how to arrange and display stock, how prices and quality compare from shop to shop and to those in our own shop.  We see titles we haven’t ever seen before, and familiarize ourselves with what’s available out there that we may not be carrying.   Best of all, we get to meet other book sellers and talk with them face to face, and learn how they are coping with changes in the trade.  We, as book sellers, are an interesting lot; independent, atypical, and usually a bit eccentric, which makes every used & rare book shop a real unique experience.  Most of the best antiquarian book sellers are older, and my question is this:  Will a younger generation take over this trade, or will it dwindle away?

We always learn a bit about traveling as we go, and this year more than ever, we learned it pays to seek out historical hotels if there are any on your route.  The prices were very reasonable (mid-week, no reservation, just pop in and ask for their best rate).  The service and the rooms and surroundings at these hotels were completely restoring in nature for road-weary travelers—and believe me, after looking and hundreds of thousands of titles each day, navigating and driving in unfamiliar cities, one becomes road-weary.  The chain hotels we stayed in such as Holiday Inn Express or Comfort Inn were just as expensive (sometimes more), often with less than satisfactory facilities and service.   The two exceptions to this chain rule were The Hyatt Regency in Buffalo (it’s in an exquisite historic building) and the new Doubletree Inn in Detroit (also in a completely restored old building), where the service and facilities were outstanding.

Is it advisable for a used & rare bookseller to travel about the country in search of fresh book inventory and fulfilling wants of customers?  If your emphasis is on “used,”  paperbacks, or recent titles,  probably not.  If your emphasis is on antiquarian, collectible, rare…we think it is, and so we make a two-week book scouting circuit once a year, in addition to some weekend sojourns.   Although we make  “house calls” in our own territory when people contact us with books to sell, and books are brought into the store, most of the books are not of the type we are seeking; most of them are newer, best-seller type books or book club editions, or old but lacking in condition or interest.   The quality of books offered at F.O.L. or Friends of the Library book sales have become noticeably worse over the years, partly because libraries are trying to survive too, and are cherry-picking the best of the donated books and selling them on-line.   Estate sales offering high quality books are infrequent, at least in our area.

Booksellers have traditionally purchased books from each other.  The first hour before the opening of an Antiquarian Book Fair is usually an enthusiastic exchange of money and inventory between sellers.  Some of the most historically successful antiquarian booksellers made trips at home and abroad on a regular basis to secure good stock.   Every antiquarian book shop is unique (you learn this by visiting them!).   The stock reflects the personality and interests of the owner and there are different areas of focus in different shops.  So when I go searching for excellent literature at a shop that specializes in scholarly titles, I can usually find some bargains on literature, as one example.   If I shop at a huge long established shop that has been around for 40 years, I can usually find some sleepers—nobody has time to keep up with the trends and prices on hundreds of thousands of titles in hundreds of genres, with little time to dust let alone reprice older stock.  Dusty books can be found with dusty prices; and dust can be swept away.  Most of your business travel expenses are a legitimate tax deduction, and most book dealers offer reciprocal dealer-to-dealer discounts if you are buying a quantity of books (you must have a legitimate tax number and in some cases, an open shop).   The rest is up to you– you need to bring knowledge with you as you select books of value that you are confident you can re-sell at a higher price.  By this I mean in-your-head knowledge from your experience as a book seller, not a scanner!

I feel is important to get out of the shop from time to time, so you can see your own business in a new way, and return with new ideas and a better appreciation for your own operation.

Here are some things I believe have contributed to our book store business success:

  • Having fresh, interesting  inventory.  If people come in and see the same old books on the shelves or on-line month after month, year after year, they will lose interest in visiting the shop.  If there are always intriguing titles being added, they will return.   Actively seeking out great books and constantly improving the inventory in your shop reaps benefits.
  • Knowing, and caring about, your customers.  Every store, on-line and/or bricks and mortar, will develop a different type of clientele, and clientele will develop based on what kind of books you carry.  It’s important to pay attention to what is selling profitably, and what is not selling profitably in your store.  It is even more important to find stock to suit your best regular customers.  If you have a couple of Modern Library completionists frequenting your shop, you want to be searching for the best Modern Library Editions you can offer.   If a regular customer collects decorated American Trade Bindings, you want to be scouting for them.  You can learn a great deal from your customers.
  • It’s all about the books.  No matter what your location, if you have books of interest and quality which people can’t find easily elsewhere in great condition, customers will find you and beat a path to your door.
  • Condition, condition, condition.  Don’t even bother with books that have missing front free endpapers, ratty covers, ex-library markings, broken bindings, even if they are being given away.   Become known for having the best condition available.
  • Seek out the unusual.  Common books can be purchased anywhere.  Finding interesting, scarce titles is a challenge, but it helps make your store and its offerings unique.
  • Observe, absorb, read, inquire.  Never stop learning!

Thanks to each and every book seller we visited across the Midwest for making our journey pleasant and successful.

Midwest Book Scouting Trip – Last Stop – Cleveland, Ohio

Never let it be said that book sellers are stuffy old blokes who sit on a stool behind a counter with their eyeglasses sliding down their nose.  Sometimes we like to take a walk on the wild side!  Last night I had two martinis at John Q’s and later rode a mechanical bull (21 seconds!) at The Cadillac Ranch in downtown Cleveland  before returning to the hotel to work on this BLOG until 2:00 a.m.  Ron is the one who talked me into this bit of excitement, and he had his turn on the bull himself.

Cathy on the bull
Cathy and the Bull
The room is spinning!
Ron vs the Bull
Cowboy Ron cuttin’ loose

John Q’s is a very nice restaurant and bar a few blocks from the Hyatt, where Ron and I had cocktails in a cozy booth with velvet drapes (like sitting on an old train!).  Very romantic.  They also had an outdoor patio where we enjoyed the beautiful evening and great conversation with staff and locals.  How we got from that to bull riding down the street is beyond me…ask Ron!

Cathy with the wonderful waitresses at John Q’s — Thanks Camille and Yolanda for making our evening fun!

We stayed at the historic Hyatt Regency in Cleveland, a gorgeous turn of the century building with an indoor arcade featuring restaurants and shops, rising four stories to an atrium ceiling, and lovely old brass railings around each level of the walkways.  Our room was $119 and included a full breakfast at their restaurant (anything off their menu, which was excellent food, beautifully served).  All of the service at this hotel was top notch.

Hyatt Regency – Downtown Cleveland, Ohio

We were greeted at the door by John, the singing doorman.  He was delightful and got our Cleveland stay off on the right foot.

John, who greeted us with song and poetry

Cathy in the Atrium (do I look dressed for bull riding??)

Atrium inside the Hyatt Regency, Cleveland
Cleveland Public Library – Cleveland, Ohio
marble staircases inside the library

Cleveland Public Library - interior

Our room was lovely, with 14-foot ceilings, beautifully appointed, and had huge windows looking out at the beautiful Cleveland Public Library directly across the street.   I must confess I have skirted the edges of Cleveland many times on the interstate, but have never explored the downtown area.  Both Ron and I were awed by the beautiful architecture, parks, statues, fountains and friendly fun people.

fountain in the Reading Garden, next to the library

Plaque explaining art installation "Watership Down" in Reading Garden

Notice the “sinking houses” depicting foreclosures and loss of homes

Cleveland by night and day:

  • Goodyear Blimp to left of building
  • Two big things were going on in Cleveland.  One, everyone in town was either furiously angry or in mourning over the announcement by Lebron James that he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to be an NBA player for Miami.  The town was in a bit of an uproar, as they had been such loyal supporters of LeBron and felt that he had made a selfish and foolish decision.  I can’t imagine that he will ever be welcome there again.  The other thing going on was the Tall Ships Festival in the Port of Cleveland, and we strolled down to the water ourselves to take a look on Saturday morning. We also hiked over to the Old Erie Street Bookstore, only to learn that it was closed — and that the owner is now selling books only on-line.

    Old Erie Street Book Store

    We checked out of the hotel, retrieved our vehicle, and drove out to Loganberry Books at 13015 Larchmere Boulevard in Cleveland.   Tomorrow I will update you on our book hunting visit at Loganberry, and the closing day of our two-week book scouting journey.

    Midwest Book Scouting Trip – Malabar Farm, Mansfield, Ohio

    What a trip!  This morning I went for a swim (heavenly) before we set out on our two-hour plus drive to Mansfield, Ohio to Malabar Farm, the beautiful  rural home and working farm of Pulitzer Prize winning author Louis Bromfield (1896-1956), which is an Ohio State Park.  Louis Bromfield is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I have managed to collect nearly everything he has written.  He wrote awesome novels, but even more important, he is the father of the organic sustainable  farming movement and was way ahead of the curve on what today’s generation calls “green” living, and author of excellent essays on what America could and should be.  You can read his ideas in his books — New Patterns for A Tired World, From My Experience, and Out of the Earth.  His writings are timeless.

    At Malabar Farm we re-united with Mark Jordan, prize-winning playwright who was our extraordinary personal tour guide back in 2005 when I wrote a two-part article for Bookthink on Malabar Farm and author Louis Bromfield.

    Mark Jordan, friend, Playwright, and Manager of Malabar Farm International Youth Hostel

    Mark is now managing the International Youth Hostel at Malabar Farm, and writing and producing plays, and he is also a published poet.  His play, “Louie” will premiere in October at Malabar Farm in Mansfield.  Read about it here.

    Poster photographed in Mansfield, OH bank – for upcoming play “Louie”

    The "Big House" at Malabar Farm - Louis Bromfield's home

    Ron and Mark Jordan outside Malabar Farm Restaurant - fresh locally grown food, culinary delights!

    When we arrived in Mansfield, Ohio, we spent some time trying to track down Little Journey Book Shop, which used to be located on Main Street in Mansfield, and specialized to some extent in books by Louis Bromfield.  The old storefront was empty, so we talked with the helpful parking lot attendant (Lester) and an officer in the local bank, and learned that the book shop had moved to an in-home location in another area of town.  We found it, but the proprietor was not at home.  We left him our card.  The good news is, he was located directly across from an historical home which Louis Bromfield  referred to many times in his novel as ” Shane’s Castle”.   Here are photos:

    “Shane’s Castle” or Oak Hill Cottage, which Louis Bromfield described in novels — it is a place he visited frequently as a child
    Historical Marker for Oak Hill Cottage (Shane’s Castle) – click to enlarge

    We love Malabar Farm, and all of Louis Bromfield’s writings, both fiction and non-fiction.  Malabar Farm is the culmination of his life, and a beautiful, enlightening place to visit.  I believe that our book store, Old Scrolls Book Shop,  now carries the largest selection of out-of-print books by and about Louis Bromfield available for purchase.

    Today, which is the second-to-the-last day of our two week book scouting journey, was so full of adventure and wonderful experiences that I can’t possibly reveal them all in tonight’s blog entry.  This evening we have spent an incredible night in Cleveland, Ohio, and it has absolutely blown me away.  Please tune in to my next blog entry (hopefully tomorrow if I haven’t dropped over from exhaustion!) when I will tell you about our extraordinary stay in this great American city!  Cleveland ROCKS!

    The end of the purple knife skirmish!

    Ron was up to his eyeballs in books that needed to be shipped last Friday (‘tis the season!) when someone called the shop with a book repair request.   He said he would need to examine the book to give her a price, and asked what day she was planning to bring the book to the shop.   “I’ll be there in half-an hour,”  she said.  Meanwhile, Ron dashed out to help our Mennonite neighbor off-load a few cords of firewood for our woodstove.  Thirty minutes later, the lady with the distressed book called him again.   She was lost.  After giving her further detailed instructions to enhance her Mapquest info,  it wasn’t long before she called a third time, saying she had arrived back where she started.   Ron patiently guided her back toward the shop, asked her what she was driving, and assured her he would stand by the shoulder of the road to wave her down.

    Sure enough, the nice lady named Debbie finally pulled in, bringing  a cloth-bound book which contained the signatures of members and pastors of a local church since its formation  in 1941.  It was faded and worn, with torn cloth at the spine ready to fall off, loose pages and numerous cracks to the binding.  The catch was that she refused to leave the book for repair, but insisted that she wait for the repair to be completed the same day.   Ron was hesitant to dive into an unscheduled book repair, but rather than send someone away disappointed, he agreed to make time to do the work.

    He finished preparing our books for shipment, and she patiently watched and listened while Ron completed an eight-step, five hour book repair.   I say listened, because Ron can get pretty talkative on the subject of books if someone hangs around long enough.  (It can get lonely in a book shop, and a good bookman doesn’t like to bother book browsers;  a person waiting for glue to dry, on the other hand,  is always fair game).   Anyway, when I came home, the book was clamped, but Ron’s jaw was not, and we all had a good time chatting.  I was going on with dinner preparations in the kitchen, but in order to peel potatoes, I simply had to have my little purple-handled knife which was nowhere to be found in the kitchen area.

    This little “Ginzo” knife ping-pongs back and forth between the book repair table and the kitchen sink all the time because it is the best tool going for book mending, and also unrivaled for paring potatoes or apples.  It has a very slender blade that can slide into narrow crevices, coax its way under old labels, peel away glue, and do just about anything of that sort better that any tool we’ve come across.   The rivalry between Ron and me for possession of this knife did not go unnoticed.   Through artful sharing, I did get the potatoes peeled, and Ron completed the book repair.   Debbie left happy with a nicely refurbished book, and that (I thought) was the end of that.

    Saturday, however, while out on an errand we received a cell phone call from the local Florist saying they were leaving a delivery at our front porch entryway.   When we returned, I unwrapped a lovely floral Christmas centerpiece, which had a small flat package tied to the central candle.   Guess what it was?   Unfortunately, this ends the enjoyable age-long  tussle over the lone Ginzo knife.   On the other hand, the purple handled knife can now be permanently stationed at the book repair table,  and I have a brand new paring knife for the kitchen!  A nice note was included, thanking Ron for fitting the church’s book repair into his busy schedule.

    We’d just like to say THANK YOU, to all our fine customers who have found their way to our door or website throughout the years.  We do meet the nicest people!

    P.S.  – Someday I’ll tell you about the year Ron and I took up fencing, and I do mean the kind that involves swordplay…

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