Last Friday I had the opportunity to spend the day at my favorite independent bookstore, The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn as a bookseller-f0r-a-day. This is something that I’ve been wanting to do for awhile and, since The Bookstore also had an author event on Friday evening I wanted to attend, it seemed like the perfect opportunity.
I chose Friday because it is the day that both Sue and Margie typically work – they call it Friday Funfest. Unfortunately, Margie wasn’t able to be there for much of the early part of the day after all, BUT it was really good that I was there to help Sue out, because the store was hopping, even though it was pouring outside.
The great thing about it being so busy, is that I had a great opportunity to handsell to quite a few people. Among other things, my customers left with:
It was just like blogging, but one on one and in real time, very fun!
It definitely gave me a new appreciation for my favorite booksellers, though, you really have to think on your feet based on what you customer likes and is looking for and, speaking of feet, standing all day sure isn’t easy!
I had a fantastic time at The Bookstore, thanks to Sue and Margie for letting me come in and hang out with them! Bloggers who are forming relationships with indie bookstores, I definitely recommend taking a day as a bookseller if at all possible.