What I really would love to do is run a bookstore. It's probably my ultimate dream for semi-retirement. First, I love reading. Second, I buy books and I like a deal. Finally, the idea of creating the ultimate reading nook of a book shop appeals to me at so many levels.
I have been to a lot of book stores, seconds and thrifts, yard sales, jumbles, and library book sales. I have even run library book sales when I was on the Board and let me tell you, I ran hella-great sales. While raising money for the library was always the reason, I also thought getting books into people's hands was equally important. To inspire a love of reading, I always set the prices very reasonably. 10 cents for romance, which you always get tons of and can never get rid of. 50 cents for mass market paperbacks and kids paperbacks. $1 for adult paperback and kids hardback. $2-3 for hardbacks. We seldom had books left to store, especially with $5 a bag final days. All said, I know how to sell dirtcheap.
But bookstores are a little different. There's the overhead and employee costs. But honestly, at my book store, I'm the only one working. I figure Friday-Sunday 11-8 and it's a work week, with perfect semi-retirement hours.
There would only be two large front windows for small displays. Too much light and the books fade. And the lighting...on the darkish side. Task lights for reading nooks, tables and the counter. Everything else, just enough the read the titles lining the well organized shelves. Oh, and SciFi Fantasy I'll have offerings to match the mystery section in size. As for new books, at most 10% of the titles would be recent offerings. The store would specialize in used books and would be priced accordingly. Wonder why I would open late at 11 on a Saturday- to hit the yard sales. Mon-Wed I would hit library book sales, seconds stires, etc.
|Old Man Hemingway and a big fish from the sea|
|Zora Neale Hurston at a book store|