2015 refelction

It is hard to believe that we opened the doors here at our new location on this weekend in 2010. I get pretty emotional (and kind of difficult to be around) when I start thinking about this too much. It just overwhelms me that we are here and growing. Of course, when you are in the middle of something it is hard to get any perspective. My friend Jill reminded me that “the days creep and the years fly” when I commented on how stunned I was at her children growing up. She’s so right. Everyday I come in and sort of flit from one crisis to the next and try to work my way down the “to do” list, chipping away at the bigger projects. This has been “The Year of Infrastructure”: we got our sinks installed, added coffee back to the menu, Jock built and installed the front window display, and finally- after five years of creeping progress – we passed our final inspection from the county for the second floor apartment space. But, of course, we are still not unpacked from the move. I have started to think we probably never will be. But a good used book store shouldn’t be too organized, too picked up, too perfect. Half the fun is the discovery and good natured chaos. Instead of getting flustered that things aren’t finished and perfect, I need to remember that. Because making the store immaculate means that we aren’t focusing on the important part: people, books, and ideas. Every time you walk in the door to talk about an idea that has you excited and then we find the book you’ve been looking for – and in the process both of us get even more excited about the thing you are talking about – that’s when we are fulfilling our mission.
When you think about it, what I just described is the most perfect job in the world, isn’t it?
Thank you for making this possible every day. Thank you for walking in the door with something exciting to talk about. Thank you for choosing us instead of an anonymous online experience or a harried big box store. We value you and appreciate you more than you will ever know. I’m not behind the desk as much as I used to be because I have been busy painting on the second floor and trying to get caught up on writing deadlines. But when I do get a chance to be there, you remind me how lucky I am to do this (and to have a second floor project to work on painting). When we started searching for a new building I kept saying I was looking for our home for the next 50 years. Thanks for giving us this five. I hope you will give us the next 45, too.

Gwenyfar

  1. A Wilmington Institution since 1982
  2. Buying Old Books: The ultimate Recycling
  3. Best African American Literature Selection in Town
  4. Extensive Foreign Language Section: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Chinese
  5. The ONLY bookstore in town to deliver!
  6. Paperback Classics at affordable prices (Great for English classes!)
  7. Incredible Judaica Section
  8. Largest selection of scripts and Theatre/Film books in Town
  9. Where else are you going to find a first edition for under $10?
  10. Bibliophiles rock!