A guy brought in a copy of a book of poems about mushrooms his son had edited. I started reading some of them aloud.
Amazing how much sexual imagery they can come up with using fungi.
Disgustin', I tell ya.
Was looking at the covers of my Star Wars Insider and Star Trek Magazines.
Just how many promo shots did they take back then, anyway? Did they know they were going to be a undying franchise? Do all movies get that many promo photo's?
Or have they just been photoshopping actual film footage?
Milk it, baby.
Had a young family in, and they asked, "Who wrote Robin Hood?"
Ummmm.....Like King Arthur, the answer is -- no one and everyone.
I suppose if I had the Howard Pyle version of Robin Hood, I'd turn them on to that.
St. Charles turns a profit?
Great. If you don't mind 13% increase in charges and 100 employees affected by cut hours. More expensive and less service. (I lost two long term customers to those cuts....)
But, hey, they turned a profit.
Mt. Bachelor had 10% more skier visits; though reading the article, it seems due to a longer season and a more consistent snow level.
But, hey, they had an increase.
I wasn't involved in the stock market during the crash of '08. But this 10% correction that has just occurred has given me a taste of what it must have felt like. Hard to imagine watching your life savings drop by half...
That must have been agonizing.
At the same time, like the falling housing prices, it doesn't feel altogether real. The day to day keeps coming along day to day.
I realize the trials and tribulations of daily retail probably don't interest most of you, but it's what I do, right?
So after long thought and wishy washy back and forth and then more ruminations and more thought and changing my mind again and then-- as the July ordering period rapidly approaches and wanting a clean slate by paying off all my credit lines -- I arrived at a budget that I thought I could live with. Generous enough to do the job and keep me interested, but lean enough to turn a profit if I was disciplined.
Whew. Glad to finally fix on it.
Woke up the next morning, and DC has the biggest SALE! of the year.
Got to work, and had just about the slowest 3 days in a row in a long while.
Actually, those two events were probably synchronicity.
I'm pretending the SALE! doesn't exist. (Why is it shouting at me?) I'm going yet another week without reorders, which will be the fourth week, I believe. 4 weeks is about as long as I can go without going crazy reordering, and, thus, slow business is a good thing!
Or something like that.
I've been winnowing down my anime and manga selection for a couple of years now. Very patient about it. Over the last month or so, I've started selling the manga 3/10.00 and the anime for 10.00 each, which means I'm taking a loss on them. But at least I'll be able to write them down on my inventory.
Sometime this summer, I'm going to transition two bookshelves from manga to genre paperbacks, probably science fiction and fantasy.
I've been winnowing down non-sports and older sports cards for over a decade now. Stuff I thought would never sale has slowly trickled out the door. Again, I'm hoping by the end of the year to be able to consolidate into one display case.
I was moving toys around, and found about four of them that had the discolored yellow look from being ancient -- four, out of probably thousands. I'm hoping to clear away a couple of shelves worth of toys over the next year, and turn them over to new books.
Altogether, I'm hoping to be able to add about 5 more bookcases for new books by the end of the year. To go along with the twenty I already have.
Everything sells eventually, if you're patient and take the long view.
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