I woke up last night with the analogy of shuffling the deck.
My store is like a 52 card deck, of which I only show 5 cards at a time. Of course, I want to show the best 5 cards, so the analogy isn't exact; but I have a huge range of material, and the possible combination of product I can show face out is nearly endless.
I'm constantly surprised by the quality of backstock I have. I can pull a book out at random, and it has a Wow cover; a great title; a neat idea. And it's lost at the bottom of the deck.
There can be a serendipity in the combination, as well. Unseen connections.
The store is constantly morphing, of course. A very slow shuffle. I need to make room so I have to move stuff, or a hole develops, and I fill it with previously unseen product, and so on.
So I just need to keep doing that, and maybe try a little harder to flip product around in creative ways.
I'll probably want to leave about half the books that are currently face out, because they are proven sellers. But I think I'll try to change the other half every week, probably on a Thursday.
It probably won't have a huge effect -- to tourists, it's all new. The regulars probably rarely glance at areas of the store they aren't used to. But it's worth a try.
I'm Duncan McGeary, owner and/or operator for the last 33 years of Pegasus Books in Downtown Bend, Oregon. These days I'm writing books as well as selling them.
I'm the comic book guy. But even more so, I'm a book book guy. Books of all kinds. Big books and little books, children's and adult, fiction and non-fiction, hardback and paperback and trade paperback and graphic novels. Books with more words than pictures and books with more pictures than words. They are all part of the book world to me, and I love being surrounded by them every day.
I also have a second blog: Pegasus Books, where I list the product coming in over the next week.