Friday, June 22, 2012

What I miss (and some things I don't) about working in a bookstore

It's hard to believe that June is almost over.  The kids are out of school, and instead of enjoying the great outdoors they are raiding the malls and retail establishments everywhere.  This is the first summer in 8 years I don't have to deal with summer reading lists or displays and it made me think about what I truly miss about the environment I chose to work in up until our demise.

  • One of the main things is sharing my love of reading with customers, especially children.  It meant so much to me when I could get a young child excited for reading a new book.  
  • Seeing the new books as they came into the store.  I thoroughly enjoy our Laydown Lowdown weekly blog because it almost makes me feel like I'm still involved with the laydowns.  

  • Some of the play lists we would play and my staff's reaction to them.  Nothing beats the day I caught Rachel dancing in the aisle to I don't remember what!
  • The appreciation customers would give when they had a difficult item to find and we did it with ease.  Nothing beats the thankful customer when I sat in the kids room with her as we picked out a book on growing up for her little girl
  • The peaceful environment of the bookstore.  I don't think we have ever had anyone threaten 
  • Finally I miss my book family.  It sounds corny but by the end we truly were family.  Since I live about 40 minutes away from everyone I really don't get a chance to see my former staff especially since I have a little one.
Some funny things I don't miss...

  • The customers that constantly let their children run around like crazy wild animals.  It's like a disease!  I was in Target the other day and this family was playing tag in the mens department. AND THE PARENTS WERE CONDONING IT!!!!  
  • lazy students.  You know the ones who wait until the last minute to do their school work and then wonder why 1) you don't have the book in stock or 2) which is the shortest book.
  • People who want something for nothing.  You know who I mean, the people who even though the fine print on the coupons say 1 coupon per person per promo, still come up with 3 coupons and 3 items.
I could go on and on, but I won't.

If you have memories of a bookstore that closed around you what do you miss the most?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I miss overhearing a customer ask a bookseller for "that book about an astronaut turned vampire who joined the circus, renounced his Amish roots, then ran for president..." & the bookseller actually knows what book they're talking about!