the post I wrote about visiting their shop in London last year.
I went to the annual book sale
at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Greensboro last Thursday. I always love their old
and rare book room! This year, however, the prices were higher than
usual. I heard fellow booksellers grumble, "Retail!" and I silently agreed.
The volunteer cheerfully told everyone that a professional had priced
all the books for them this year. She didn't realize that booksellers
can't buy at retail prices because we have to make a profit.
I paid too much for a signed Inglis Fletcher, but it still had
the dustjacket and I couldn't resist the vintage North Carolina historical. I had
to skip some local histories, hoping a few might still be there on bag
sale day. My surprise find turned out to be a modern Irish language book, Greenspeak. I picked it up just because I like Irish books. It turned out to be a fairly uncommon reference listing at textbook prices.
My hopes were rewarded with great deals on Saturday! I bagged some N.C. county histories and signed moderns. I picked up this little 1895 printing of Two Years Before the Mast because of the pretty binding.
Last week I also shipped my first
international sale. I've purchased from overseas, but this was the first
time I shipped a book out — to Australia! I had to fill out an online
customs form and hand-deliver it to the post office (or my carrier, who
had already left).
Do you like vintage books? Come by and visit — if you can't make it in person, browse the books by category here or stop in for a chat on Tannery Books' Facebook page.