Friday, June 08, 2012

GenFest 2012

The High Point Public Library has grown their annual genealogy festival, GenFest, over the past five or more years. A record 446 visitors attended last Saturday's event! Working alone at my table, I stayed busy and didn't get to browse all the other vendors this time, but I didn't mind. I did say "Hi" to a few acquaintances from around the genealogy world, including members of the Randolph County and Guilford County genealogical societies. (Look! Larry's on TV!)

I've attended every GenFest (here's 2010) except for last year, when I went to England instead, but this was my first time as a bookseller. Tannery Books had a nice corner table near the door in the Morgan Room. I was between the Old North State Detectorists club (metal detectors and historical artifacts — yes, this group gets permissions from landowners) and a paranormal investigation team (with local ghost talesicon) from Winston-Salem. Interesting neighbors!

Although sales weren't huge, I did sell a few books and gave out all my bookmarks to browsers. Maybe now people will know there's a bookshop in Archdale! Several of my sales were for books on commission — it's a good feeling to mail those checks to local authors.


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Elizabeth Saunders said...

Thank you, Meena!