Chapter 64 With Gratitude

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With Thanksgiving coming tomorrow, I’ve been thinking about all of the book-related things for which I am grateful. Most of these have occurred in the last twelve months.

1) That I took the chance and wrote a letter to the Bibliophile Group email list, asking how to become a bookseller. I got quite a few responses, and have always been thankful that other booksellers were willing to share their experiences (both good and bad) with me.

2) That, because of that letter, I met a mentor who is willing to spend a good deal of time helping me to learn the trade, who has helped me to learn from my mistakes, and who has cheered me on when I’ve done well.

3) That I decided to open my own antiquarian book business, Book Hunter’s Holiday.

4) That I got to work at the ABAA book fair in San Francisco last February. What an amazing experience and what an amazing assortment of books gathered under one roof.

5) That I received a partial scholarship for and went to the Colorado Antiquarian Book Market Seminar in August.

6) That I exhibited at and sold books in my own half-booth for the first time at the Sacramento Antiquarian Book Fair in September.

7) That I got a scholarship to the University of Virginia Rare Book School. I can’t wait to make the next step in my education as a bookseller.

8 ) That I started this blog — without necessarily intending to, I’ve made connections with other booksellers, book collectors, and book lovers. For that, I am exceedingly grateful.

Thanks for reading, especially if you’re reading just for your own amusement and aren’t my husband or parents, who are kind of obligated to read. šŸ™‚

9) That I had enough good book finds and enough sales to make me believe I can sustain, and, I hope, grow, this business.

Of course, I am most thankful for my family, my health, and my home. I just wanted to focus on the book business here. I’ve got a lot of things going on for Thanksgiving weekend, so I’m going to take a break until Monday and enjoy my time with my family.

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving filled with whatever makes you feel grateful.

See you in the stacks!

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One response to “Chapter 64 With Gratitude

  1. Being from Canada, I’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving over a month ago, but I have to say that I am also thankful that you started this blog. As someone who hopes to one day go into the antiquarian book business, reading this journal has been both educational and heartening. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I look forward to reading more in the future. šŸ™‚

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