Although I’ve steadily been plugging away at organizing the shop, there’s still sooooo much work to do that I’m ready to ask for some volunteer help… I can’t afford to pay anyone with cash, but I can pay with books!
Practically every section of books in the shop needs to be organized. Some sections are in better shape than others, but man… the cookbooks, the kids books, the military/American history/world history section, the sports section, the reference section, the foreign language section, etc etc… they all need serious attention.
So here’s my thought. I have a general idea of how long it will take to organize each section. I could “pay” a volunteer with books at the rate of about $15.00 worth of books for every hour worked. The $15.00 would be what we’d charge for the books, not what the books’ original prices were. And since our prices are way lower than those original prices, you could make out like a bandit, if you’re a book lover like I am!
There would be some books not included in this – none of the Maine & New England books, for example. But other than that, pretty much anything else we have in stock would be fair game.
And better yet, if you like contemporary fiction, you’ll get quite a deal, since (for another example) our hardcovers are $2.00 each (buy 3, get one free!), or fill one of our reindeer bags for just $5.00… those bags hold about a dozen hardcovers. You could put in an hour’s work and walk out with three bags full of contemporary fiction worth hundreds of dollars if you were to buy them brand new at a regular bookstore. And the condition of most of those books is exemplary!
BTW, there’s always coffee and cookies at the shop. Nom nom nom….
Okay, so here’s what I could use help with organizing. (The expected time commitment given is just an estimate.)
1) Animals, domestic & wild – 1 hour
2) Medical and Self Help – 1 hour
3) Sports – 1 hour
4) Military and History – 6 hours
5) Travel – 1 hour
6) Construction, Architecture & Engineering – 1 hour
7) Science Fiction – 1 hour
8) Vintage Fiction – 4 hours
9) Gardening, Crafts, Homesteading – 2 hours
10) Languages (mostly French, Spanish & German) – 1 hour
11) Reference – 2 hours
12) Political and Cultural – 1 hour
13) Business – 1 hour
14) Children’s books – 2 hours
15) Cookbooks – 1 hour
16) Biography & Memoirs – 2 hours
17) Art, Poetry, Theatre – 2 hours
18) Social Work, Therapy, Philosophy – 2 hours
19) Spirituality, Indigenous, Astrology, Druidry – 1 hour
20) Gender Studies, Family and Sexuality – 1 hour
21) Religion, Abrahamic and Other – 2 hours
22) Contemporary Fiction – okay, that’s rather a nightmare; one whole small room filled with 40-50 boxes of books that need to be organized alphabetically by author – maybe 8-10 hours?? Update, 12/02/18: I decided to can the idea of alphabetizing these books, and am just organizing them by type (hardcover, trade paperback & mass market), and boxing them up to sell in bulk…so far I’ve put about 7 hours into this but still have another several hours to go!
There are other sections, but most of those are in okay shape.
Then there are hundreds of loose books that need to be sorted by genre, and shelved – 3-4 hours
And then…. there’s all the work of inventorying the books and getting them onto the website. That’s an absurd amount of work.
Anyone up for doing a few hours? Coffee, cookies and free books. Hey, what more could you ask for? Oh yeah, my sparkling personality right there with you! You got it!
It’s my plan to be at the shop every Tuesday through Saturday from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm for the next few weeks. (Except Saturday, December 8th; I’m already scheduled elsewhere most of the day.) So if you’re able to come in during any portion of any time listed, that would be wonderful!
Please call or text me at 207-740-2247, or email me at LSnyder@regroupbiz.com.
Yikes! I almost forgot… I have another 30 or so boxes of books in storage at home that need to be brought in. Yup, there’s definitely plenty to do….
All sales, after expenses, go to support The Grief Warrior Project, a suicide prevention drop-in center in development. The Grief Warrior Project‘s support group room is located at Heritage Collectibles. FMI: Linda, 207 / 740-2247.
NOTE: With the exception of nearly 14,000 books, plus maps & music (sheet music & vinyl), most of our antique and other inventory can now be found at the Undercover Antique Mall in Oxford. We are booth number 56.
We hope you will enjoy our revamped shop, as well as our booth in Oxford, as you did our original retail space on Main Street.
For those dying to check out the revamped Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps, we are still in the same building, but our new entrance is at the back of that building.
Just enter 9 Park Street, Lewiston into your GPS and park in the nearest available spot. Our entrance is through the door at the end of the building on the right hand side. You’ll see signs in the windows (“Retail Store” and “Heritage Collectibles” and “Antiques” as well as others; you’ll also see my silver Jeep Liberty parked nearby.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us since August of 2014!
In memory of my beloved husband John K Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
He loved our shops, especially the section we called Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – that was his baby.
He loved me like crazy, and oh how I loved him.
Follow our blog at https://warrior-project.org, in honor of my husband, and all others who have been lost to internal demons that in the end, overwhelmed them.
All of the profits after expenses from Heritage Collectibles, Books & Maps will go to help fund The Grief Warrior Project, a suicide prevention drop-in and counseling center in the process of being developed.
(Please Note: The Grief Warrior Project is in no way intended to be reflective of, or piggy back off, Wounded Warriors which serves those military personnel wounded after September 11, 2001. Like too many others, John was a warrior long before then.)