A very nice, well-appointed lady spends about an hour browsing the stock, including the locked cases. After building a rather formidable stack of unrelated books worth over $3,500 (including some very scarce Mark Twain first editions), I couldn't resist asking:
What do you collect?
Oh nothing, but I will purchase these.
(My curiosity getting the better of me) A gift?
No. I am going to use them to decorate my daughter's bathroom.
(Silly me! I failed to notice that the books were all various shades of
green. This is a good thing, since the books will soon be color-coordinated
with the mold).
Let me help you carry these out to your car.
(phone call - grownup)
I have a book I want to sell.
What is it?
It's by John Stainback. It's called "The Wayword Bus"
Who's the publisher?
I just said, John Stainback
He's the author, sort of. Let's try again, what does the copyright page say?
Sorry, I can't use it. Thanks for calling.
I have a bunch of old books I want to sell on e-bay. Can you tell me what
they are worth?
Why would I want to do that?
My friend said to call you and that you know a lot about books.
You are missing my point. Why should I waste my time helping you?
So I can know what reserve to put on my books.
I charge for appraisals.
Well this isn't an appraisal. I just want to know what they are worth.
Sorry, you will have to call someone else. Good luck!
mid-thirties, pondering a purchase)
I have never
read a book this long. It would really have to be good for me to read
this one (149 pps.).
(Woman, in her
Do you have the
to read it.
Did you know
it's a true story, except for the romantic part?
(this is worse than I thought!)
You have a book
I want, but it's $30. Would you take less? I just want to look at the pictures.
It's too hot
in here! Why don't you turn on the air conditioning or something?
take off your sweater.
read all these books?
I never sell a book without reading it first.
When do you
Hi, are you
No. Not at
I like books.
So do I.
not to get in the way. I could just read or something.
ever seen the Guggenheim Bible?
Are you hiring?
I have your company's name?
I have to
tell the Unemployment Department that I am looking for a job.
This is the
Unemployment Department. Can I get your name?
I have a
What do you
you think it's rare?
Is it a first
Who is the
It's a paperback?
was it published?
He must have
been pretty old when he signed it.
Yea, he was.
I have to
Do you want
to buy it?
fills out search card: 16 Chapels)
Oh, you're after books on European Churches?
books about the 16 Chapels.
know the one with the big painting on the ceiling.
We will let
you know what we find (once we stop convulsing).
There are more at the BookMine, which also has this interesting column.