Joining Jen for 7 Quick Takes.
Better than late than never? I just thought I needed to post before Sunday ends, because I plan to keep quiet during Holy Week, at least for the Triduum, except for at Catholic Culture.
1) My post at Catholic Culture about Holy Week Preparation ….I’m already reducing the load of “to-do”. It’s to be expected. Truly, I should have everything done by Good Friday. We love decorating Easter Eggs on Holy Saturday, but that means they don’t make it for the Easter Basket Blessing. I do a lot of baking and preparation on Holy Saturday, so it would take some better preparation (like all shopping and cleaning the 5th week and all baking in Holy Week). Just didn’t have my act together yet.
2) Friday our family went a Used book Sale. Confession time: I’m a bibliophile, but a used book and used book sale junkie. Really. I do read newer published books, but I very early figured that I could get MORE books if I bought them used at a cheaper price.
3) The main sale that has been feeding this addiction announced that this is their final year after 46 years. My family, my aunt, my mother, my sisters and their families, some of my cousins…all attend this sale annually. I do go to other sales, but this one is just head and shoulders above any other sale. 3 gymnasiums full, over 350,000 books, all organized by subjects, constant restocking. The books themselves are in good condition…no musty or poor condition books. My personal library has mainly come from these sales.
4) As we were leaving, the local TV news station interviewed me, my son, and my aunt! You can watch it here. BTW, my son doesn’t only read comic books, but it is true that this sale has the best selection: Asterix, Tintin, Peanuts…
5) My nephew and my son even wrote a poem about this sale last year, adding the last verse this year:
Book Sale Anthem by A.A. and G.M.
What is that I hear?
The Booksale is coming near
I can’t wait to see the fights
and the workers defending their rights.
Superman, Batman, Atom, too,
I’m so excited, how about you?
Movies, DVDS, are some,
I’m so excited my toes are numb.
Asterix, Tintin, Peanuts, too.
All await in this hullaballoo.
Hardy Boys, Trixie Belden, Nancy Drew
Are in Maryland. How about you?
The playground is fun for all
It’s like a castle with a giant wall.
We use walkie-talkies to chat
about this and that.
When we go home we are sad
But deep inside we are glad.
We have so many new books, we know what to do:
Read them for about a week or two.
This year’s booksale will be the last.
All these great memories will be in the past.
To make this year one that stand out from the rest,
We will make every moment of this sale the Best.
6) This book sale obviously attracted book dealers from all over. We have complained over the years how we hate fighting the dealers.
Things have changed over the years. Prices have gone up. There has been the advent of the handheld devices and online book sales. Not only do we have to deal with pushy people, but the new handheld ISBN scanners means they are slowly making their way through the books, and no room to squeeze in and view them.
The book dealers themselves have changed. Originally, people who want to deal in books enjoy books. Their love for books overflowed into becoming a dealer. In the early days there would be shouts of joy for finding THE amazing book. This year I met a man and his elderly father who comes from Indiana for this sale. The father used to work for Golden Books and collects children’s vintage books. It was neat to hear them discuss their love of books.
The older dealers could scan a table of books and recognize authors and press imprints to be able to grab the best quickly. (That’s the way I shop…) But now, there isn’t a personal relationship with the books. This is a job to make money. The scanner tells them what is in demand. There is a disconnect. And perhaps that’s what’s happening to the world of printed books in general.
7) Unrelated to Holy Week and Easter, my hair has suddenly become wavy, almost curly. It gets frizzy and wavy during humidity times and when we go to the beach, but never like this in dry air! Last month my hair was layered and revealed all these curls. I’m not used to seeing my reflection.
See Jen for other Takes.