We had a beautiful day on Saturday, and people came non-stop. The timing was great- people are starting to think about the holidays, and we had lots and lots of toys. The sale was a great success for us- about 80% of the stuff we put out disappeared, which is a good thing, because otherwise we'd have to figure out another way to get rid of it all. My colored dot assignments weren't about intrinsic value; it was more about how much we wanted to get rid of a thing.
The free items were my favorites. I had a bag of shoes in the garage; originally meant for discard. A gentleman asked if they were for sale, and I said they were free to our good customers. So he tried them on, and he was so happy that they fit. They were old shoes, but Rockports do last a long time.
Another fellow had selected bunch of books including several of my father's old particle physics books. Why my dad, an electronics engineer, had particle physics books, is one story; why I shipped them from Indianapolis to store them in my basement is entirely another. But anyone that interested in particle physics deserved to get those books for free!
|Dad said: "Just go to bed!"|
One eleven year old gleamed when she found out there were books for sale. Her mom had bought some furniture and was arranging to pick it up later. "You can look at the books when we come back" she said, herding the girl and her 8 year old cousin to the car.
|The Librarian from the Black Lagoon|
Reflecting on the joy I experienced in seeing kids excited to get some books, I got a better understanding of why so many librarians love what they do. Imagine if you could do the same thing for lots and lots of kids. It would be like taking that joy and multiplying it by thousands.
Maybe that's why I've been obsessed with "ungluing ebooks".
Personal Note: I believe that in life, when you discern a calling, you need to remove whatever obstacles there may be to answering that call. I hear this call to "unglue" ebooks quite personally and clearly. And also to have a "bounty market" to make it happen ready before Thanksgiving in 2011. You can consider that an announcement. For now, why not celebrate Thanksgiving by taking a book off your shelves and find the person who is meant to read it next?