Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Almost all of our stock that is listed on the internet, through our Abebooks.com site at the bottom of our home page at WalkaCrookedMileBooks.com, is now shoe horned into our basement. That's where you'll find this beautiful and scarce 1912 book that might have been useful to parents at home with their children during one too many snow days. A reminder that if you want to search those books, you can make an appointment to come visit us at our home, or you can browse or search by clicking on that Abebooks.com site and you'll be able to look at just our books. If you find anything you want, give us a call and make arrangements for us to bring into the shop where you can pick it up or to drop it in the mail. We can offer up to 20% off to you, (depending on payment method) our loyal customers, if you order directly from us.
Meanwhile, we have moved into March and we now have a 30% OFF DISCOUNT on the 40,000 books still in our shop. There is now a little more room on the shelves, C.C. has more places to hide, and we are able to show the cover of more books. There is also ample room for us to keep on adding newly priced stock from our storage unit. In fact, we now have a Recent Arrivals area in the boxes in the entry room so you can see all the new items, like this one. We also have been able to bring up lots more science fiction, detective, and fiction paperbacks that were in storage.
We were glad to see that Glenn Bergman, general manager of Weavers Way, wrote about the closing, in August, of Walk a Crooked Mile Books, in the latest issue of The Shuttle. He said that he had been asked what could be done and he said, "Weavers Way will help in any way we can to organize the public to keep a used bookstore operating, but we cannot take on the task of operating one. It would be wonderful if any members are interested in meeting and discussing how to keep this bookstore active as a co-operative entity with member volunteer labor. Perhaps the store could remain at the present location or at a new location in Mt. Airy. Imagine a small Strands in Mt. Airy or a Buffalo Book Co-op like the one in Ithaca, NY. Co-op member Geoff Keston is very intersted in this project. Email him at email@example.com to join the discussion." I am all for that and urge you to join in.
As we ever so slowly sneak up on the Spring Equinox on March 20, we are offering a "When will all this *^#@ snow be GONE" contest. We have entry forms in the shop. We ask you to predict when all snow will be gone from the Mt. Airy Train Station property and where will be the last place for snow to melt on the grounds. We posted the contest on Facebook and have been recruiting the few brave souls who have come out in the snow to make guesses. A $20 gift certificate to the best guess in each category. Cynthia and I think it is only fair that neither of us enter the contest, though we both have our opinions. However, C.C., who knows the grounds of the station better than anyone- having mastered the art of crossing the track and exploring the "other side of the tracks" - is considering entering. Here is a picture of her, on our picnic table, with snow in the background, weighing all the meteorological, geophysical, and sociological implications. Deadline for entries is Sunday March 16- right after a couple of potential snow showers, according to Accuweather's long term forecast. What's your bet ?
We are also doing our part to nudge Spring by announcing our Mt. Airy Train Station Flea Market Schedule. We will cross our fingers and set the first yard sale for Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and then every Second Saturday until August. Mark your calendars, start gathering items you want to sell, and drop us a line or give us a call to sign on to this great community event. By the way, we will also be hosting our weekly concert series, including a Gala Return of Walk a Palooza Blow Out Concert in August to celebrate our 18 1/2 years in the Mt. Airy Train Station. Dates need to be determined. We'll let you know the details as soon as we have that worked out.
Come out of hibernation. Enter our contest, sign-up for Yard Sales, shop for books - Help Spring Arrive.
Greg and Cynthia
Walk a Crooked Mile Books
Mt. Airy Train Station
7423 Devon St. (at Gowen Ave.)
Philadelphia, PA 19119