So How Did It All Go?

Why, we lived happily ever after, of course, as the heroines and heroes do in any good folk tale. Despite all wolves and trolls and wicked stepcousins, goodness triumphed.

But you want solid data, I suppose.

Well, we basically beat our previous best total by nearly $10,000.  Thank you.

On Sunday, you would have found no books at all left in Dance, Westerns, African-American Studies, or Classics, and mighty few in Philosophy, Short Stories, and Transportation. Thank you.

For the first time in the history of the Book Fair, there was no slow day, not even a really slow hour.  We alternated between Busy and Really Busy.  Thank you.

We sold our first edition Emerald City of Oz, but our beautiful life of Samuel Johnson had the cover of the first volume ripped off. Ain’t gonna thank you for that second one.

There were more children this year than in many years, and they most of them were well-behaved and interested in books. I did pass a four year-old explaining to a three year-old that the book he had picked out was much too hard for him. I don’t know about him, but I know what SHE’LL be like when she grows up.

At the other end of the spectrum, there were some fascinating tattoos, too.

We had five really obnoxious customers–basically one for each day–but we can measure those against the woman who found a book she’s been looking for for twenty years and the man who said he couldn’t sleep and had to get up at 4 A.M. because it was Book Fair Day. As long as we have more of the second kind of customer than the first, we’re content.

We sold , besides books, records, and tapes, a mustache cup, 3 stereos, 2 8 mm. movie editors, 2 typewriters, an adding machine, 2 VCRs…wait. PLEASE don’t plan to donate your stereos, VCRs, and adding machines.  We might have room for another mustache cup.

We had a three-poster display of posters avauilable at the Collector’s table: a reprint of the 1932 Gangland Map of Chicago, our own hand-done 25th Book Fair posrter, and original 1963 brosadsides of LBJ’s historic “On this halllowed ground” speech. We sold no LBJs, about four Book Fair posters, and 18 of the Gangland map.

Which shows you just how much goodness really triumphs.  Anyway, as noted, we lived happily ever after, and made enough money that they’re going to let us do it all again in 2010.

Thank you.

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