Does it pay to own a small bookstore? It’s a bit like asking if it pays to be a poet.
Seth Godin, The Domino Project
My friend Linda runs a little used bookshop at the Zion center where my café is located. I often envy her that shop.
Two slow weeks back-to-back at the cafe might have fed that envy. Maybe just a bit.
Books can wait in ways that a plate of food cannot. Books won’t go bad if allowed to sit out overnight. You can stock a wide variety of books to accommodate differing tastes. Sampling is easy, and doesn’t require napkins or toothpicks or little plastic pill cups.
A book that’s been on your shelf for a year is as fresh as it was the day you brought it in.
And the health department won’t cite you for an inadequate number of sinks in your shop or the improper placement of the trash can.
So what if it doesn’t pay? Aren’t you tired of every choice hinging on whether or not it pays?
(Yes. Yes, I am.)
Seth Godin again: “(B)ooks are an excuse to have a business, but they’re not a business.”
I think they’re better than a business: they’re an avocation.
In my next incarnation I’m going to run a little shop like Linda’s. If nothing else, I’ve got all kinds of experience with things that don’t pay.