Jane recounted her experiences of buying ‘lovely new stock in a cold windy car park in Oxfordshire’ and I found myself nodding my head in agreement and thinking about the number of times I’ve done the same kind of thing.
I sometimes think we book sellers are completely mad making these kinds of arrangements but the thrill of not knowing what’s going to emerge from the boot of a car (trailer, horse box, motorbike pannier, barn, greenhouse!) makes it irresistible. Still after one or two ‘strange encounters of the bookish kind’ I decided it was probably better not to go alone so in recent times my long suffering husband has accompanied me on book buying trips.
I've lost count of the number of damp basements, drafty sheds and out of the way garages we’ve visited over the years but to counter that we’ve also met numerous kind and considerate people who have invited us into their homes and provided us with comfy chairs and cups of tea. Last week saw us visiting one of these kind and considerate sellers, her home was a beautiful four story affair in the middle of a large city. She was waiting for us when we arrived and immediately offered us a drink (of the non alcoholic variety) and set about making us welcome. Once the introductions were over she invited us to take a look at the books on offer “I’m afraid it’s a bit of a climb” she said “as the books are in the attic”
This is always a moment we dread, but this time it was going to be so much worse, not only a steep ascent into a dark and no doubt spider infested attic but four flights of stairs to climb – and more importantly four flights of stairs and a ladder to get the books down. Oh joy of joys! So imagine our delight on finding a beautifully converted attic bedroom with amazing views across the city and books neatly arranged on shelves and in boxes. We spent a very enjoyable hour browsing and chatting and came home with some nice stock and good memories of a day well spent.
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