A plan is developing. When I thought about living the RV life, one of the ways to make money I thought might be to go bookstore to bookstore, around the U.S., selling and delivering bookplates.
Most likely that doesn’t make sense. I’m not sure what kind of a license one would need to do that – I have a license in Ohio to sell in different locations, but in different states? Although I suppose my HQ is Ohio.
But (as usual) I digress. I’m working on freeing myself of my bookplate inventory. And I’m also trying to map out a travel route for November and December, something that would be fun. What, I ask myself, could be more fun than visiting independent bookstores from here to Midland, Texas? And relieving myself of bookplates?
This is sort of the reverse of what I used to do for a living – I used to visit on average 3 bookstores a day, most often Waldenbooks (remember them?) as well as independent bookstores. I’d take inventory, write up orders and they’d have bookplates (and bookmarks) shipped to them from The Antioch Bookplate, later Antioch Publishing Company. I actually LOVED doing this. On the upside, I got paid for my gas mileage and a small stipend for food and lodging. Oh well.
So, this does sound like fun. I’m looking up independents on the way, or not too far off the path. Bookplates are for sale now, but not going like hot cakes – they’ll be plenty left to take with. Even if they all sell, I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than visit bookstores. I LOVE bookstores, books and booksellers!
So, let’s say I have a bunch of bookplates left. With Christmas coming, I think I’ll be giving them away, first to booksellers. Giving me something (a book, coffee, letting me sleep in the parking lot), would be optional. Perhaps if a store doesn’t want it, giveaway to people somewhere else? (Not outside the bookstore, poor form!)
Here’s my roughly planned could change at any moment route to Midland – from the Dayton Ohio area to Louisville, KY through Indiana, then Illinois, then Missouri and down into Oklahoma and into Texas.
Oh why not? So much better than the bonfire idea I’d come up with!
Should I notify the stores that I’m coming or keep it loose and by surprise?