Wednesday, July 2, 2014

July IWSG: Mixed Feelings About Finding Your Book in a Thrift Shop

First of all, do you buy it? Of course you do! But then the round of questions begin. Who bought it and then gave it away? Why did they not want it anymore? How come they didn't ask me to sign it? Did they absolutely hate it? (Yeah, that must be it.) 

On one hand, it's quite thrilling to find my book on a thrift store bookshelf, but on the other hand, it's quite sad, too. My hometown is a map dot of a town in Texas, so the chance that this person who bought and gave away this copy knew me, is HUGE. So again, why didn't they tell me and ask me to autograph the copy?

I know. Cry me a river, right? Life could be much worse.

I guess the one big positive is my book was for sale (even if only .99) along with tattered copies of popular children's picture books. For once in his tiny, acorny life, LITTLE A. was shelf buddies with a copy of DON'T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS!

Yes, in an odd way, Little Acorn's feeling positively giddy right about now. Me? I guess I'll go ahead and scribble this one down in my accomplishment book. 

Write on, folks!

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14 comments:

  1. I'm sure we all end up in a used book store at some point.
    You were in good company. Maybe the person's kid just got a little older and they were cleaning out all the young books?

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  2. Perhaps a friend of yours bought a few copies, and wanted to spread the love.

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  3. Honestly, there are worse places a book could end up than a thrift store bookshelf. Did you tell the people who run the shop that you were the author of the book? You could sign it now :D

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  4. There could be a good reason why the person didn't keep your book, Candilynn. It could be that their child outgrew it, or that they wanted to share it with others.

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  5. Perhaps he'll find a new home and gain you new fans. I agree with Elisabeth, you could sign it now as a gift to whoever buys it next. Maybe make a game of it... ask the readers to tell you of Little A's adventures.

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  6. Don't feel bad! It's just waiting for someone new to discover it! I know I've gotten a lot of books at Half Price because the price was right, and I ended up becoming a huge fan of the author :)

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  7. Hi Candi, first, you have a book in print! Second, whoever bought it didn't throw it in the bin, they gave it to charity because they valued it and wanted some other children to read it. I think one of your other commenters made the point I'm about to make, however I wanted to give my version. With every year, my kids get older, and I go through our books to discard the younger books - to make room for new books. If it had not been valued in the first place, you would never have seen it again!

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  8. Aw, that's actually really cool that Little Acorn is on a bookshelf, even if it is a thrift store. I agree with the comments above, you should see this as a positive thing. The book is circulating, seeing the world, accumulating readers. Maybe someone had extra copies, or they passed it on when they finished reading it, or outgrew it.

    That said, I totally understand why you'd feel conflicted, even disappointed. Try not to though :-)

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  9. Hey, at least you know that someone bought and read it! And often times, young families go to places like that for books for their kids.

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  10. I see the positive in this: someone wanted others to read it and so gave it away to a place where it would be found :)

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  11. I don't know how your thrift shop works, but I had one that gave me half the used value toward new (used) books. I brought almost all my books in - not because I didn't like them, but because I was a book whore and always wanted more! lol I'm sure your book owner didn't dislike your book, just needed room for new ones. :)

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  12. My bookcase is pretty small, so at times I'll donate books to the local Goodwill, etc. Not because I didn't like them, but because I needed room. I'm almost due to clean it out again! :)

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  13. Wow. Google or Blogger just ate up my big comment to you all! :/ Anyways I was just telling everyone thanks so much for your sweet comments, and I feel a ton better after reading them! I guess there are definitely worse places it could've ended up. At least this way, he was on his way to a better place. Maybe I will sign it and take it back with a cute note in it saying whoever buys it, email me and let me know, then they can pass it on! It could be my own little version of Flat Stanley. :)

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  14. That particular copy was just in the process of finding the perfect home. I love your idea of signing it and bringing it back, a special surprise for the new owner. Do it! :)

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