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Elizabeth Saunders
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Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair
I attended Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS) in 2014, thanks to a scholarship from the Independent Online Booksellers Association . It was a stepping-stone dream come true for a bookseller with just three years in the business. I'd just closed my ope...
Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair
Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair
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Reliving the end of the Civil War in North Carolina
Every year in April, a group of re-enactors converges on the small, rural town of Trinity, North Carolina. Trinity is historically known for Trinity College, which started as Union Institute and eventually moved and became Duke University. Here's the event ...

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Tombstone Tuesday – Blandford Church Cemetery in Petersburg, Virginia
I won't have time for research when I visit Richmond for the Virginia Antiquarian Book Fair in a few days. However, I had lovely weather for a visit last fall to Richmond and Petersburg. My goal was to find the general area where my ancestor's brother, Shad...

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Searching for an old friend – Howard W. Smith
When our mother passed away in 2005, my sister and I found boxes of things in the attic that had belonged to our father, Austin Saunders, who died in 1971. Since we'd moved soon after his death, the boxes were like a time capsule of Daddy's life. I found a ...

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Books of 2017
I like to track my reading in Goodreads, though I don't have very ambitious plans when it comes to their annual reading challenge. I read for pleasure, curiosity and self-improvement, and average just over a book a month. Here's a fun infogram from GoodRead...
Books of 2017
Books of 2017
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Meeting a Maness cousin
If you've read this blog you know I've been working off-and-on on a book about my great-great-grandfather, Thomas Maness. (Click on the keyword Maness below if you'd like to catch up.) I never did meet Ms. Lessie , a descendant of Thomas' fifth wife who hel...
Meeting a Maness cousin
Meeting a Maness cousin
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Mendenhall Village Fair 2016
In just a few more days, the annual Village Fair will return to Mendenhall Homeplace in Jamestown, N.C. Tannery Books will have a pop-up shop on the porch of the Dr. Madison Lindsay house. The century-old home (built in 1817) also served as a medical school...
Mendenhall Village Fair 2016
Mendenhall Village Fair 2016
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Evolution of a Bookshop
Locals have seen Tannery Books move through different phases since I opened the doors on March 11, 2011. This article on Think Creative Collective outlines the business history of the bookshop as a bricks-and-mortar shop, a small cooperative, pop-up shops, ...
Evolution of a Bookshop
Evolution of a Bookshop
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Happy Birthday, George Takei!
Happy Birthday to George Takei, born 80 years ago (April 20) in Los Angeles, California. I can't believe it's been a year since I saw him speak at the Bryan Series in Greensboro, North Carolina. Famous for his role as helmsman Lt. Sulu (later Captain Sulu) ...
Happy Birthday, George Takei!
Happy Birthday, George Takei!
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Do you dream of having your own shop? Do you have visions of customers oohing and aahing over your latest creations while sipping a cup of tea or free-trade coffee? There are several options for showcasing your product-based business, from a rented committed storefront, to fairs and festivals, to a booth in a co-op or antique mall.

As a bookshop owner who has pivoted through a few of these business models, let me share some pros and cons and lessons learned along the way.
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