We are holding a special sale of slightly blemished books that can be picked up in person at the Covington, Ky., storefront from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 23. We have about 100 books that have been piling up in my cellar, and I need to get them out of there.
Here’s how this will work.
All the books are listed here in my eBay store. They are all 50 percent off retail. They are listed for pickup only with no shipping options. If you buy one, you (or your spouse, child or buddy) must pick it up on Dec. 23. We can’t ship it to you – we don’t have the boxes or packing material here in Covington. If you beg Megan to mail you one, she will say no. So please, please, please don’t make this uncomfortable or weird for us. And especially don’t email firstname.lastname@example.org. They are dealing with holiday craziness and don’t have anything to do with this blem sale.
Once you’ve bought and paid for the book through eBay, come to the Covington storefront anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Dec. 23, 2020. The storefront is at 837 Willard St., Covington, KY 41011. We’ll have everyone’s orders bagged up. We will be wearing face masks. We ask that you wear a mask, too. (I do not feel like getting mortally ill because of a blemished book sale….)
At the front door, tell us your name. We’ll put your book(s) on the front stoop, and you can go on your merry way.
All these books have small amounts of damage. (Books that were unsalable were recycled.) Most of the damage consists of a bumped corner. Some of the books suffered small scuffs to the cover cloth. One or two have some small patches of water staining on the exterior of the block. All of the books are functional and readable. And after a few years of use, I suspect you won’t be able to discern the damage.
There are some great books in this sale, including 37 copies of “The Book of Plates.” If you can make the trip and are willing to follow the rules, there are some deals to be had. I know some of you are feeling like you are being punished for not living in the lovely Tristate. All I can say is that there has to be some great advantage to living here – and maybe this sale is that advantage.
Remember: You have to first buy the book in our eBay store before coming on Dec. 23. We won’t have any stock to sell on Dec. 23.
— Christopher Schwarz