Wednesdays at OFB with Stephanie

Bookseller Stephanie loves books of all sorts and appreciates a good book related adventure at work.  So she will be sharing some of her observations on our blog about her time at Once and Future Books.  If you have not visited our second hand bookstore yet, make sure you do so.  Jane, Stephanie, and Maddie are so excited to talk to you about the new books that our sister store has in stock.  There is a great selection of fiction and non-fiction, kids, young adults, and all sorts of fun genre specific books. 


The joy of working at Once and Future Books is that each afternoon is a series of discoveries – of books, of people, and of things forgotten.

During a quiet moment one afternoon, a woman shyly asked for “Something distracting, light, maybe with a bit of a mystery.” Jane and I immediately escorted her to Cozy Mysteries where we poked through the shelves to give her a variety of options where she could delight at daft villagers and feel a little bit like she was on vacation (with a murder involved, but that’s part of the fun.)  She left looking much happier and with three books.

Later, I noticed a young person walking nervously from room to room. When I offered help, they blushed and said, “I’m embarrassingly early for a date.” Jane and I were delighted – “We’re a date destination!”  Before long, the date arrived and the two played a sort of scavenger hunt from room to room and eventually left together, each with a book purchase and a smile.

And throughout the afternoon, people brought in their own books for buybacks.  One couple had six large boxes of books they’d accumulated over decades. As I leafed through the volumes, things would fall out – a card from a friend, a note on a post-it, a pressed autumn leaf, beautiful bookmarks, a receipt from a local indie bookstore that no longer exists.  I’d hand over each item and ask, “Is this important to you?”  Each brought an exclamation or a nostalgic sigh. And the books have now moved on for new readers, their pages ready to hold the small scraps of beauty that wash up in our lives.