What about a couple of folding chairs with a nice cushion offered if someone wants a bit of comfort?
||I like the one on the steps just down from the monastery shop in Tenby. It's categorised roughly in piles, turning round is a major operation and you have to really ferret stuff out. But it's like mining for treasure and I love it.|
Locally I like Badgers Books because it's a proper secondhand bookshop with lots of little rooms crammed with interesting books and it smells like a secondhand bookshop should There are books piled on the floor as well as in the shelves and you can often find interesting vintage paperbacks in the £1 boxes outside. The owners are friendly and knowledgeable. I'll be gutted when they retire and I should spend more money there. (Google badgers books worthing for pics)
I used to like Borders in Brighton because it had subject bays with seating you could loll about on whilst flicking through the extensive choice of books and nobody ever hassled you. It also had a cafe, toilets and a selection of unusual periodicals. Last time I went there it seemed to have a lot less varied stock than when it first opened and felt less relaxed.
I rarely buy anything in the local Oxfam bookshops because of their piss-taking prices and slightly snooty staff.
||Octavia's Children's book shop in Cirencester. She know her market and holds book clubs for all ages of children. I go in and say I want a book for Wes and she know just what he likes. She has regular books signings the best being Robert Muchamore. There are large cushions and seats to sit and look at books. She will order in any books she dosent have in stock.|
I like Greyfriars bookshop in Colchester.
It smells divine, it's cosy, and I feel like the rest of the world doesn't exist when I'm cocooned in there. The staff are so lovely as well and leave you unless you want to chat
Our bookshop's closed. The people who took the site over still stock maps and local history stuff and will order other things but you can't browse.
Blackwells on Oxford is my favourite bookshop ever. Dunno what it's like nowadays though.
Foyle's was always utterly carp. Like shopping in soviet era East Germany.
||It still goes on for miles, under the road.|
||A member of staff there found me a surgery textbook when I didn't know the title, authors or publisher, just what shape and colour it was. Then told me that he didn't normally work in that department.|
||He wouldn't have been able to tie his shoelaces, but, yes, I'm not surprised.|
I've spent years not going into bookshops, then when ours closed I started going back. I'm loving it.
I remember being asked for books like that and finding them.
It's a bit different with donations as you're not placing the orders nor necessarily keeping in touch with publishing.
The antiquarian side is great though.
I think the books in our Oxfam bookshop are too expensive and I never go in it.
We have a shop in the precinct by the cathedral where the books are free, it's a weird selection with lots of older and tatty books but it's still great. I take the occasional book in there too but mostly I keep or pass books on.
To be honest I mail order most new books which are always text books. Fiction is from the library or our free library at the boat moorings.
The point of Oxfam is to raise money for people in dire need, not to provide cheap books.
Anyway, it's hard to know what to do in the little space you have Cathryn. Walter Henry's bookshop in Bideford is nice with out being much bigger. It's got lots of nice wood and tiles. You can't see much from their website though.
I know you're asking about the interior, but I'm trying to remember what the window display is like Cathryn.
If you can get people through the door, you're half way there.
Something that'll make people smile ...
I've got some photos of gallery window displays somewhere (I'm thinking of entering Mostyn Gallery's Christmas window comp next ...errr, this year) - I'll see if I can dig them out.
||I know you're asking about the interior, but I'm trying to remember what the window display is like Cathryn.|