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Evie
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Location: Kenilworth, Warwickshire, UK

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 4:51 pm    Post subject: Plan to open a second-hand bookshop - The Tree House  Reply with quote

Not sure where to put this, but this will do!  I have decided to face my midlife crisis and my lack of employment head on, and with the huge encouragement of a good friend have decided to try to set up a not-for-profit secondhand bookshop in my local town, with a strong emphasis on community - to be a sort of community hub, but with the clear focus on providing a quality-driven bookshop.

I have set up a blog, The Tree House, for anyone interested - the more people who look at it the better, in terms of getting it recognised by Google, etc.  It is still in the planning stage, but I have fabulous support from the local council, as well as friends all over the place.

Just wanted to share this with you all - I'm quite excited!


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Hector



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Location: Leeds

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie

What a fantastic idea!! Your website looks great and I will be following your adventures in The Tree House with interest (superb name by the way!)

Although I don't live in the Kennilworth area (I do still have family about an hour away), I would certainly be interested in buying some shares so will look out for your updates for that.

I wish you all the very best!!!


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county_lady



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Evie that does sound exciting. I look forward to hearing more and should you be open this summer expect visitors. cheers


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooh, that is exciting, Evie! Good for you! I certainly wish you all the best. Perhaps I'll pop by the next time I'm in town (wishful thinking).


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blackberrycottage



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Location: Barnsley Yorkshire

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow. Best Wishes for that Evie. It sounds a brilliant idea.


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Evie
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Location: Kenilworth, Warwickshire, UK

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all so much!  Encouragement means a lot to me, it's quite daunting as well as exciting!  I am getting just brilliant support from the local council, who are currently working hard to set up a free space for me to start off, until I can find suitable permanent premises - have another meeting with them on Friday morning.


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Caro



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Location: Owaka, New Zealand

PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds great, Evie.  I considered a second-hand bookshop in my little town once with a friend, but the economics didn't stack up really.  I haven't checked your blog yet, but will soon.

If it is not-for-profit, how does that give you an income?  Perhaps it is the same as my husband, who works for a nfp organisation - part of his job is to bring in funding, at least enough to pay his and another staff member's salaries.  His job is in jeopardy now though since the council has set up an organisation which in part takes over his, and have taken away their funding for it.  So things are in limbo at the moment.  

You will be the right person for enthusing people with good and not necessarily known quality books, Evie.  And it sounds as if you have done your homework with this, getting council support etc.  Good luck.


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Evie
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I include my salary in the overheads, Caro - so anything on top of that is considered profit.  I am not expecting very much in the way of profit!  But there will be events in the shop as well as books, and raffles, etc, as a means of earning more income - continuing to work on how to maximise income.  Eventually I'd like a cafe, but need to start small.


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Mikeharvey



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Location: Lancashire

PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck with the project. I wish I lived nearer to shop there.


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Sandraseahorse



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How lovely!  Good luck.  Where abouts in Kenilworth will it be?  I used to live near the now-defunct cinema.



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