Thursday, July 31, 2008

Packed up the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Sorted the stuff that's come in the last week.

Shelved some metaphysical books, magic, witchcraft, ufo, psychic, etc.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Purchased a large collection (10 boxes) of Medical books.

Rebecca was here.

Some paperbacks shelved, the medical books processed and online.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Processing the online orders.

Woo, pretty big earthquake hit around noon. Nothing much fell, but there was some significant shaking. It dumped a few stacks books awaiting processing over. Nothing big fell, and nothing looks like it broke, but the whole place felt like it moved a few feet West!

Packaged the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Fixed problem with ABE so hopefully things will start listing there now.

Finished sorting those boxes of mostly kids books from the other week, some Easton Press.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Lots of phone calls, fixed bill, verizon bill, and SCE bill.

Diamond Comics order placed.

Purchased 3 boxes of Military books.

Traded for a stack of Art books.

Purchased a couple of books on Collecting.

Hubbell was here.

Listed a stack of Mitchell motor manuals online.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Packaged up the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Paid bills, did accounting & filing. Bleah, as usual, but according to my (possibly faulty) calculations (no good at accounting) it looks like A Castle of Books broke even last month. For the first time! Which is a good sign, if awfully long in coming.

Managed to keep from buying more junk, since there's just no more room.

Sorted more of the comic-con swag.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Sorted swag from comi-con, put out some new freebies.

In the theme of the week, 3 boxes of comics traded in.

Rebecca was here.

1/2 box of paperbacks shelved.

Friday, July 25, 2008

David was here.

A box of paperbacks shelved.

SDCC 2008 day 3
Max Brooks - Zombie guy!

Steve Purcell
Senor Donut.

More crowded than Thursday, but not that significantly, except for perhaps mid-day and especially in the 3K Hollywood area. That was impassable at times. Too crowded to move quickly most of the time. Wished had more time to check out the small press booths, but did manage to hit most of the indy comic booths, and illustrators row booths. Very disappointed in SDCC 2008 for not providing a full attending professionals list - as they have every year in the past, it was a great help to see who would be there. As usual the bag-check people were rude and annoying.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Closed for Comic-Con
SDCC 2008 day 2
Sci-Fi Channel
Eoin Colfer

Mark Buckingham, Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges.

As full and crowded as possible, while still enough room to easily move around. Except for the 3K area with all the hollywood stuff.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Managed to clean up the front isle a bit.

Rebecca was here.

Moved auto manuals, & boxes of kids books to the rear.

Closed early to go to Comic-Con
SDCC 2008 day 1 (preview night) Very busy and crowded for preview night. Not many in Artists Alley - as usual, but just about every other booth was fully operational.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Got a call yesterday to go pick up some books left behind at a storage unit. Up 2 hour early this morning to drive out to Fullerton to go get them, and when arrive the husband knows nothing about it, wasted a ton of gas and hours of sleep.

They're redoing the parking lot again today, our side this time, so you can't park near the shop.

17 boxes of mostly kids picture books came in.

Packaged the online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Sorted most of the paperbacks recieved yesterday.

Sorted & shelved 4 stacks of HB & TPBs.

Purchased a large load of Mitchell Automotive Manuals from the 1970's to 1990's.

Monday, July 21, 2008

4 bags of stuff donated.

Hubbell was here.

4+ boxes of paperbacks shelved, lots of newer titles - thrillers & fiction, lots of paranormal romance, fantasy.

Pidd stopped by.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

3 giant boxes of paperbacks traded in, mostly romance.

Packaged online orders for shipment tomorrow.

Started getting ready for Comic-con.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Shelved a stack of Hardcover.

Rebecca was here.

Culled Nora Roberts - filled the $1.00 cart.

Shelved a few more stacks of HB & TPB, some fiction, young adult, history, others.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Traded in some more Toys.

Purchased 6 short boxes of comics, lots of Superman.

Shelved a box of paperbacks, lots of newer fantasy & sf, some westerns & even a destroyer.

Purchased some DVDs.

Large collection of Kids picture books and chapter books traded in.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Acres of Books -- closing forever

It's official Acres of Books in Long Beach is closing forever. No longer just expected, but confirmed from the horses mouth as it were, Acres will close their doors forever. The sales will start soon, and it won't be long after that. It's a real shame, and a major blow coming just a year after the loss of the Book Baron. There are no more large used bookstores in Southern California.

The kids section, organized and put in some more flip through boxes, added more picture books.

Packed the online orders for shipment.

Installed Zip drive & fonts.

Shelved some Graphic Novels & Manga.

Clean out the kitchen, put up more shelving, put away tools & supplies.

Signed up to sell on ABE, we'll see if sales go up, or just move over.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Had to reinstall WinXp, and then just about every other program.

Rebecca was here.

Shelved a box of paperbacks, lots of SF, & Fantasy.

Paid BOE taxes.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Packaged the few online orders.

Did some accounting.

Shelved a few paperbacks - newer thrillers, fiction, romance.

Shelved a few stacks of HardBack & TPB's some fiction, history, military.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Vacuumed, watered plants, fixed a few things, then spent the rest of the day doing bills & accounting...

Hubbell was here.

A box of fantasy & paranormal romance shelved, (the paranormal romance all along the bottom of the romance spin rack.)

Debbie was here for carpool.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Finished sorting paperbacks, and rearranging boxes.

Little girl tried to run a scam by moving price stickers :( kids...

More trade in, shelved a box of hardcover, fiction, science, some vintage fiction, 1800's bound magazines, & other.

Packed up the lone online order.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

11 boxes of Fantasy & Paranormal Romance came in, hope to get them out on the shelves in the next few weeks.

Purchased some gift books.

Rebecca was here.

A box of Kids picture books shelved.

Sorted boxes of paperbacks.

Re-installed programs on computer, that somehow disappeared...

Donation 2 boxes of paperbacks.
Trade-in - 5 boxes older hardcover.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Purchasing resumes.

Packaged the online orders from the week.

Donation - 10 boxes of paperbacks.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

13 boxes of Paperbacks shelved over the week.

Vendl was here.

2-3 boxes of paperbacks shelved.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Paperbacks shelved.

Vendl was here.

Rebecca was here.

2+ boxes of paperbacks shelved.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Added images to online items on various venues.

Vendl was here.

2+ boxes of paperbacks shelved.

Monday, July 07, 2008

No Purchasing until the 11th

While the book buyer is on vacation, there will be no purchasing until his return on the 11th. The store will be open as usual 9:30 - 6:30 and paperback 1 for 3 trades will be accepted as usual.

Vendl was here.

3+ boxes of paperbacks shelved.

Saturday, July 05, 2008

Managed to move most of the stack of purchases/donations/trades out in front in the isle to behind the counter.

Vendl was here in the evening.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy 4th

Rather slow, like people expected the store to be closed or something.. :)

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Large collection traded in, mostly nothing much, but lots of it. Sorted in the morning.

Vendl was here, Shelley & Kathy stopped by.

Several boxes of paperbacks shelved.

Some 80s Law books, some art books, a few fiction hardcover, some business, and a few others shelved.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Stayed late, shelved some toys & games, monopoly X-Men & JSA editions, Rudolph Bumble Snowmonster, several others.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Purchased a few Art books, and some Mathematics. Traded for some First Edition AD&D.

Packed a large number of online orders for shipment tomorrow.

3 boxes of mmpb's traded in.

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