Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Packed up the Religion, Self-Help, Politics, History, & Rare books.

David was here.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Late nights packing catching up with us, opened late this morning.

Boxes arrived.

Hubbell & David were here.

LDD Wonderland Limited 1st Edition books on order.

Then went to see the new Alice in Wonderland movie.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Boxed out

We packed up more History, more Cookbooks, and some of the Romance.

Printed more We're Moving flyers/coupons.

David was here again.

We're out of boxes, but more are coming tomorrow.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

New phone number chosen

We have our new phone number
(562) 448 - A C O B (562-448-2262)
A C(astle) O(f) B(ooks) = 2262
Which number through the magic of Google will ring the old shop until we have moved over. It isn't a great vanity number but it was the best we could find in the 562 area code.

Packed up Sports, European History, about half the Cookbooks, and some of the comics today.

Only David was here again.

Looks (and smells) like the monitor on the 2nd computer system burnt out.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

We've packed up the Ancient History, Movies, Erotica, Gardening, most of the Toys, much of the rare books, and Magazines. Everything else is still available for the next few days.

David was here, but no one else.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Packed more boxes.

Hubbell & David were back again.

There was music.

Tubs of toys were packed, the National Geographics were packed.

Paid bills, added google analytics.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Unboxing of boxes, and packing of books.

Hubbell & David were here.

A fair amount boxed up, but still have paperwork to catch up on.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bah didn't get anything done today, spent the day trying to get services and things set up in the new store.

David was here, a few more boxes packed.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Started early with Hubbell opening the store, we went to get the truck from the storage place with David.

Had the truck filled with boxes by around 2:00, and emptied by around 5:00.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Well the paperback show was fun, but we didn't do so well. We did pass out a lot of flyers & tell people about the move, and we did get a fair amount of books signed, so overall perhaps we should call it a wash.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The new packing formula is speeding things up a bit.

Hubbell was here.

We finished getting ready for the Mission Hills paperback show 2010.

Friday, March 19, 2010

The Moving Sale is doing fairly well at clearing out some paperbacks.

We're getting some things packed up, but it's slow going.

We're also getting ready for the Mission Hills Paperback show this Sunday.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Key day

Picked up the key to the new location (4302 Atlantic Ave, Long Beach, CA 90807)

Packed the online orders.

Hubbell was here.

Took a suv-full of boxes to the garage.

Now we're off to take another suv-full of boxes to the garage, then go measure up the new location more.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It might be St. Pat's but for us it was Boxing day.

David & Hubbell took boxes of books to storage.

Printed new coupons / we're moving flyer's.

Business insurance.

Updated myspace (does anybody still use myspace?)

We began boxing up books.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

We're Moving!

We're moving!
Our new location will be:
4302 Atlantic Ave.
in Bixby Knolls,
Long Beach, CA 90807
(between Carson & San Antonio)
And it should be open sometime in April 2010. We'll keep you posted.

Since we don't want to haul everything across town, we're having a moving sale.

Mass market paperbacks (racksize paperbacks) are $1.00 each.

Books under $10 are half off.

All other used books are 20% off.

Sale runs until the end of the month, or we're out of the Stanton shop.

Exclusions apply, see store for details.

Buying & Trading hiatus - until we're moved we will not be doing any purchasing or trading. We will still take donations.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Both David & Hubbell were here, refuting the rumour that they were the same personage in different outfits.

Took a load of boxes to storage.

We had 2 new tires put on the A Castle of Books-mobile to get ready for the paperback show in mission hills this Sunday.

Super important announcement tomorrow, about our mysterious doings lately - don't miss it!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Timing is everything

The time change messed us up as usual and we were slightly late opening. We were here, but just didn't get the carts out front soon enough. Nearly didn't close on time, but that's much less of a problem.

Started boxing up extra stuff.

Packed the online orders.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Bah, late renewal of DMV registration meant double the fees.

Touched up more Facebook/blogger settings.

Audio CD's

Shelved the entire new comics/Manga shipment.

Hubbell was here.

Emailed in the secret forms.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Bestsellers of the day = Fiction closely closing out the poetry.

Purchased a stack of Medical & Religious books.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Huge load of NEW Graphic Novels, Manga, and toys arrived today, 10 boxes from Diamond.

David was here.

Collectable paperbacks getting shelved.

More running around and looking at stuff.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Spent several hours messing about with various social networking sites, cross linking our website, blog, facebook page, and twitter accounts.

Made a bunch of call and found out info, some rates and sizes.

Bestsellers of the day = general fiction.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Purchased a large box of CD's and already shelved a good stack of them at only $1.00.

Almost finished packing the online orders but ran out of tape, best finish quickly tomorrow morning.

David was here.

Ran off looking at stuff again.

Bestsellers of the day = Charlie Brown.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Checked out more places.

David was here but not much was done for all the jabbering.

Started to incrementally inventory everything - started with some Entertainment paperbacks.

Sunday, March 07, 2010

Packed the online orders.

Sorted & cleared out the front isle again.

Bestsellers of the day = language reference books.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Shelved 4 boxes of New Discount Manga.

Hubbell was here.

Processed a few stacks of minor collectable books.

Purchased a small stack of books.

Bestsellers of the day = Medical books.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Still packing the online orders, taking longer than it should...

Purchased a few science and philosophy books.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Shelved 5 or 6 sets of Shojo Manga.

Commiserated with Bain about the outrageous new eBay store fee increases.
Checked and found that maybe the 5 cent listing special for books with ISBN's will still apply until December, so spent the day trying to figure out what of our listings use that.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss

Shelved a stack of aircraft books

Shelved a large stack of non-fiction, travel, history, military, etc.

Packed the online orders.

Messed with social networking sites a bit.

Monday, March 01, 2010

Bills & Accounting.

Answered email.

David was here.

Processed a small stack of minor collectable books.

Updated our yelp page, added some photos and info.

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