Spoken in the Shop, Vol. 1.

Hello, friends! I thought it would be fun to introduce a new series to the blog this week. So much of what we do in the store each day revolves around you, the customer, and our interactions together. Being a bookseller is actually quite a bit like being a bartender (or at least the bartenders I see on TV; I have no real experience in that area). We answer questions, offer listening ears, and provide you with exactly what you might need to make it through the day.

And of course, as bartenders/booksellers, we hear a lot of funny things. Welcome, then, to the first edition of "Spoken in the Shop," a compilation of quotes we've actually heard working at The Bookshelf. Enjoy, because goodness knows we do.

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 On written sentiment

Customer: "You had the absolute perfect card for my sister."

Manager: "Oh good, I'm so glad!"

Customer: "Maybe now she'll start talking to me again."

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 On toys and breakfast food

Little boy: "Y'all used to have those things that looked like pancakes. Why don't you anymore?"

Me: "Pancakes? Was it a toy?"

Little boy: "Yes. It looked like a pancake and had a white string."

Me: "Hmmm. Wait, a yo-yo?"

Little boy: "Yes, that's it! Like a pancake!" 

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On availability

Customer: "I have a question for you."

Me: "Sure, I can help you."

Customer: "You have every book except the one I need."

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 On serving the hipster clientele

Me: "Can I help you find anything?"

Customer: "I really just wanted to see if you carried anything obscure."

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On the definition of an autobiography

 Customer: "Who wrote The Diary of Anne Frank?"

Bookseller: "Um, Anne Frank wrote her own diary..."

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On confidence

First grader at story time: "I really do think I'm the smartest girl in the world."

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On special orders

Customer: "I have a special order you guys have been holding for me."

Me: "Great! What's your last name?"

Customer gives name.

Me: "Hmmm. I don't see anything here under that name. How long ago did you place the order?"

Customer: "Oh, four years ago."

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On geography

"Do you think you could find the title of this book? It was set out West, in North Carolina."

Pause.

"Oh wait, that's not west, is it?"

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