To explain, in the two weeks since I last posted we've finally gotten round to painting the outside of the shop more in keeping with the rest of the colour scheme, and at one point the whole place was festooned with wet paint signs... and judging by the way the actual sign has progressed these last two week (i.e. to a grinding halt over Easter), it might just be easier to change the name to 'The Wet Paint Bookshop' as those signs are already in place!
See... before - clean and tidy, but looking not entirely dissimilar to the colour of the faded double yellow lines on the road:
Nice and shiny and lovely and new! ...with a few of the aforementioned wet paint signs dotted around...
Well, perhaps I'll hold off on the name change for now.
Anyway, in other news over these last two weeks (during which I've singularly failed to update this blog - apologies!), I have managed to finally order the books - after two extra days and a minor excel slip up! So great joy all round now! It means that I should at least have something to sell soon. And, I've had the computer system installed and been trained on the fancy schmancy software too (I now have a scanner which makes a very satisfying beep ...though it looks a little like the alien from all those movies... a cute little one though, and nowhere near as slimy of course). Unfortunately though I'm still stuck with a clunky old till - like in Open All Hours - but it's built like Fort Knox so it'll do me perfectly well for now thank you very much!
On the paperwork side of things I'm now officially a member of the Booksellers Association and the Federation of Small Businesses too, and on the labourer side of things, early on last week I managed to mangle both a bookshelf and my hand. It wasn't my finest moment I'll admit. Well I've recovered now, though I worry the shelf might be done for. However, the rest of the bookcases are now tied to the wall ready to be filled, the problem pillar has been painted thanks to some cling film, an angled brush and the ubiquitous masking tape, and I've even got round to painting the blackboard in the hallway. So, all in all, I'm one more step closer.
Next week will hopefully bring everything last week didn't... a sign would be nice, some books, the credit/debit card machine chip 'n' pin thingy, and hopefully a little time to start promoting the shop too - so much for my prophecy of faffing about with marketing plans! 'Best laid plans' and all that!