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Book Signing ... at a Garage Sale?

Surrealists riddle: What do you call a book signing that’s not a book signing? A yard sale.

Told you it was surreal. No, seriously, it’s more a yard sale that I’ll have some books at: Both old and new books, and old books. I’m on a surrealist roll!

My daughter’s having a yard sale at the same time as the Kendallville city-wide garage sale, May 21-23, at her place at 521 East Diamond Street (I’m told the people next door will be having one, too). The main attraction will, of course, be the yard sale, with stuff like kid’s and adult’s clothes, and extras like twin bed headboards and one of those sandbox turtles that make you wonder if turtles would be at home in there. Also a double stroller because—twins.

Anyway, I’ve already taken over four boxes of old books from around the house, and as you avid readers have already guessed, yes—it did break my heart. But I need to de-stuff myself (not literally—ew), and it was time for me to give up on the idea that I’d someday go through and read all those books again.

Also, Charis has graciously allowed me to sell the books I actually wrote, both the newest one of my older ones, and thus the second lame surrealist joke. So, it can also be called a book signing, or quasi-book signing. I’ll probably be there from after school until around 5 p.m. both Thursday and Friday, but I’ll firm up the times for me and the sale as we get closer. Stop and browse! Just because I don’t need more stuff doesn’t mean you don’t … especially if you have kids.


( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 17th, 2015 03:25 pm (UTC)
Was it a book signing or an autograph? Because if it was an autograph? Whoa!! you're f-a-m-o-u-s - in a good way. :-)
May. 18th, 2015 05:58 am (UTC)
I always assumed signing your book is the same as giving an autograph. If autographs are only given by famous people, I've been using the wrong term!
May. 17th, 2015 07:25 pm (UTC)
It hurts to give up those books, I know it.

Good luck selling/signing the new ones
May. 18th, 2015 05:59 am (UTC)
Thanks! Not really too worried about how many of my new books I sell, as it was more an afterthought in this case. The important thing: Not to have to box up too much stuff for Goodwill.
May. 18th, 2015 02:25 pm (UTC)
I just dragged two boxes there myself and need to box up more
May. 19th, 2015 07:42 am (UTC)
I might have to rent a moving van ...
May. 19th, 2015 02:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah I'm trying to pretend that's not my reality. And now that grandma passed, I have to get all my crap out of her house. Frankly it would be easier to get a job back there and just BUY her house.
May. 20th, 2015 06:16 am (UTC)
Renting a dumpster might be your best bet. I've been living in the same house for 25 years ... the thought of moving after all that accumulation terrifies me.
May. 20th, 2015 03:28 pm (UTC)
there IS a dumpster. I just don't want to put my books in it and all my comic books. sigh.
May. 21st, 2015 12:51 am (UTC)
Definitely not. Especially comic books -- they might be worth something! I sold off about a third of my comics twenty years ago, and still regret it.
May. 21st, 2015 01:47 am (UTC)
I believe you
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