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March 29, 2007

Nice Work If You Can Get It


Starting next Monday, this is where you can find me from 7 am to 11 am, Monday through Friday. Nope, not hanging out in the cafe, sipping mochas, reading magazines and cookbooks. I have a new job! And I owe a huge thank you to my wonderful sister-in-law, Jen, who called me as soon as she heard about the position. Not only is it a perfect schedule, I get to wear jeans and tennis shoes! Yay!!

32 comments:

  1. Congrats! I'd love to work in a bookstore but I wouldn't make any money. I'd buy too many books!

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  2. Congratulations! I applied for a different library job partly on the basis that at that library, I'd have been able to wear jeans and tennis shoes. They offered me the job but couldn't come up with enough money. :(

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  3. You are so lucky!!! I would pay them to be able to work in a bookstore!

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  4. You lucky dog!! Man, that would be awesome. Of course....I would end up having to pay them for working there! I'd spend more than my paycheck if I was near that many books all day!! Can you say ADDICTION???

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  5. Les I am positively green with envy, do hope you come away with something left in your pay cheque though!
    Congrats and now you can give us all the low-down on the behind the counter stuff.

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  6. Yay you! I bet you are going to have a blast. Just think, you'll get to see all the new books first :) Congrats!

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  7. Stephanie12:12 PM

    Oh man, you are so going to spend all of your salary there!
    Stephanie
    www.thewrittenword.wordpress.com

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  8. Nice gig, Lesley. I hope you love it there (and I hope you get an employee discount).

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  9. Oh, so exciting, Les! Tell us all about it - every day.

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  10. Congratulations, Les. Sounds like a dream job. I'm afraid if it was me I wouldn't get much of a paycheck. A job at a bookstore as always been appealing to me, though.

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  11. Yeay, Les, CONGRATS! Working in a bookstore is my dream job, but as I've mentioned before I tend to get slightly claustrophobic if I spend too long in one. I know you will enjoy your time there...keep us posted on all the happenings of the publishing industry, ok?

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  12. Do you get staff discount? Could be dangerous!

    Good luck.

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  13. Woo Hoo!!! You know how to pick 'em. :) Have fun!

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  14. Jen Jackson6:19 PM

    We're lucky to have your knowledge and expertise! I'm excited for Monday. See you then.

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  15. Congratulations, Lesley! I've been joking with my husband a lot lately that I want to quit my job and work at Borders. :-) I'm not sure they would want me though. Haha Good luck in your new job!

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  16. Les, that is so utterly cool! Congratulations!

    Oh, and just reading Chris' message . . . yeah, I think I personally had a negative cash flow when I worked in a bookstore. Have fun, you lucky girl!!

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  17. Oh fun! Hope you get a good staff discount! :P

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  18. Congrats!! What a fun gig! Nothing like being able to wear jeans and tennies to work. :)

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  19. Cool! That does sound perfect! Congratulations.

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  20. Thanks everyone! I'm really excited about the job. As many of you already know, I used to work in a bookstore when I lived in Texas and it was my dream job come true. I absolutely loved it.

    I'm not too terribly worried about spending my entire paycheck on books. I have so many in my TBR stacks that I truly do feel like I can refrain from buying more. I still have so many from when I worked at Borders, and that was almost 5 years ago! It will be nice, though, to have the employee discount for buying books for birthday and Christmas gifts.

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  21. I loved working in a bookstore. have fun and enjoy all those new books and that discount!!

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  22. Congratulations, Lesley! Every booklover's dream job ...

    I'm thinking of applying when a new B&N opens in our area next month.

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  23. Danielle - Thanks. I'm looking forward to the job. It's been almost exactly 5 years since I worked in a bookstore. I'm ready to go back!

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  24. Lesley - Oooh, it'd be fun to get in on a brand new store! Good luck!

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  25. I have been blessed with bookstore memories too! I loved being the Children's Lead and then assistant manager of one of our local Barnes and Noble stores. It was like a dream come true. My favorite times were the early mornings with the shelvers and the beginning sounds from the cafe. Those are the times when I would wander and search on my own. It felt like a sanctuary. Other favorite times were quiet late afternoons when storms were building and the store was all mine. Again, that same special feeling!
    Unlike many though - I was able to keep my spending well under wraps! I gloried in keeping "strips" and our store had a new book check out policy that was fabulous. I prowled the book shelves and then would get many from the library. I did lust after one other job though.... I would love to just talk about great books with others! I know, we could call them book "commercials!"
    Have fun!

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  26. Les,
    Congrats on the new job, B&N has no idea how good a bookseller they are getting. I am so glad that you are getting back in to booksellng, it is just too bad you have to work for the enemy though. :)

    Lee

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  27. Lee - Hey, if Borders would get their act together and open a store in Lincoln, I'd be there in a heartbeat. Omaha has two or three and Papilion is getting one, so why not Lincoln?! Talk to your buddy Stu!!

    Actually, I'm really excited about working for B&N. The manager is a former Borders' employee and seems very nice, so I thik it'll be a good fit. It'll be nice to be back in the book biz. Perfect hours and dress code. :)

    Of course, it won't be the same as #48, but life goes on, eh?

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  28. Inside a Book - Thanks for sharing your great memories. Your early morning hours at B&N sounded very much like mine at Borders. Isn't it interesting how a store like that has such a different feeling during the opening hours versus the late afternoon/evening hours. An entirely different set of customers. I preferred mornings! Thanks for the comment.

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  29. SHUT UP!!! You Lucky Duck! Man, won't you be surprised if I just make my way on over to buy a book from you. What a perfect, dream job for a perfect girl. Congratulations!

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  30. Congratulations!! :)

    I worked at Barnes & Nobles twice - once as a seller and once in the stockroom....let's just say that I never got paid. My check went right back to the store. Going to work was a pleasure! :)

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  31. Bellezza - Welcome home!! It was so nice to see a comment from you. It felt like you'd been gone forever.

    Yep. I feel like quite the lucky duck. Today was my first day on the job and it was great! It helps that I have previous experience working in a bookstore. While the two companies aren't exactly alike, there are a lot of similarities, so my comfort level was pretty high. I can't tell you how happy I felt to be back in a bookstore. Of course I saw tons of books I want to read! I may just have to give up sleep for reading. ;) Thanks for the congrats! And, again, welcome home.

    Amelia - Going to work was certainly a pleasure today. I'm really happy to be back in a bookstore. And the hours just couldn't be any more perfect, as I still want to have time to putter in my garden, read, walk/run/bike, and visit with friends. Nice to finally have something good happen in my life...

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