It's a strange thing to have Mother's Day weekend following Easter so closely. We didn't really get a chance to catch our breath. I think we started out with about 30 card designs for Mom and I think we're down to about five by halfway through Saturday. I even picked up some dozens of a few of the folks we normally do well with (like Misha Zadeh from Madison Park) but you have to be prepared for last minute shopping.
Today we moved some tables around, and set the Father's Day table. It's hard to buy guy-themed gifts for the bookstore, even though it isn't hard to buy guy-themed books. We've got journals and boxed cards and bookmarks that don't scream floral, but I would say that our gift business leans more female than our book business. I went with a wine theme. Alas, the publishers mostly went with a sports theme, but no matter how hard I try, I will not sell golf-themed desk sets very well. Our loss, I guess.
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