This past Saturday, Jim helped me pack up much of my Avid inventory. We got to the Flicker Theatre & Bar just in time to grab one of the last available selling spaces--the other merchants had definitely beat us there. Turns out it took longer than I'd expected to stow 200+ books, tables, and a bookshelf in a '96 Maxima. That being said, we got a prime spot alongside that trademark, two-toned wall and got to work.
Throughout the day, we met lots of new folks, encountered some people whose names we knew via the Internet but had never met in person, and of course chatted with many well-known friends and locals. I'm happy to report that the sale was a smashing success: even those who chose not to buy a book were thrilled to learn more about Athens's own community bookstore. We passed out promotional postcards, got people to sign up for our newsletter, and sold a lot of books!
Here are a handful of photographs from the Flicker Holiday Market. As usual, Blogger isn't cooperating with me as I try to add captions to the pictures, so I'll just tell you what's what here. The first couple of shots are of our display. Then you'll find photos of me with Jim (my #1 Avid sidekick/helper/coworker/beau) and one of my talented friend Lauren Gallaspy with her husband Andy. I'll close out the collection with a snapshot of Baby Kringle & Ma and one of a half-hidden Kate Mikulka with Don Chambers in the foreground. We were so busy talking to folks that we didn't get much of a chance to photograph the other vendors! From what I hear, everyone was pleased with his or her sales and we may have another market in the spring. Special thanks to Kate Mikulka (of Mikulka Polish Foods) and the Flicker.