A while ago while surfing the net, I ran across the most intriguing blog I’ve found in a long time. I had to follow. The blog is about an online store, March House Books, which has been around about 15 years. Of course, I had to check out the store and I’m glad I did. Books, books, books, and more books.
“Ok,” you ask, “what’s so unique about that?”
“It’s the type of books!” I respond, all excited. “Although I don’t have children in my house any more, I love books of any kind. If you favor all types of books or are a collector of rare books, this blog is for you.”A child's day written by Walter de la mare with photographic illustrations by Carine and Will Cadby. A poem all about Elizabeth Ann and what she does in a day.
“Huh?” You ask. “There’s tons of these stores on line. Why are you excited about finding another book store?”
“Sorry. The books are so much fun. Let me be more professional. Ahem.”
The blog and website are run by the nicest lady - Barbara Fisher from the UK, who truly loves what she does. Barbara is unique collector – she collects ‘gently used’ books, rare, and out of print for resale. Some she just adds to her private collection.
Not just any book. Barbara searches out Children’s Books, Illustrated Books, and a few general items such as Vintage Sheet Music. On her website she lists authors and books she has available and ones she hopes to find.
As you can see by the pictures, she does a great job finding these precious reads. If you’ve been looking for a child’s book from your youth, want an unusual and priceless gift for someone, or have one of these books she’s looking for, check out her online store.
From marchhousecom's blog: 'This is always a moment we dread, but this time it was going to be so much worse, not only a steep ascent into a dark and no doubt spider infested attic but four flights of stairs to climb – and more importantly four flights of stairs and a ladder to get the books down. Oh joy of joys! So imagine our delight on finding a beautifully converted attic bedroom with amazing views across the city and books neatly arranged on shelves and in boxes. We spent a very enjoyable hour browsing and chatting and came home with some nice stock and good memories of a day well spent. '
She just blogged about Pookie Books. I’d not heard of them, but the covers are darling. Pookie is a small white rabbit with wings. What a novel idea. Why didn’t we think of this, writers?
Barbara goes where-ever these wonderful books can be found, including auctions. She also frequents fetes and pageants. What a fun job!
Sometimes she blogs about ‘Sundry Bits and Bobs,’ where she talks about different subjects. I love reading this – they are always interesting and full of good information.
One of my favorite topics is about the items she finds in used books: postcards written to someone, bookmarks, a folding calendar, pictures from other books, and Book Tokens. Book Tokens, in case you don’t know (I didn’t), are:
A book token is a form of gift voucher redeemable in participating bookshops as an alternative to cash, as a means of exchange in a transaction involving the purchase of a book or books.
The first book token was launched in the UK in 1932. It was invented by Harold Raymond, an English publisher who found at a Christmas in the 1920s that his friends had received a collective total of three books out of 119 total gifts. This book token has now grown into one of the largest multi-retail gift vouchers and was renamed "National Book Tokens" in 2000, the year the token was also sold online for the first time by firstbookshop.com.
National book token gift voucher schemes also run in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Norway. (Wikipedia)
“Hmm,” you say, “how do I see which books she has and purchase one or several?” Good question.
Just go to March House Books website: http://www.marchhousebooks.com
There you’ll find an online catalogue. You can search by different categories including author and ISBN. She also has articles on the authors. It’s very user friendly. Be sure and take a look at it and her blog too (don’t forget to click follow so you can read about her unique finds): http://www.marchhousebookscom.blogspot.com
How could I not like Barbara and her books? It is refreshing to see someone trying to save these books and sell them to people who really want them. Besides, Barbara is a dog lover and you all know how I love dogs. Their sweet Rosie, a Cairn terrier was put to rest not that long ago. I saw some pictures of this lovely pet. So many of us know this loss and how empty our homes feel without them. I wish the best for Barbara and her husband, and know that they will see Rosie again some day.
Kudos to you, Barbara, for your dedicated work in finding and reselling children’s books. May your store receive the recognition and sales you deserve. May you continue to find these rare, collectible books; and may you enjoy every minute of your searches.