I have loved books and used bookstores all my life.
For as long as I can remember, books have been my escape, my delight and my companion.
Readers are a special breed.
I have worked as a bookseller for a Big Box Store, a stay-at-home parent, a Barista, a Social Worker at a Pregnancy Centre, an Adoptions Worker and a Foster Parent. When we stopped Fostering, my heart needed some comfort - I turned to books and a local bookstore. It was at this point that I began to resurrect an idea that has been brewing in my mind for many years: a mobile used bookshop. This always seemed like a bizarre notion, because I looked around and saw nothing like this... until I heard a podcast one day that reminded me "just because it doesn't already exist doesn't mean it SHOULDN'T exist", and I began researching the mobile book idea.
I loved discovering that my idea is actually an old one, when traveling peddlers would come into villages and towns in a horse-drawn wagon to sell their wares... and bookmobiles were borne out a desire to share books with people who were far from local libraries. This made my heart beat faster. These were my people.
Why do we have to pay so much for books? Why do we settle for a click and delivery shopping experience when we could connect with other humans, and share our love for books? How can I blend my love for community with my love for stories? How can I inspire others to expect something more personal from their book shopping experience?
I had the answer:
A BookShop on wheels.
Thanks to the remarkable generosity of my husband, Mark, who has a DBA and speaks the language of Business and Technology, we decided "Let's just go for it!". Our teenage daughters stand back, wondering what the heck has happened to their predictable parents.
We began collecting inventory, bought the truck, and began to get ridiculously excited about creating an opportunity to share books with readers in the Edmonton area who wanted a whimsical and innovative way to do something they had been doing on autopilot for years: book shopping.
So, here we are.
With Edmonton's First Mobile Bookshop, for YOU.
One Page at a Time,