Messy Store, Happy Me

I stopped at Barnes & Noble the other day.

As soon as I stepped inside the store I realized that the entire bookstore was in the process of a major re-do.  All the main aisles had long tables extending lengthwise down the middle of them.  All the smaller side aisles had push carts piled with books.  The place was a mess.

And I couldn’t have been any more pleased.

So, slightly giddy with the sense of adventure that comes from exploring the unknown, I started on a Treasure Hunt— looking at the 80% off books on the long tables.  It was like browsing at a library used book sale where you never know what you might find. Naturally I found a few books I needed.

Then I decided to search with purpose for the books that I’d come into the store to buy.   That’s when the real fun started as I began my own little game of I Spy.

On the walls were the old signs that told me what used to be in each section of the store– with the new, different books underneath each sign. Which meant that…

  • I found Humor under Cookbooks.  Well, yes… I have made a number of miserable meals that elicited laughs.
  • I found Sports under Photography.  Which, considering how much bending and leaning I do to take a good photo, seemed somewhat accurate to me.
  • I found Home Decor under New Age/Philosophy.  Which sort of made sense to me… in a very existential, post-modern, Unhappy Hipsters sort of way.

I don’t know why this shopping trip entertained me so, but it did. Adventure. Absurdity. New [discounted] books. And a story to tell.

What’s not to like?

… It’s a quiet life I live, but a happy one.  

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Ally Bean

Observant wordsmith. Humorous. Fond of foibles. Curious. Delighted by design. Adaptable. Midwestern by chance.

6 thoughts on “Messy Store, Happy Me”

  1. Tim and I spent many days at Borders a couple of months ago when they were closing the store. I agree that it was so much fun to see what was discounted each time we visited. I found several books and cards and a 2012 calendar for so much cheaper than the original price! Tim kept coming home with a book here and there that he couldn’t live without, as he checked out the merchandise on many lunch hours. Fun, fun, fun!!!

  2. Beth, it was fun– and so goofy to see what I’d stumble upon next. I’m going to be sad when I go there next and everything is all perfect again.

  3. Quiet lives are the happiest. I like how blogging lets you see inside of them. Bookstore meandering is my favorite rainy day pastime. Glad yours had a special mission!

  4. Margaret, I did embrace the random. I was tickled pink by it, as a matter of fact.

    kacey, I managed to get the books I wanted– and wander around for an hour, too. Meandering is good… in my book. [Pun intended.]

    la p, thanks. Book heaven it was, indeed.

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