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"Preferred Customers" of our largest local bookstore, Novel Idea, received a letter last night inviting us to a special early opportunity to get in on their big clearance sale. They are closing down both locations, selling "to the bare walls" as the saying goes, fixtures and all.
I read the letter last night, and was overcome with a powerful sadness. I talk a lot about buying local when I can, but just a couple of weeks ago Borders had their big educator appreciation sale, and we bought $60 worth of books, CDs, etc. That's probably more than I've spent at Novel Idea in two years.
Sad to say, but my only contribution to the last gasp of a wonderful bookstore may be the purchase of some of their bookshelves for our new home.