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Book Sale and Shopping

Web posted on October 27, 2015

A Curmudgeon's View

By Les Enekes

This didn't start out to be all about shopping but like many of my columns it developed a life of it's own. First of all congratulations to the Friends of the Guelph Public Library on another successful Giant Book Sale. I found some great stuff Friday afternoon, and went back Sunday for the bargains. The location was excellent and spacious, with lots of parking. The volunteers as always did an excellent job of setting things up. Even though the selection seems to get better each year, there are some people out there holding on to titles I am looking for. I prefer to think that a I am just renting the stuff for a year, as many of the books and some of the videos I buy, get donated back. With the growing popularity of the sale, this is the size of venue they will need for next year. It certainly looks like it will be another record year for attendance and sales. As always in the spirit of full disclosure, I am not affiliated with Friends of the Guelph Public Library. I just think they have great event for a worthy cause.

The garage sale season is just about over. There might be a few more if the weather cooperates. As always, I found some interesting goodies, mostly books and videos. Nothing that would make it on Antiques Road Show. I also picked up a lot of stuffies for a certain golden retriever, hopefully enough to last the winter. I do admit I have to be careful about what I get. Except for the few things I collect, if something comes in, something has to leave. I just enjoy the hunt. I tend to be somewhat on the thrifty side. Some of my friends have used much stronger and more colourful language. I will have a lot more to say about garage sales before next season starts next spring.

The church and charity bazaar season is about to start soon. Each weekend in November and early December will have at least one good sale. Sorry no free plugs, there are too many good ones, and not enough space. I prefer to go to the ones that don't have too many people who sell from catalogues. There are always some interesting and unique gift ideas from some very creative people. If you can, spend your money here and support our local artisans and crafters. Avoid the malls, buy real gifts.

Once again, another independent retailer bites the dust. Budd's will be missed. It's becoming more and more difficult to find good local independent retailers. The older generations want to retire, and in many cases the younger generations are just not interested. Stores going back more than two generations are very hard to find. The competition for our dollars is intense with on line buying is growing by leaps and bounds, a concept that baffles me. If I cannot touch it, or try it on, I will not buy it. I am also not a great fan of large impersonal retailers for a multitude of reasons and I will avoid them unless absolutely necessary. As you can tell, my shopping habits are just a tad different from most people. Support our local retailers, they might be gone sooner than you think.

I have kept you waiting long enough. Next week I will give my post mortem on our recent election. I will be back in full curmudgeon mode, and like the campaign, it will not be pretty

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