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A vast and varied selection of used books. 326 Main Street, Placerville, California. 530-626-6454 We buy books on Monday and Friday or by appointment. Hours: Mon-Thurs 10:00 to 5:30 Fri-Sat 10:00 to 7:00 Sunday 10:00 to 4:00

Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Note from our Gift Basket Winner

We received the following letter from our gift basket winner, Kevin Trammel, and wanted to share it with our readers here:

To The Bookery, on their 30th Anniversary, and Winning the Gift-Basket Raffle

I went to The Bookery with my wife on Friday, September 6, to meet Nancy Dunk and to be given the gift-basket for having won the raffle which was held last Saturday, August 31, to celebrate the bookstore's 30th Anniversary.  I've seen Nancy many times during my visits to the store, but this was the first time I've had a conversation with her.  While Darin took some photos, Nancy shared with me briefly some of her wisdom about what it takes to start a store and the dedication and resolve that's necessary to get past the initial challenges and keep a store thriving for 30 years.  I was quite impressed with this.  Though it doesn't represent the same level of attainment, I did temporarily have a window cleaning business in Seattle, and I have several friends who have or have had their own business, and these experiences have helped me be able to appreciate the laudable attainment of keeping a business going for 30 years.  Especially one involving books during the encroachment of the electronic era.

The gift basket that Nancy gave me was such a treat.  My wife and I unwrapped it when we returned home and smiled and laughed over the items that it contained, and the thoughtfulness that had gone into the selection.  I probably shouldn't admit this, but my favorite item was the small wooden box in the shape of a die, containing five smaller dice.  I love it!  There was also a nice bottle of wine, a nifty guidebook for regional hikes, some lovely olive oil, a aromatic herbal seasoning mixture, and sundries.  It was quite fun to delve into it.  I understand that there are many fellow patrons of The Bookery who very much wanted to win this generous gift.  I'm as surprised to have won it as some may be disappointed not to. Hopefully, this little note and effort to share some of the unexpected glory of winning the prize will help compensate to some degree.

The occasion of the 30th Anniversary of The Bookery is just a great opportunity to be thankful that there are still brick and mortar bookshops in the world and that we are all fortunate enough to have one of them in our neighborhood.  As I'm sure most patrons of used bookstores feel, the enjoyment of books for me is not only in what they provide as something to read and reflect upon, but also because they are a tactile, tangible article with color, art, texture and fragrance.  There’s unique value in having a book to take on a hike in the mountains, or to quietly enjoy in a comfy chair by the fireside, or, when the power is out, to have something to read out loud with a friend by candle light.

Thanks again for the gift basket to Nancy and Celia, and to the rest of the folks who help make The Bookery the fine bookshop that it is. 

Saturday, September 7, 2013


We are so pleased to announce that our 30th anniversary party last weekend was a smashing success, and thank you to all who came, contributed, and celebrated in so many ways.

It was so wonderful to have all our friends and family and supportive customers gather around and help us celebrate 30 years of business.

Guests came from far and near, old friends and new....

Many enjoyed looking through our Bookery scrapbook.

And we received gorgeous flowers bouquets in abundance to help us keep the celebration going through the coming week.

Guests had delicious refreshments....

Even Abby the dog couldn't miss out on a little treat.

And we all enjoyed special musical guests. Not only does Keith Jackson keep our backs in shape with his excellent chiropractic work, he also plays beautiful music with his wife Kathy.

Another secret musical talent: our very own Brian Lux treated us to some lovely guitar tunes.

The Bookery family's youngest new reader, Lucy, enjoying some books with daddy Darin.

And learning to walk in the Bookery aisles with mama Heather.

Don't forget about our exciting gift basket that we raffled during the preceding week.

Little Lucy got to draw the winning ticket!

Customer Kevin Trammel was our lucky winner! Here he is picking up his treasure this week at the Bookery.

All in all, our 30th was a great reminder of how much hard work and FUN we've had over the years. These two ladies ended the night so tired but so happy.

Thank you Nancy and Celia for contributing such a wonderful gem to Main Street Placerville. Long live the Bookery!