For those of you who have followed my blog for some time now, you know that I used to work as a manager at a bookstore for about 10+ years. I have since been a very part-time bookseller since I was laid off 2 1/2 years ago. I have never said what company I worked for because I wished to be anonymous, considering i still worked for the company.
With the recent news of Borders Bookstores going into complete liquidation, I feel this is the right time to share with you all that Borders was the company that I worked for.
I share this with you all because of the intense grief I feel about it all. For the last two days since the announcement, not surprising to those in the field, I have spent many moments reminiscing with old co-workers, friends and fans about our experiences with working at
our wonderful bookstores.
Everyone has their favorite bookstore and Borders may not be it for many but it was 13 years of learning for me with wonderful people of similar nature.
I am saddened by the turn of events and wish luck to the 1000s of employees
who are going to be out of a job.
If you happen to be near a Borders store and wish to shop, be kind. Liquidators take over and it becomes a mean, flee market, crazy type sale where customers elbow you out of the way and outbid each other. Unfortunate. But the Borders employees are still behind those registers.
I will be one of them. They will be sad, tired and not wanting to "haggle" with you because you might be too cheap to pay $1.00 for the latest Janet Evanovich. (sigh)
And, please, if you have an opinion against Borders, refrain from "I told you sos". bleh.
A fallen bookstore is a fallen bookstore and it hurts us all...all booksellers alike.
This is a huge blow to the book industry and I am too sad to write anymore.
red headed book child