Old Bag Lady Books
Sun CIty Center, Florida, USA
Old Bag Lady Books specializes in African American History, Florida History, Illustrated/Juvenile, Michigan History, Military / Unit Histories, Out-Of-Print, Transportation, Travel.
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About Old Bag Lady Books
Old Bag Lady Books & Stuff began as Center Aisle Books in 1991 as a 'brick and mortar' store in Michigan. We relocated to Saint Augustine, FL and then moved to SW FL where we sold from an antique mall until Hurricane Charley blew it away. We are now an internet only seller - unit histories, Florida & MI history and other quality out-of-print and collectible books.
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All books returnable within 5 days (of receipt) in same condition as shipped - unless specifically excluded at time of sale (example: yearbooks). Postage paid both ways by buyer unless we make an error. Shipping costs vary according to book weight,location of buyer and delivery service (UPS/USPS).
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Interview with Madlyn Blom of Old Bag Lady Books
- When did you get started in bookselling?
- In January 1992 I opened my first open shop in Holland, MI. We moved it to St. Augustine, FL and then went to on-line and antique store selling while still doing the St. Petersburg Antiquarian Bookfair annually.
- What drew you to bookselling?
- Oh, I think I'm the average - I always wanted to do it - type.
- Did you have any mentors in becoming a bookseller?
- Yes, definitely! Frank Mercantante was a long time Western Americana specialist who guided me tremendously. Other dealers in the Holland, MI area and all of the dealers who did shows - they all helped me learn and I hope I currently give back to the newbies.
- What are your specialties as a dealer?
- I love African American history and biographies or multi-racial children 'pre 1960s. But, to actually make money as a dealer, I carry a diversity of topics including many on guns, cities/state histories, international fiction (set outside the U.S.) and books-on-books along with many other topics.
- What's the most amazing book you've ever sold?
- I sold a miniature book to the author of a bibliography of the artist in the book. She had never actually seen the book that she bought although it was noted in her reference. That was fun!
- What is your favorite part of being a bookseller?
- Finding a lot of book topics I didn't know existed! An example would be the many genres of mysteries. Who knew there was an entire section of "chocolate" mysteries? Of course the bookseller mysteries are a favorite genre for me to read but I also now have a small collection of RVing mysteries!
- Do you have an open storefront or have you in the past?
- Yes, I've had two in the past (Holland, MI. At. Augustine, FL), but not now. Too many people were finding a book in the store that they wanted and then went home to order it more cheaply on Amazon - and then tell me what they did!
- If so, do/did you have any bookstore pets?
- Oh, yes. I had Casper the old, white cat in Holland and then Page, the bookstore dog, in St. Augustine. Both pets were good to have around but are both "gone" now.
- What is the funniest / strangest / scariest thing that ever happened in your store?
- In Holland a woman was angry that I wouldn't buy her box of Time-Life Photography books. I had customers in the store and yet she began yelling at me - and cussing - and she just wouldn't stop!
- What is your favorite bookshop (other than your own)?
- I'm currently president of the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association and I don't think I'd be re-elected if i chose just one shop! So my answer is: all the FABA member bookstores!
- What do you personally like to read? Collect?
- I like to read biographies and (book store) mysteries. As for collecting, I like to keep as many of the biographies of bi-racial pre 1960s as I can afford to not sell!
- What's your favorite book you personally own? Would you sell it, if the price were right?
- I'm a bookseller - I'd sell ANY book I own for the right price! Then I'd set out to find another copy.
- What one book would you buy if price were no object?
- I would have to give that a lot more thought - I really don't know. Having seen so many luscious looking books, I don't know how I'd choose. However, there is a magazine I've been looking for for about 20 years (Windows 1899 with L. Frank Baum)