Mary Alice Wilson, owner of Dark Star Books in Yellow Springs, Ohio. sent an email to the store on how her shop is handling COVID-19
“Dark Star is doing ok with ebay and one employee. Our comic guy whom we laid off, is getting
the unemployment boost to his check . The check is for more than his
salary. he was hinting it would be good thing if he stayed laid off. and that
we hire a newbie. Kate wasn't good with that idea!
Our Gov. De Wine just announced plans for the future. First doctor, dentist and then veterinarian. then construction and factory work. and on May 12, WE can open. Already have the $335 plastic shield at cash
register. trying to buy a large hand sanitizer dispenser for at the front
door, which is hard to find.
However, i could see Magic and Pokemon games with a plastic shield
between the players across from each other.
I don't really know much about gaming, but it might work.
One of our staff has been making masks like a demon - and
today i saw one with clear plastic over the mouth area, so folks a little hard
of hearing, like me, can read lips a bit.
i either have to have visitors lift the mask up or have someone tell me what they said. Getting folks to just talk louder doesn't
seem to be in my skill set. Our staff
mask maker said, “oh yes, I know about
those”. Well, MAKE some, for goodness
sake. i wouldn't know how. I said, there is one thing a comic book
store has, is plastic, and Mylar.
Hoarding is great! I
don't know why I bought - and much less KEPT - bathroom decals from the 30's; a
whole box full of boxed 12" figures from the 70'S (well i know NOW it was
a good idea - best one sold for $400);
boxes full of mads and cracked and warren mags like elvira.....we have a double
house. The other side was was where we put stuff we didn't know what to do with
after we bought it. or stuff that came
in while buying things we DID know what to do with. but along comes our staff member Kate and her
pop culture know how, and all that stuff now has price tags. Being in the book biz means we had hoarded
lots of first editions for when we got an on-line presence. Well we have that now, and 1700+ items
currently listed. Some of the things
that sell are from early days. we sold
something the other day that had been on
eBay for 10 years, maybe, and i cringed at the way it was listed and the price
- too low - but hey, it sold, that's all good.