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Don't get me wrong. It's not that I'm not on board with the whole ebook thing. I enjoy books in all their formats. But there is nothing quite like a bookstore with its neatly arranged shelves of books and artfully created displays of new arrivals, best sellers, and suggested reading. I especially enjoy discovering small, independent bookstores and have made it my mission to visit and report back on as many of these gems as I can. That is my focus, but there is really nothing that is off limits as long as it is about books or reading. Hope you enjoy my blog and come back often.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A Man for All Seasons, A Bookstore for One

Booked For The Season
439 Butler Street
Saugatuck, MI

If you are the kind of book lover that I am, you probably have lots of books, right? No, actually lots of books doesn't begin to describe it. If you are the kind of book lover that I am, you have piles of books. Everywhere. You have piles of books on the floor. You have piles of books on tabletops. You have piles of books on chair seats. And you probably have a pile on the nightstand that just seems to grow. You have shelves full of books, drawers full of books, bags and boxes full of books. What do you do when you become overrun with books? Well, if you are Tim Lux, you open a bookstore. Yes, when his attic filled up with books, this book lover decided to open a bookstore, and the first Booked For The Season store was born. That's right, I said first store. Tim didn't stop with one. A couple of summers ago, I had the pleasure of discovering his store in Pentwater. (See earlier post.) And just recently, I enjoyed perusing his shop in the artsy tourist town of Saugatuck, Michigan.

Tim Lux, Booked For The Season owner
Across a parking lot, next to some tennis courts, in a small strip of businesses, recessed from Saugatuck's main street of quaint shops, art studios, and caf├ęs, Booked For The Season is a little difficult to find at first. Tim jokes that if you can find the place, you get a free book. (Actually, buy one book and get a second one free, but a good deal nonetheless.)

I arrived at the shop a little before it was time to open and was somewhat confused at first since I could see people browsing the shelves even though the door was locked. I soon learned that BFTS has a friendly agreement with the folks at Back to the Fuchsia, the adjacent flower shop. They are happy to let book shoppers into the store and will even ring up a purchase if the owner still has not arrived by the time you make up your mind. Fortunately, moments after one of the other customers opened the door for me, Tim arrived to officially open the store.

Like the store in Pentwater, the Saugatuck location, Tim's most recent, is also a consignment bookstore. Customers become members and bring their own previously loved volumes into BFTS where Tim prices, displays, and sells them. Members receive a cut of the profits in the form of either store credit or a check. New bookstore remainders are also displayed and sold at half or more off the list price. There's even a children's and young adult section as well as an audio book selection.

The store resides in space formerly occupied by an interior decorator. Tim says he recently decided to open it up a bit by tearing out the ceiling and leaving the exposed rafters. Though the ceiling may have an attic look, there is no overflowing, dusty attic feel in this tidy shop. Its eclectic decor and music along with comfortable seating provide a relaxing atmosphere. There are no messy piles of books on the floor of this used bookstore. Everything is neatly arranged and artistically displayed.

As with the other store, the Saugatuck BFTS is open only during the tourist months. Tim has plans to open other locations and is actually kicking around the idea of opening a year-round store in Florida. I wonder if it would still be called Booked For The Season.

While his stores are open only for the tourist season, the owner, himself, is a man for all seasons. He studied computer science in college and has worked in robotics at Motorola. He has painted cars and owned a body shop in Florida. And he is licensed to drive a bus. All further proving my belief that book lovers are varied and interesting people.

Setting up his stores in vacation spots, Tim has found a valuable niche. I look forward to future stores and future Booked For The Season adventures.

Note: Facebook users can find the store on Facebook at:  Booked For The Season.

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