Confessions of a Thankful Bookseller

The Holiday Season, specifically around Thanksgiving, brings about reflection and a time to give thanks for the things and people in our lives, that make it great. Recently, I was asked how long I had been working at Vroman’s. It suddenly struck me that my 7 year anniversary had passed, and I hadn’t even noticed. Our store has been so busy lately, and my job roles have been expanding, which are both awesome things! However, I was so excited to get to 7 years, and when the day finally came, I missed it completely! So now, I would like to talk a little about the store that has helped raise me, helped me grow into a productive and confident individual, and the things that people can do, to help my beautiful store thrive.

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As some of you know, I have been working at Vroman’s, since I was 19 years old. When I started I was a shy & naive beginning college student. I think that Vroman’s with it’s accepting environment and amazing leaders, played an equal role with my college, in teaching me about the world. I have worked with people of all races and genders, male and female bosses, and have been a part of three different departments. All have been amazing experiences. I have opened and closed the store, received books as well as shelved them, made recommendations and rang people up. I have learned how to better communicate with people, and have expanded my reading preferences. For all these things and more, I am so thankful. For anyone who is just starting at Vroman’s (shout out to the holiday hires!), I hope you enjoy every second. I started as a seasonal employee, and know that you won’t regret it. ❤

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I write this post on Black Friday, a day where as a society, we search for the greatest deals; a day to check off items on Christmas lists. While I TOTALLY understand that, I implore you to come to Vroman’s tomorrow. Actually any independently owned business, for that matter. Why? Because tomorrow is #IndiesFirst & #SmallBusinessSaturday!

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This is a great day to support local and small businesses in your community. Some bookstores may even have special guests coming! See below for the authors coming to our three stores!

Vroman’s Bookstore:

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Vroman’s Hastings Ranch:

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& Book Soup (in West Hollywood):

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I hope that you can make it out! It would mean a lot to me, I’m sure it would mean a lot to your communities, and what a great way to say thank you to the local businesses that watched you grow up.

❤ Jen in the Bookstore

**Images by Giphy, Vroman’s Bookstore and the American Booksellers Association.**

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