I’m a Vulture

With Borders entering bankruptcy, they’re holding sales at the 200-some stores that will be closing. It’s not exactly a fire sale, as I found out yesterday when I drove to the Borders in Ann Arbor that’s closing (it’s the one located at the Arborland mall).

There are signs in the windows and hanging from the ceiling and shelves declaring everything is 20% – 40% off regular price. Which is great for paperbacks, kids books, and even a Ghirardelli chocolate-caramel candy bar I picked up. But not so good for music DVDs or best-selling hardcovers. Especially since all sales are final. So if the DVD or CD you could have bought for even less at a music store, Best Buy, or Target has a scratch then you are, as we used to say in the neighborhood, “shit out of luck.” Also, none of the e-readers (Kobo, Velocity Cruz, or Sony) were included in the sale.

The checkout line was very long. I waited close to a half-hour it seemed to buy the books (and bar of chocolate). A couple of people in the line next to me wondered whether the workers at the registers were going to ask us where we were weeks and months ago, to keep the stores open? None did when I paid for my loot.

Here is what I bought,

What’s Wrong Little Pookie? by Sandra Boynton
Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman
Olivia Takes a Trip by Ellie O’Ryan
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss
In Search of Lost Time, Vol. 1, by Proust (Modern Library Edition)
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales (Hardcover)
Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate and Caramel bar

The first two were for my toddler daughter. The next two were for my son who is in kindergarten. The next three were for me, though my wife (as I had thought) wants to read the Atwood. The last was for my wife, the Big Buffy fan in the house. It’s an anthology of all the Tales of the Slayers comics.

I toyed with buying Vol. 2 of In Search of Lost Time, but when it comes to Proust I’m a commitment-phobe.

Since I had driven all the way to Ann Arbor (there is no Borders in the Lansing area, though we do have Barnes & Noble and a very good local chain in Schuler’s), I stopped at Trader Joe’s to pick up a few things. Lansing also does not have a Trader Joe’s. Nor does it have a Whole Foods.

When I first arrived at the store, the checkout line wound from the front of the store to the back and then about a quarter of the back towards the front. By the time I took my place in line, it only went to the back of the store. There was still plenty of merchandise in the store, including Legos. I was tempted to pick up some for my son, but he has more than enough right now.

P.S. I just finished the first part of Don Quixote. The parts that center on Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are great. The parts where they relate the tales of Cardenio, the story of the captured gentleman with the Moor-bride-to-be, etc. bored me a bit. Probably because they seemed fairly standard tales of romance and adventure that would not have been out of place word-for-word in Bocaccio’s Decameron.


3 thoughts on “I’m a Vulture

  1. I am going to be hitting up my local Borders next week, hoping to possible find a few GREAT deals…we will see.
    I commend you on the chocolate purchase and the stop at Trader Joe’s 🙂
    But yes, I would be a very upset employee wondering why the heck the store couldn’t have figured how to have these types of sales and customer traffic a long time ago. More unemployed 😦 😦

    • I feel bad for the employees. There are more than enough unemployed people right now.

      • Yes there is.
        So I hit up the Borders early. I purchased 7 books and singing birthday card, but put the chocolate back at the last minute.
        Then I got into my car and realized…was it ironic that I purchased books on how to help in my craft of writing from a bookstore that is closing??

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