It has been a very busy and exciting week this past week as we threw our first Halloween party at Murphy's. While most of the staff was busy with that, we also made three new additions to the website. All of them are pretty exciting for me, and I hope they will resonate with the community.
1. The Blog
Now this one shouldn't be a surprise to you since you are reading this right now on the blog. But three is a better number for a list than two, and it is new. Outside of a delightful Halloween video with Sydney, (who is four years old and has asked me repeatedly for a youtube channel) this is the only post so far.
I'm hoping that this blog will end up being the place where I am able to keep everyone up to date with what we are working on. Posts on Facebook and other sites get lost so quickly into the oblivion of cat videos, cute babies, and indulgently curated selfies, that I want there to be one place in the world that is ours. Me and you. Because I am under no illusion that any of what we have built would be there at all without this community.
2. The Volunteer Page
We have had a volunteer program for the past two years at the DBS Warehouse Sale, and it has been one of the reasons we are able to give away so many books and keep our prices so low. Volunteers earn free books by helping out at the warehouse and there will soon be opportunities at Murphy's as well. You can learn more here.
3. The Online Store
This is the most exciting one for me. I've been working on this for awhile, and we are finally able to launch our first e-commerce site. It will get more robust over time, but for now you can find it here. We are really excited about it and as far as I know, this site will be relatively unique.
Our online store will be a place to buy used assorted lots of books in bulk, for cheap, and have them shipped anywhere in the U.S. for $5.00 per order. You can also choose to come and pick them up for free. (We do need two days to process the orders for pickup.)
Right now we are only selling children's sets in bulk, but we have everything from Goosebumps and Magic Treehouse, to Level Readers and Little Golden Books, and everything in between.
Most assorted sets include either 10 or 20 books in a particular series with NO DUPLICATES. We aren't able to offer individual title requests in these lots, which is one of the ways we keep them so cheap.
Right now we have 18 assorted sets for sale in various quantities depending on the series. This is going to be a great way to get affordable books into communities outside of the Miami Valley.
To celebrate the opening of the new online store we are offering a discount until November 15th. During checkout you just use the discount code LAUNCH, and you'll receive 20% off your entire order.
We have done so much together already, and I think we are just getting started.
Thank you all so much,
The First One is on Us :)