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5 March, 2021

DAILY YARN: Bookstore owner Natalie Stanley meets local booklovers

THIS MORNING Words and Paper got a visit from an older lady who was in the mood for a pleasant chat.

By Michael R Williams

Bookstore owner Natalie Stanley by her bookshelf inside Little Market Co

THIS MORNING Words and Paper got a visit from an older lady who was in the mood for a pleasant chat.

Bookstore owner Natalie Stanley said she was “wrapped” to be able to share her love of books with a local.

“A little old lady who came in and brought some books with her. And she and I had a chat about some of the authors that she likes, and I was able to sort of suggest a couple of authors for her and she left happy,” Ms Stanley said.

“I just enjoy that being able to connect people with books that they enjoy and that was just a nice little experience.

“I’ll be telling my hubby when I get home.”

Ms Stanley has been running her books selling business for three years now, but it has really started to grow since she became a co-manager of Little Market Co in May last year.

“I have a big passion for books,” she said, “and I’m now starting to feel like I’m getting traction this year and I’m to get a customer base.”

“I really only started with about one shelf worth of books and just grown from there into the room that I’ve got now.”

She said there have been challenges but the business is really picking up.

“The biggest challenge with starting a small bookshop is actually being able to get the accounts with the publishers because I can’t buy big bulk amounts so getting certain accounts with big publishers can be a little bit tricky.”

Words and Paper holds QnA events will local authors. L. J. Higgins will be speaking in July this year.

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