Instead of having people just heap their books all together on one table at the Book Swap I have divided the books up into categories.
I used 8.5″ by 11″ card stock folded in half for table labels. I hand-printed the various categories and spread them throughout the house.
Since the books will be spread all over the ground floor of the house, including the porch, I’ve made a simple map to guide folks to the various piles of books both for contributing the books they brought and taking the ones they want.
The kitchen, while not housing any books, will be the service area for our food. That’s on the map as well.
We’ve had quite a bit of rain this week so our thoughts of people eating outside has sort of fallen by the wayside as the yard is fairly wet and in some places muddy.
Still there’s plenty of seating in the kitchen, in the living room and in the conservatory.
This morning we’re finishing up the food prep and waiting for everyone to show up.
Back in 2014 Charlie had built a ramp into the house so any friends with mobility problems could have a way into the house.
Then he and son removed it to give the front of the house a neater appearance.
Since we are having a Book Swap on Saturday and expecting many people we thought it was a good time to put the ramp back in place. Our son came over to help carry the heavy, awkward ramp from its storage spot. Not finding Charlie, he dragged it to the right spot alone. Strong fellow.
Then Charlie, using some old wood, added bracing to the center for added security. Unfortunately this made it heavier yet.
Now it’s in place, ready for Saturday. I have walk-off mats to equalize the breaks between the ramp, the platform and the doorway.
It was much like the flooring we had installed in the new sections of the house except the finish was a little rougher. We got a quote for the conservatory floor but intend to look at a few more places before we make a decision.
Just next door to Lumber Liquidators was a Party City where we stopped to buy plates, napkins, and cups for next week’s party.
Finally we went to the Timberland outlet to buy shoes for Charlie and me that we could hike and ride mules when we get to the Grand Canyon this fall.
Have you had experience with discount flooring stores?
One departure from my usual presentation will be paper plates and napkins and plastic utensils and cups. That is not my usual M.O. but with the main focus being “the books,” disposable products should simplify our serving and cleaning up process.
I don’t want to forget easily accessible trash bins.