As thanks to our loyal customers who continue to bring in great stock for the store AND take books home, we offer the chance to use 100% store credit on used, non-consignment items throughout the store (not including sales tax). If your store credit has been piling up, this is your chance to Christmas shop or restock your To Be Read pile. If you have any questions, please give us a call. 760-873-6882
Since I try to celebrate one holiday/season at a time, I tend to have a lot of “last minute” things on my list. (I also claim all 12 days of Christmas to celebrate, so I think there is still time…) If you are in that boat too, stop in! We are still in full Christmas mode here, and have lots of giftable books and other things, including gift certificates, to finish the shopping list. Our Storybook Tree Contest goes through the end of the year, and we are
sampling different delicious teas every day. Most of the teas are organic, some herbal, some black as well as green. Just added some nice new organic hot cocoa to improve the hot drinks line too. Get out of the cold and stop in for a visit!
Our holiday hours will be short on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, 10:00 to 2:00ish, and we will of course be closed on Christmas Day and New Year Day. January will see the start of some more limited winter hours as well.
Merry Christmas, all twelve days of it, Happy Solstice and other seasonal celebrations, and best wishes for the New Year!
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While I will probably never complete a quilt with my thread tangling tendencies, I can certainly dream and admire others’ handiwork. The stack of quilting books we have in now are just perfect for that, or for actually designing a quilt if you are more coordinated than me. These are some beauties, with interesting reading in addition to attractive patterns!
In the dreaming category, what could be better than lovely quilts in gardens, with picnic recipes to go along with each masterpiece? Patchwork Picnic by Suzette Halferty and Nancy J. Martin is truly beautiful, and if I never manage the patriotic Stars and Stripes quilt, I could probably accomplish the Fresh Tomato Tart, so that is something! While most of the recipes in the I’d Rather Be Quilting Cookbook sound like the tasty concoctions of a quilting grandma, I had to smile at the Sauteed Liver recipe accompanying the Kansas Troubles quilt pattern…there would be trouble at the dinner table if not in Kansas! The author writes for the Winged Square pattern which inspired an oven fried chicken recipe, “Winged Square looks very much like a pre-Columbian Indian picture of an owl flying overhead. The designer of this block could easily have had in mind the flapping wings of the young rooster which was about to become oven-fried chicken.” I am positive you have never thought about your quilt patterns or your dinner this way! This copy is signed by all three authors, and I don’t know which of these ladies are quilting grandmas, if any.
Plain and Fancy, Vermont’s People and Their Quilts by Richard L. Cleveland and Donna Bister is another quilt book meant for reading. Great historic photos fill the pages along with many stunning old quilts like a Slashed Star pattern or an embroidered Kate Greenaway style beauty. The artwork in Quiltscapes by Rebecca Barker is exactly that, art. She has painted her quilt patterns blended into lovely settings just to inspire you. Who could pass up the blue and yellow geometrics of the Lighthouse pattern surrounding a windblown lighthouse scene with seagulls flying? The practical patterns and measurements are included too. Takako Onoyama has also brought us a beautiful book Honoring the Seasons, Quilts from Japan’s Quilt House Yama. Her store in Japan opened in 1976 to a puzzled but increasingly enthusiastic clientele, and her quilts blend traditional American patterns and techniques with Japanese materials, themes and design. It all comes out well, and makes for interesting reading!
For you practical minded quilters, we have a slew of inspired pattern books, from Beyond the Blocks, Quilts with Great Borders by Nancy J. Martin, to Quilts for Baby, Easy as ABC by Ursula Reikes, or Chameleon Quilts, Versatile Looks Using Traditional Patterns by Margrit Hall. It is amazing how different a basic Log Cabin quilt can look with different treatments! Advanced quilters will appreciate the plethora of unique combinations in A Colourful Journey, including items like pillows and table runners as well as bed quilts and throws.
I’ve seen memory quilts made from dad’s shirts, T-shirts, baby clothes and of course crazy quilts made from lovely scraps. Shirley Botsford’s Daddy’s Ties book presents patterns for quilting with the gorgeous silk patterns from dad’s old ties. These are some great ideas, from Christmas ornaments, to lampshades to full quilts. There are some practical considerations too, like how to take apart a tie and wash that fragile fabric. These are pretty unique! If you need more unique quilting design ideas, try one of the design coloring books like Swirling Designs by Get Grama. These would look fantastic quilted!
One last favorite to consider, Quilts from Larkspur Farm by Pamela Mostek and Jean Van Bockel. Larkspur Farm is a beautiful flower farm, cottage rental and wedding venue. Flowery quilts are spread around the grounds with patterns and instructions on other enhancing projects, like holding a garden tea party or making a blackberry pie. Big sigh, everyone would like to move in here I imagine.
Did I mention all Quilting books are on sale this month? 15% off!
Yes I am shamelessly “borrowing” these ideas from other bookstores, but I think they are okay with it…
Don’t get sucked into the dismal, quagmire of Black Friday shopping- what a terrible idea anyway! Makes you think of the Stockmarket Crash and other catasrophic events. I know braving the crowds in a mall would be catastrophic for MY holiday mood. Now Plaid Friday is much more colorful, diverse, and just plain interesting, just like shopping in our local bookstores, right? And Cyber Monday? Why bother when you can enjoy Cider Monday at Range & River Books. We’ll serve hot spiced cider all day, offer up some special deals, and even gift wrap!
The Cider Monday idea comes from the well named Toadstool Booksops in New Hampshire. Here is what the owner, Willard Williams, says about the shopping event, which I cannot put any better:
Shoppers are promised cider, smiling servers that will not crash, personal service and advice, the opportunity to touch and try before adding to the cart (err… armful), no logins or passwords, payment in cash if desired, and always free freight. Simply take your purchases home with you, no charge.
Locally owned stores everywhere are invited to join in this year’s celebrations.
Please come celebrate the new store and our big move with us! Saturday afternoon and evening we’ll have party food, some music, door prizes, sales, and other fun stuff. Visit with your friends, or stake a spot on the front porch to watch the classic cars parade! Most of the boxes will be unpacked, the ice cream will be ready, and coffee will be brewing, all we need is you here to celebrate!
With 50,000 books to sort through, prioritize and pack, we are going to need a little time to be ready to move. Packing officially started on Friday, but there are still many, many books on the shelves! Remember books on the shelves are still 30% off, which is quite a savings on either the regularly low priced books or those splurge worthy collectibles you’ve been keeping an eye on. Once they are packed though, you’ll have to wait for the emergence at the new store!
The good news – Renovations have started at the new Main Street location for Range and River Books. The bad news is that we may experience various levels of chaos in the meanwhile before we are settled in. Please, please be patient for a few weeks as we scurry around to be ready. I will keep the existing store open as much as possible, and we are already posting 30% off sales throughout the store. We will NOT do any more special orders until we are settled in the new store. I really apologize but I think the potential for poor follow through or lost paperwork is just too high. We also will not accept books for credit in August, but we generally do not anyway.
We will probably have to close both store for a week to transfer the shelves and books, which will be the biggest disruption. I will switch over to the new website as of August 1, which may or may not cause confusion. If anyone has questions or problems, please be sure to speak to me (Diane) or leave me a message and I will get back to you.
I am apprehensive looking at the logistics, but fully believe the end result will be worth it! New local products, treats, comfortable seating, foot traffic, and plenty of books will be all for the good. With your patience and support, I know it will be worth the effort!