And that's a wrap! 11 years completed- what a quick ride! Thanks to all who came to our final day (including some from Essendon- including an 18yo girl we had in one of our photos as a 7yo with Mark as Santa- so cute!!). Also really appreciated all the messages, texts, calls & some lovely cards /flowers/gifts today. Thanks to current staff Braiden, Steph and Jess, ex staff member Samantha Ellen Bound and my parents Phil and Gail (who were there from before day 1 all those years ago and every shop move!) for their support & helping out. Here we are in front of our memories wall- which was a positive and cathartic task for me. Gosh we did a lot! Strangely I was quite calm for my final bookstore speech of gratitude - just felt satisfied and proud. It was Mark who got a bit choked up in his speech. Nice 😊We clear out this weekend (not much to clear actually), the new company moves in on Monday, I get three days holiday then start my new job at Dymocks Highpoint getting the new store ready to open mid November!! I'm on a 2 month trial probation as the manager- so let's see how I go. 😜 Mark will enjoy just one job, no deliveries and more time for bowls & other activities. In between we will get our house ready to sell and move before the New Year or just after, and I look forward to writing my play about Louisa Lawson & the Aussie women suffrage movement. And so life goes on and we roll with it. Thanks everyone for the memories. We are looking forward to the next chapter in our lives. This page will close down tomorrow. #bookshop #bookshopmemories #11years #bookbonding
Our biggest commitment to the community is supporting people who shop local and are loyal to us with our loyalty reward scheme. For the 2015/6 financial year gave back $24401.71 in loyalty points savings!!
In addition we support our active commercial school customers with an annual $25 gift voucher and / or raffle book pack (up to $100rrp worth) to support school fundraising ideas (depending on annual $ purchases). In 2017, we have 80 active schools so far so happily commit ourselves to this sector as our major donation commitment.
More broadly, we annually participate in the Indigenous Literacy Day (1st Wed in September) and donate 10% of all takings that day to this worthwhile cause. In addition, through our support of Lions Club Doutta Galla we collect used books for donations to a women’s domestic shelter at our Essendon store. Since 2013, we have provided giveaway book prizes on a monthly basis to the Gisborne Gazette. In 2015 we became a major sponsor for Sunbury Tigers.
As you can appreciate, as a small business we try to support as many organisations as we can but beyond the offerings above we can only support an additional TWO organisations per term and we do this with $50 raffle pack (usually 1-3 books). To be eligible you must send an email to email@example.com, clearly stating organisation, fundraising project, date and who is a member of our store. We award on first come first served basis. Non members will not be eligible. Thanks for your understanding on this.
We are happy to display community activities on our display boards for a period of two weeks after approval from the manager.