Time Travel in Seattle

Industry Observer with ARFCO Media

Last Sunday, October 10, 2010, I took my annual trek up to the Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair with my friend Dave.

One of my passions in life is books. I love all kinds, especially novels, biographies, and autobiographies. My early school career was less than glorious, but I had an English Literature teacher my last year in high school that sparked something in me. I also had an uncle, one of several colorful, eccentric, passion driven characters in my family who engaged me and my intellect. He was an insatiable reader and loved discussing everything he read. He was the one that kind of lit my rocket when it came to the world of books.

If I could I’d have several rooms with books lining the walls. There was a time in my late 20’s when my friends all decided they were never again going to help me move. I had 20 or so boxes of books, again as many filled with music, 6 guitars, 4 amps, a piano, tape recorders, a PA system, 4 apple crates full of long play albums, a couple of accordions and a collection of woodwind and brass instruments, several paintings, drawings, art supplies, and miscellaneous electronics. Can you blame them?

With the advent of computers, the digital age, and life insisting I move several times I’ve trimmed down substantially. The big equipment is gone. I can pretty much do everything that filled a few rooms on my 2 computers now.

Books to me are my friends. Even after I’ve read them I love to have them around me. They’re what I refer to as my friends on the shelf and I talk to them. I imagine this elite group sitting in the bleachers off to the side talking amongst each other and to me. They prod me along giving me guidance and ideas. They’re a great sounding board while I work things out in my head.

I’m not sure what I was expecting this year. I didn’t really think about it much. I was just happy it was on the calendar and I got to hang with my friend Dave. We were there about ½ an hour when the unexpected happened. A weird kind of Déjà vu / culture shock smacked me right in the head as I came to the sudden realization that the “antiquarian” part of that book fair was predominately the books written by my elite group of friends.

It hit me that I’ve been so busy in the digital world of the virtual I lost touch with my group. There they were, my friends, scattered amongst the many vendors. I imagined them scolding me,

“So where in the heck have you been?”   

They reminded me I wouldn’t even be the me that’s me without them. I snapped back to the present as my mind flooded with thoughts from the past, present, and perhaps the future.


Time Travel in Seattle...



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Comments (15)

Kristen Wheatley
Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group - Brunswick, ME
Supporting Success - Best Job in the World!

What a wonderful time travel trip.  I've always thought that word "antiquarian" sounded older than it needed to.  My father was an English teacher for a while and I grew up in one of those houses with the book lined walls.  I used to sit backwards on the couch and just stare at them all planning which I would read next.

Ironically, as a child, I started many books, but would grow impatient having to wait to start the next.  As an adult I read so much more.  I live in a tiny house, so my "friends" are tucked into every nook and cranny.  My husband tried to convince me to pass them on when I'm done, but I just can't send them away.  I try to resist the urge and not acquire too many more, but our library keeps having their annual book sale where I can get a whole bag full for only $5.  What's a girl to do?

Oct 15, 2010 08:55 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


An amazing place and an amazing post!

Featured in the Group "Whacked!!!"

Oct 15, 2010 09:20 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Rene, I was waiting with anticipation of your blog about this event, since you mentioned you will be going. I loved the pictures. I saw Steinbeck still commands a good price for 1st ed. autographed. Last time I went to one of these events I saw that Gone with the Wind was in the $20k range. I loved your analogy of Time Travel. I do not care how many boxes we have to move....that is what we pay movers now that we are older and more mature. I do not want a Kindle or whatever they call them. There is nothing like touching an old dusty friend. Thank you for a great post:)

Oct 15, 2010 10:21 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Endre: Yes Steinbeck and Hemingway command very good prices... There weren't many, but a few really old bibles for around $9,000 and a René Decarte leather bound for $14,000... I have more pictures in the gallery on my Picasa page - Seattle Antiquarian Book Fair  ...thanks...




Oct 15, 2010 10:53 AM
Charles Edwards Bentonville
Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 - Bentonville, AR
AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker

Rene, Wish I could have been there too! What a cool event.

 It is hard not to be passionate about books. We are so shaped by what we read. How many times has a book changed my life? Everytime I've read one. We are so free if we can read. My all time favorite? While it is difficult to say,  East of Eden perhaps or was it some other like The Road Less Traveled? Or was it The Lovely Bones  or A Painted House by John Grisham.

All good stuff for sure..and another cool blog.

Oct 15, 2010 11:26 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Charles: I can so relate! I had to do some "unwriting"... I was going to start naming authors and titles, and well... like you, "How do you choose!" 

Oct 15, 2010 12:28 PM
Glenn Roberts
Retired - Seattle, WA

Time traveling in books is a great way to go. Wish I'd been around for the book fair. Ah, well. Next year.

Oct 15, 2010 12:32 PM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Hi Glenn... It was a fabulous fair... It's always @ the 2nd weekend in October...

Oct 15, 2010 12:55 PM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

You’d love my place and my mother’s place. I’ve worked for Brentano’s, Waldenbooks, and Borders for 32 years and have many first editions, pre-publishing editions, and rare editions. I’m trying not to move again because moving books is just too much, but I can’t part with any of them.

Oct 15, 2010 03:08 PM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Bah ha ha ha ha ha.... Hi Jim... I think you're my newest best friend! I love it... thanks for sharing that.

Oct 15, 2010 03:28 PM
Todd Clark - Retired
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

We must have the same friends! I have 84 crates of records and my friends stopped offer to help me move after the first time I moved after college. I guess even 20 years later it is still fresh in their minds how much fun it was carrying records.

Oct 15, 2010 06:04 PM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Todd: Yah, those rascals... I give them books for presents... ha ha ha...

Oct 16, 2010 04:14 AM
April Hayden-Munson
Brookfield, WI
Brookfield Wisconsin Real Estate

Rene - what a great event, thanks for helping me travel back... Mother Goose sure looks familiar.

Oct 17, 2010 02:22 AM
Rene Fabre
ARFCO Media - Renton, WA
Practicing Philosophical Eclectic of the Arts

Thanks April... There were so many! I could have spent 2 days looking...

Oct 17, 2010 04:46 AM
Phil Leng
Retired - Kirkland, WA
Phil Leng - Retired

Hi Renee,

You are a good writer.

I could envision you talking to your books


Oct 19, 2010 06:00 PM