Have Shelves Been Put On The Shelf?

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Thoughts to Ponder, 2/27/19

Patricia Feager

 

 

"With all their benefits, and there are many, one of the things I regret about e-books is that they have taken away the necessity of trawling foreign bookshops or the shelves of the holiday houses to find something to read. I've come across gems and stinkers that way, and both can be fun."  --- JK Rowling

 

Have Shelves Been Put On The Shelf?

There are many lessons to learn about histories past and present. For example, these shelves that were built inside the DeGolyer Tea Room at the Dallas Arboretum were an inspiration for this blog post. As often happens when one sits quietly and listens, thoughts and other people's words cloud the room. Something many real estate agents and stagers suggest to sellers in preparation to list their home for sale are to take things off their shelves or minimize to a number of three. Do people really see collections or clutter? Furthermore, are buyers and guests intrigued or turned-off? That's all a matter of perspective. In my opinion, it is no different than seeing the glass half empty or half full when it comes to collections and memories from works of art. 

 

As I looked around the dining room at the DeGolya Tea Room, many customers were staring at their iPad; perhaps reading e-books while dining or waiting for their food? I appeared to be the only one who carried a proper book. At the table kitty-corner from where I sat, two older women, storytellers, shared historical accounts of old friends of theirs who survived the Nazi Concentration Camps. Yes! It is captivating and educational to eavesdrop! History is always in the making and repeated. And as far as the wait staff went, they seemed to know everything on the menu and how things were prepared. It was as if, they were walking, talking, living, cookbooks helping customers decide what to order. Yet in between my observations, there, on the wall across from where I sat were the silent books, written, edited, and published by authors that nobody else seemed to notice, except me! Which leads me to beg the question.


Have shelves been shelved, put aside, laid to rest as obsolete because a collection is now cluttering or is clutter really a collection of books and material things that many people collected or cherished over the years or are they simply dust collectors, hoping somebody will notice? As for me, I'll take a bookshelf and proudly display my clutter and collections any day. It really is all a matter of perspective.  

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Rainmaker
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Michael Jacobs
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Good morning, Patricia - a truly delightful post.  Actually rather than a post, I might call it a tour or a visit.  Magic in writing.  As always. 

Feb 27, 2019 08:15 AM #1
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Michael Jacobs - This is one of your best comments ever!

You made my day and put a smile on my face.

Thank you, so much!!!

Feb 27, 2019 08:53 AM #2
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Michael Jacobs
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Patricia -- yours is a writing style I admire.  It makes me think. And wonder. This post had me in that room overhearing conversations.   Observing.  Visual eaves-dropping as it may be.   Thank you for the kind comments.  

Feb 27, 2019 08:57 AM #3
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Michael Jacobs - I wish there were more people like you.  Whether you're writing your own post or leaving a comment, you expand my interest in what you have to say. For you, I will always be grateful.  

Feb 27, 2019 09:17 AM #4
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Roy Kelley
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Thank you very much for sharing some of your observations and thoughts.

Feb 27, 2019 10:47 AM #5
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
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When showing homes I find buyers are always inquisitive about what is on display, if they like a house it helps them to possibly connect with a seller and see if there may be some other level on which they connect other than just the house.

Feb 27, 2019 11:19 AM #6
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Roy Kelley - As always, it is a pleasure to have you read my blog posts and comment too. 

Thank you!

 

Feb 27, 2019 11:50 AM #7
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Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - I never could. I never would understand how realtors and stagers compare collections to clutter. I would never utter the word clutter because it is so subjective and can be perceived as offensive. 

I agree. In sales, isn't it best to make a connection? 

Feb 27, 2019 11:53 AM #8
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Great post, Patricia... you and Michael Jacobs are the Rains two big ponderers! (f there's such a word.) But back to the topic of shelves... they never go out of style in my homes... always lots of books around me... real books that I can touch and hold!

Feb 27, 2019 12:04 PM #9
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Nina Hollander - Quite frankly, I could not live in a house without shelves or books. It is very rare. No. Exceptionally rare for me to part with a book of mine. I need shelves and I need books and I need places for my treasured collectibles. 

New construction just doesn't seem to have the built-in bookshelves anymore. Here in North Dallas, you're lucky if you get a coat closet! Everything is extra and many people don't even think of those things when it comes to new construction. 

Feb 27, 2019 12:08 PM #10
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HI Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - Another fine observation.  I am a little sad to think that you are on to something. As the future moves on, we will see less and less books on the shelves.  

Feb 27, 2019 12:50 PM #11
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Brian England
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Well, being that I am not a reader, I have never had an eBook that I know of.  I do have a couple of bookshelves in my house that are both filled with real books, haha.  Maybe one day I will want to read them.

Feb 28, 2019 06:23 AM #12
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Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - As long as there are people like you and me, you can count on there being some shelves out there with some great books written by many of the greatest writer's of all time! 

Feb 28, 2019 06:46 AM #13
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Brian England - Don't wait too long before you pick up one of those books and sit down to read them. I was having a conversation like this with a dear old friend several years ago. He was in his 70's and we were talking about books. The next time I got invited to his annual Christmas Party, his wife mentioned, I don't know what you said to my husband, but he can't stop reading books! 

Feb 28, 2019 06:49 AM #14
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Sheila Anderson
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Good morning Patricia. I was taken by the picture, your term proper book made me smile, and listening to the room caught my attention too.

Feb 28, 2019 06:50 AM #15
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Sheila Anderson - Even when dining alone, a room can speak volumes!!! I'm glad you caught that intention for this piece I wrote. 

What a thrill it was for me to know I caused you to smile!!!

Feb 28, 2019 06:53 AM #16
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This trend does make me sad too, Patricia. I'm seeing more and more buyers making comments about shelving - clutter is often a term used. For me, I love the feel and the smell (I know, strange!) of a book. And, I'm notorious for collecting them as well! 

When I was building my house, I wanted book shelves. The cabinet maker said he too loves shelves but, said to add doors to them to be more widely accepted by buyers when we are ready to sell. I told Ray he just wanted to build more doors (and get paid more)...until my next set of buyers said that they would 'wall up those build-ins.' I gave in and added the doors! 

You do write such thought-provoking posts...that also ignite memories that were buried and you thought would never surface again! And, like you, I would have been the one in the room, admiring the collection on the shelves.

Feb 28, 2019 07:49 AM #17
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Patricia I like to physically touch things, so shelves will be a forever part of my life.

Feb 28, 2019 01:19 PM #18
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