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Meet Greg Mollin of Artifact Books

Today we’d like to introduce you to Greg Mollin.

Hi Greg, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
I’ve been an avid reader, writer, book collector, and bibliophile as far back as I can remember. Learning to read changed everything for me. I remember really getting it and then being lucky enough to have The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis given to me as a gift.

From that first step through the wardrobe into Narnia, I was hooked. I still have the original paperbacks in my personal collection. I was a born collector. If I read it, I wanted to see it represented on my shelf- sometimes in multiple versions! I pretty much lived in the library and independent bookstores as a child. Being around books, living among the stories, and holding the physical copies has always been a comfort to me and continues to be. As a book lover, book collector, and writer, I always knew that bookselling was where I wanted to end up.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I had to work very hard for decades at a job and career that I did not particularly love in order to get to where I was able to make my bookstore a reality, which I’m sure is a common theme for most of us that want to try and make a living from our passions. I spent a lot of time researching, watching, learning, and preparing for the eventuality. Once I was able to make it a reality, then the real work started. Luckily, I had always worked for small businesses and made sure to take note of what techniques and strategies I would eventually use for my own. Owning a bookstore and selling books to book lovers is a dream for me, but even dreams rely on the work of the dreamer.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Artifact Books?
Artifact Books specializes in new, used, rare, and collectible books. I am proud to offer everything from used, beach-read paperbacks to rare collectibles and signed first editions. Antiquarian poetry collections from the 17th century share the shelves with new releases, best-selling thrillers and everything in between. I take a lot of time and care curating the collection and love to hand-sell books to my great customers. At Artifact Books, we have something for every reader and book lover. I’ve tried to create a unique book-buying experience here, including special celebrations, themed sales, and author signing events from some of the best writers in the business.

Risk taking is a topic that people have widely differing views on – we’d love to hear your thoughts.
I truly believe that there is no worthwhile reward without a modicum of risk. I’m not saying you have to put your life on the line every day (though many do) but risk-taking is often a big part of achieving goals in life. With bookselling, as with any niche or small business, there is always the financial risk involved. But as with most things we deal with on a daily basis, knowing the risks, assessing the risk/reward ratio, and making informed decisions can be the difference between being a smart risk-taker and a fearless failure.

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