IN THE digital age, a second hand bookstore has found a way to stay
afloat in the Summer Capital.
Nurse turned bookworm, Maricar Docyogen, has set up her shop, Bookends, to cater to lovers of the printed word as well antique collectors and art enthusiasts all converging into her small shop.
Docyogen has found herself at the center of events since she opened in 2010 selling used books and several odds and ends.
Some items were from her personal collection, while the books came from suppliers from Southeast Asia she has networked with since 2004 when she was dabbling into the business for the first time.
Docyogen admits her fondness for reading fuelled her passion to get into the business of selling books when the opportunity presented itself years ago.
She tried and was successful to launch her store in an online buy and sell set up using social media to present her handpicked books and either sell or bid to an audience which became larger than what she expected in a months.
“We now even ship books here and abroad through the online bids and postings we do,” added Docyogen.
She now gets her books in bulk, unlike in the early days when she had the time and the energy to handpick each paperback.
“Every book is a surprise, when you open the boxes they send, you have no idea what is inside, it’s exciting,” relates Docyogen.
Docyogen has since expanded her store as well as her wares, quite unexpectedly when local artists found her shop to be a convenient showroom, starting with a few unknown but prolific ones who did not have a base but wanted to display their creations.
She has since adopted local artists into her shop and become a quaint find of books, art and bric and brac.
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on April 15, 2017.
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