I know I promised something funny this time.

§ May 22nd, 2020 § Filed under retailing, sterling silver comics § 10 Comments

So Wednesday afternoon, a lady from the city came by to make sure my store had all the proper COVID-19 awareness signage and procedures in place, telling me that she hopes to get the go-ahead to let stores open to the public again by the weekend.

Thursday morning I received an email from the city, telling me “so long as you did [all the things the lady on Wednesday told me to do], open on up.” And that’s how Sterling Silver Comics is once again open to walk-in business, so long as you’re wearing a mask and trying to stay at least six feet away from anyone else.

I mean, that was a complete surprise to me. It was only a week or so ago that we got the okay to do curbside pickup. I was sure I’d have to keep my doors locked during the day for about another month or two. Huh, go figure. At least now I have a fightin’ chance at paying those invoices I was worrying about last time.

It’s welcome news, I mean, at least financially for me. But it’s really going to depend on how well people continue to protect themselves, and not get lax about it just because things look like they’re returning to some semblance of “normal.” First guy in the door on Thursday, a longtime customer of mine, didn’t have a mask…I told him next time he’s gotta wear one, and since he’s not one of these “BUT MY FREEDOMZ” disease-vectoring yahoos I’ve been seeing on the news, he agreed. Rest of my customers that day were sufficiently covered however.

All this said, I’m still offering curbside pickup and mail order as options, if folks would rather not venture in public spaces, which I totally understand. Plus I’m still doing these 30 for $20, or 75 for $45, packs of random comics, because I’m trying to clear out my backroom. And I’m taking your want lists, and I’m still putting stuff up on this Google sheet in lieu of an actual database, so let me know if you want anything off there.

Look, I wasn’t trying to trick you into reading an ad for my store. But these are hard times for comic shops, and even though I was lucky to hang in there so far during this epidemic, I still need to shore up the ol’ cash flow.

Sigh. You know, when I first started this blog I wasn’t planning on ever bringing up that I worked in a comic shop. Now look at me.

10 Responses to “I know I promised something funny this time.”

  • Snark Shark says:

    “30 for $20, 75 for $45”

    Oh, right, I still need to make another order!

  • Thom H. says:

    Hey, congrats — that’s unexpectedly awesome!

  • Harland Sanderson says:

    You got permission from daddy to live your life? Yeah, wear that submission veil like a good little bitch. Because that’s all you are now, the government’s bitch.

  • Rich Handley says:

    Those protesting the need to wear a mask are mental midgets, and they’re getting people killed. Stay safe, Mike. You are much smarter than them and are doing the right thing in enforcing common sense. Anyone who puts their own stubbornness above the health of others is not a good person, an intelligent person, or a human person.

  • Mikester says:

    I am presuming Mr. Sanderson is not happy about efforts to prevent the spread of a pandemic (that maybe wouldn’t have been necessary if the folks running this country had acted quickly and responsibly in the first place, instead of just blowing it off).

  • Thom H. says:

    As long as we’re debating the merits of right-wing arguments, I think it’s important to remember that business is very much regulated by the government at all times, not just right now.

    No one just opens a storefront without getting a license from the local government. It would be foolish as a business owner to flaunt rules and regulations — that’s a great way to get shut down for good.

  • Jack says:

    Ahh, well, Mr. Sanderson, if you don’t want to be the government’s b*tch, I am sure that you don’t want to be involved in anything created by governments, right?

    Enjoy not using the roads built by local, state, and federal governments then! Fight the power! Don’t be a b*tch! Walk everywhere!

    Bet government is looking better right now, ain’t it?

  • @misterjayem says:

    “Walk everywhere!”

    But not on on any of them publicly-funded socialist sidewalks.

    Good luck, ya doofus!

    — MrJM

  • Jack of Spades says:

    Better than funny — good news!

  • Bruce Baugh says:

    Let’s just see Mr. Sanderson do without government enforcement of weights & measures and contracts.