FOSTORIA - What began as an interest in selling books has grown to include far more at The Bookshelf II and More, 210 S. Main St., Fostoria.
Jane Fishpaw and her daughter, Stacy LaFountaine, have been in the bookstore business since 1983. The location of the shop has moved over the years and the store had been part of a partnership.
"We've taken our books from place to place, since we started in 1983," Fishpaw said. "We started at Tiffin and Poplar streets, in a one-room trailer. Both new and used, we've had the books all along."
When the partnership dissolved two years ago, mother and daughter decided to try something different. What evolved was a type of consignment shop, with the focus on Fostoria artisans.
There are 14 people displaying wares on the two floors currently in use. LaFountaine said there is a possibility of expanding to a third floor in the building.
Items include painted glassware including windows; antiques from four dealers; crafts; jewelry; handmade wooden furniture; handmade greeting cards; flower arrangements and cemetery saddles; Longaberger baskets; quilting threads; books by local authors; and CDs featuring local musical artists.
"Individuals can bring books in, and receive a credit on their used books, or they can donate them," Fishpaw said.
New releases of books are offered at a 20 percent discount, and other books can be ordered specially.
The shop will be open regular business hours during the holiday season, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
"We may have some of our consignment vendors offer discounts through the holiday season," Fishpaw said. "Everyone will have to stop in and see."