Save Chico's The Bookstore

The Bookstore in downtown Chico needs your help to continue. We have given a deposit to stop the closure of the store and now have 45 days to raise the balance.
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Josh Mills
Small Business
Chico, California
United States
1 Team Member

Who we are....

The Used Bookstore in Downtown Chico is in danger of closing.

As manager of The Bookstore in Chico, California for the last 22 years, Josh Mills has developed a passion for books. He and his wife, Muir Hughes have both grown up in this community and now raise their children there.

After 37 years in operation, the owner decided it was time to retire and close up shop. The Mills family wished to keep the store open, giving a deposit to stop the closure. The remaining balance must be raised in the next 45 days to purchase the business and keep the doors open. The Bookstore is a tremendous resource that can't be lost!

Located in the heart of downtown, community arts and cultural events will be promoted as a new vision for the store with the focus remaining on providing a large selection of high quality used books. Literacy advocacy, regular children's story hour and poetry readings will be implemented. 

This family of four are all artists. Josh Mills is a photographer, Muir Hughes is a textile artist and performance artist and both children aged 10 and 12 are visual and performance artists and actively collaborate within the community. With an opportunity to fully utilize the space, regular art events will take place showcasing artists in various mediums. They also have a vision for the underutilized back courtyard for small events, receptions and workshops.

 

Where will the money go?

We need to raise a minimum of $35,000 to pay the balance on the business. This will allow the doors to remain open to the community. The Bookstore has been a valuable and prominent business for locals and tourists alike but has not been fully realized as a resource. With this funding, community involvement will increase.

This campaign features unique perks including rare signed books and original art. 

  

What are the results?

 

Your donation means The Bookstore is important to you and has the potential to continue to be an anchor in the community. In this changing world, bookstores offer something tangible and meaningful.  We love books and the environment a physical bookstore offers. 

Now, perhaps more than ever, we need a place to explore, get lost in, get inspired by, and maybe slow down every once in awhile.

 

Other Ways You Can Help

If you want to see The Bookstore continue, please let people know about the store, the campaign, and spread the word. We will post updates about our progress. 

Thank you sincerely,

The Mills Family

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$36,068USD
raised by 492 people in 1 month
103% funded
0 time left
$35,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on February 4, 2013
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  • $15USD
    The 5 Dollar Nickel!

    You will receive a Bookstore Wooden Nickel worth $5.00 in store merchandise plus a "The Bookstore" Postcard!

    27 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2013
  • $25USD
    T-shirt Package

    1 - Limited Edition "The Bookstore" T-Shirt, PLUS The Wooden Nickel, PLUS The Postcard

    195 out of 250 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
  • $50USD
    The Art Package

    1 - Book Sculpture by Artist Muir Hughes, PLUS The T-Shirt, PLUS The Wooden Nickel, PLUS The Postcard

    99 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
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    $150USD
    Custom Design Plush Package

    1 - Custom Plush Doll of Author or Literary Figure of your choice by Artist Muir Hughes, PLUS The T-Shirt, PLUS The Wooden Nickel, PLUS The Postcard

    20 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2013
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    $350USD
    SIGNED! Ansel Adams Package

    2 - Signed Ansel Adams Folio Books a) "Yosemite and the Range of Light" Very Good+ Huge Folio Hardcover in Very Good+ Dust Jacket. Bookplate Signed by Ansel Adams on Front Free Endpaper. NY Graphic Society, Fourth Printing, 1981. b) "The Portfolios of Ansel Adams" Very Good+ Folio Hardcover in Very Good+ Dust Jacket. Signed by Ansel Adams on half-title page. NY Graphic Society, Fourth Printing, 1982. PLUS The T-Shirt, The Wooden Nickel, & The Postcard

    1 out of 1 claimed
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    $500USD
    SIGNED! Charles Schulz Package

    1 - "Dogs Don't Eat Dessert" VG+ Small Oblong Paperback. Contents bright, tight and clean. Spine still smooth. Nice big inscription and signature on Half-Title Page - "Merry Christmas - Charles M. Schulz" Topper Books. First Edition, First Printing, 1987. PLUS The T-Shirt, The Wooden Nickel, & The Postcard

    1 out of 1 claimed
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    $750USD
    1st Ed. Hemingway Package

    1 - "The Old Man and The Sea" True 1st Ed with all points - scarce in this condition. VG+ Hardcover in VG, Price-clipped DJ. Bound in light blue buckram with silver titling on spine and embossed Hemingway signature on front cover. Price-Clipped DJ is in VG+ cond. with very slight chipping at head of spine and small surface wear spot at base of spine. 1952 on title page with "1952", "A" & Scribners Colophon on copyright page. + The T-Shirt/Nickel/Postcard

    1 out of 1 claimed
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    $800USD
    SIGNED! Dr. Seuss Package

    1 - "You're Only Old Once" by Dr. Seuss. Signed by Dr. Seuss on blank page across from title page. VG+ Oversized Thin HB in VG DJ. Very slight fading to spine of DJ. Contents bright, tight and clean. First Edition, First Printing 1986. Random House. PLUS The T-Shirt, The Wooden Nickel, & The Postcard

    1 out of 1 claimed
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    $1,000USD
    1st Ed. Charles Bukowski x 3!

    1 - "Women" by Bukowski. Limited 1st Edition of 500. VG+ HB in VG- original acetate DJ. Black Sparrow Press, 1978. 1 - "The Captain is Out To Lunch and The Sailors Have Taken Over The Ship" Illus by Robert Crumb. Limited 1st Edition of 1000. VG+ HB in VG original acetate DJ. Black Sparrow Press, 1998. 1 - "Betting On The Muse" Limited 1st Ed. of 1000. VG- HB w/light shelfwear in VG- original acetate DJ. Black Sparrow, 1996. + The T-Shirt/Nickel/Postcard

    1 out of 1 claimed
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    $2,000USD
    Jake Early "Orient & 3rd St."

    The First of Jake Early's "Chico Landmark" Series. The iconic Water Towers print. Signed and Numbered by Jake Early. Limited Edition of 100 of which this is #27. 3 Color, Hand-Printed Serigraph June 20, 2001 Actual Image Dimensions: 11" x 19 1/4" (paper size is larger) Archival Matte and Framing by Chico Paper Company with Tru-Vue UV-Protective Glass. Current Value - $2280.00 + The T-Shirt/Nickel/Postcard

    1 out of 1 claimed
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    $2,500USD
    1st Ed. Faulkner Package

    1 - "Sanctuary"; by William Faulkner.Gray Cloth w/Red paper covered boards. HB in G+ clean and solid condition w/very slight wear to bottom corner of fore-edge of front cover.Tight & clean contents only marred by handful of dog-ears and lt. dampstain to top 1" of fore-edge of contents that only bleeds in 1/8" for about 100 pgs. True 1st DJ with $2.50 price w/reader checklist on back cover-is in Fair unrestored condition with minor chipping bottom edge. Jonathan Cape 1931.

    1 out of 1 claimed
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