“Us” is me. I’m Shelly. Books are my passion. I’ve always been a reader. In 2004 I bought the domain name ShellysBookstore.com to support my growing business selling books (mostly from my personal collection) on Half.com and on Amazon.com. Shelly’s eventually evolved into an eBay business when eBay absorbed Half.com. I started to sell a lot of other things besides books so I established a DBA name and an eBay store for that side of the business. The Shelly’s name and site remained but it was really just a static information site that trolled for eBay consignment customers…until now.
Fastforward a year or so from 2004 to my straight marriage dissolving amicably because, hello, I’m gay. I jumped through some job and love life hoops for a while but I settled down with a wonderful woman a couple of years ago. We were married in Washington D.C. in November of 2010.
With my mind settled and my love life in a fantastic place, it became time to rethink some of my business ventures. I’m still doing eBay but I’ve pretty much stopped taking consignments. I use the DBA name (a holdover from my consignment days), MJ’s Consignments to refer people to my eBay store. It was time for the Shelly’s Bookstore site to become about books. I chose to focus on one area, LGBT books and Gay and Lesbian associated movies and music. Why? Well, it’s both an area I know well and an area where I still have a lot to learn.
This site is a work in progress. It will evolve and grow over time. I’ll read and I’ll share what I’ve read. I invite you to share your thoughts with me.
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