In this month’s edition of “Meet the Bibliomaniac,” we’re excited to introduce you to Sarah from our Richardson, Texas store. If you’re a Richardson shopper, Sarah is responsible for all of the fabulous displays you see there. Take it away, Sarah!
Name: Sarah Dang
Job Title: Store Inventory Merchandiser (SIM)
When did you join Half Price Books?
April 21, 2014
What is your favorite part about working at HPB?
I really love the people I work with and I can’t express enough how much I appreciate all of their encouragement and support. Aside from the magic of working at a bookstore and enjoying what I do, I really love the bonds I’ve created with everyone here. These are the kinds of friendships that last.
As a SIM, what’s an average day like for you?
Each day I start off with a list of what needs to get done. I often feel like the rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. I’m scurrying from place to place to make sure everything is done on time. My days are always super busy and I always have something to do. My daily tasks include merchandising tables and end caps, creating displays, ordering supplies and reorganizing our distribution bins. Simultaneously, I budget time to work on creative projects that not only advertise certain items, but also bring a unique element to our store. I in addition, create chalkboard signs to bring attention to products that don’t necessarily fly off the shelf.
What is your favorite display you’ve created while working at HPB?
The display I favor most is the Jurassic dinosaur background I made to decorate the Children’s section. I have a deep love and respect for the Children’s area. Before becoming a SIM a year ago, that was my section for many months. As an artist aspiring to be a children’s book illustrator, I felt motivated learn everything I could about kids’ books. I also felt inspired to really spruce that section up!
With the encouragement and support of my management and staff, this goal was achieved. With a very limited budget, I saved the large cardboard pieces from shipments to repurpose as canvas pieces. Woo hoo! Recycling for the win! I used a mix of mostly tempera paint and acrylic, which is very inexpensive. I was inspired by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague’s How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? for the characterization of the dinosaurs. Overall, I couldn’t be more pleased with the displays that stretch from the end of the Young Adult section, around all three walls of Kids and to the end of Toyland.
What is your all-time favorite book, movie or album?
This is a very difficult question because I have so many all-time favorites! Currently, my favorite books are from The Lotus War series by Jay Kristoff. I really dig the Feudal Japan and Steampunk combination.
What are you reading right now?
I’m reading IT by Stephen King. I don’t read Horror too often but I decided to give it a chance. I can already say, I’m only half way through this book and I already love it. Sure, it’s a bit unsettling and sometimes VERY frightening, but there is something to be said about the eloquence of King’s writing. He manages to really nail it with description and character development. As the plot continues to unfold, I’m sensing an art to his narrative voice. I haven’t read any of King’s work before this, but now I endeavor to read more.
What other things do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I practice hand-lettering as well, work on other art commissions personal projects for my home. I frequently do large scale street paintings for city-wide events too. In my downtime, aside from reading, I watch anime, sci-fi TV series and documentaries.
Check out some of Sarah’s other creations!
Be sure to visit the HPB Richardson to see Sarah’s amazing work in person.