The Storybags Blog

Our Origin Story

Posted by Greg Murphy on

We've gotten this question a bunch from folks that are just learning about us.  This all started during the lockdownThis all came about during the lockdown, which somehow feels like both yesterday and 20 years ago.I just closed my company Murphy's Used Books, and I was quite the sad sack.I spent a lot of time in my garage sorting through kids books and trying to figure out what I should do next.In March of 2020 most of the country started locking down and parents were at home with their kids, myself included.(Side note: Teachers are rockstars. I would rather do...

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This Month's Booksale Went Super Well!

Posted by Greg Murphy on

We look forward to the booksale every month, because it just isn’t the same as selling books online.It’s just not even close :)You get to actually serve people and see them happy because of the work you did.Although we sell way way WAY more books on the interwebs than we do at our in person sale, it’s getting to see folks leave the shop with a smile that makes it worth the effort.We had a survey we did last month… and we got a bunch of responses. The biggest thing people wanted was to have more time to shop.So we are going...

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What A Turnout!

Posted by Greg Murphy on

It was a great weekend for a book sale, and so many of you guys decided to spend it with me looking for new stories to read.Ever since I started selling books seriously in 2010, people have been looking at me like I’m a little crazy.“Nobody buys books anymore.”I’ve heard that hundreds of times at least.But, as always, you guys proved them wrong.As Stephen King said in On Writing, “Books are a uniquely portable magic,” and he’s right.You can live other lives, visit other worlds, and explore other times.And you can do all those things and more, without leaving your favorite reading...

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I've got a Golden Ticket! I've got a golden chance to... get free books, and Fourth of July Savings!

Posted by Greg Murphy on

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Unless you’re vegetarian or vegan. We’ll have to get you some chick peas or maybe some jackfruit… something along those lines. Maybe it’s best not to promise you guys dinner. How about we just give you what we said we were going to give you? We drew three names from our fundraising auction to see who gets the three Golden Tickets to fill a bag totally free at our warehouse sale on August 7 & 8th! Check out the video and see if you won! Winners, you’ll be hearing from us really soon with more details....

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Welcome To Storybags... Take A Look Around

Posted by Greg Murphy on

My name is Greg Murphy and I’m the book guy. For the past dozen or so years I’ve sold millions of books all around the world and hundreds of thousands in my home town of Dayton, Ohio.    I want to quickly tell you a few things about myself.  I have a daughter that is 8 years old who wants to grow up to sell ice cream and books... and it kind of hurts my feelings that she mentions them in that order.   I get to feed my kid without having to have a boss or putting on a...

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