A North Central bookworm, mother and entrepreneur is thriving in her new business, where she hopes to reach people on the same page.
Genevieve Seivert began selling books online through her business, The Bookaholic’s Outlet, which the public can access through Facebook. She collects books from thrift stores, yard sales and stores in a wide range of genres and then posts about them on Facebook. Customers can join the Facebook group and check out the offerings anytime and arrange to pick them up or ask that the books are mailed to them. Books are shipped anywhere in the United States and to U.S. Army bases around the world.
Seivert said she has always loved reading and was looking for a fun outlet now that her children are older. Her daughter, Abbey, is a senior at Sunnyslope High School, and her son, Peter, is a sophomore at Northern Arizona University. Seivert and her husband, Paul, own a contracting company, Tyson Development. The family’s dining room has been converted into a library and many books are stored in Peter’s bedroom.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Genevieve said. “It just kind of fell in my lap. I’ve had a lot of help from friends. A dear neighbor and friend helps me box (books) every month. My group members are also a lot of fun.”
Members can buy young adult fiction, children’s books, fiction books for adults, fantasy books and books in a variety of genres, most of which are in great condition, Genevieve said. Some of them are anniversary editions. One customer recently bought 30 children’s books. Genevieve said sales began slowly when she started the business in January of last year but have picked up tremendously with a recent sale of 1,523 books. There are about 3,200 people in the Facebook group.
“I’ve earned more profit than I ever expected last year,” Genevieve said.
She said she has been reading more since the COVID-19 pandemic started. The books she sells typically range in price from $1 to $12.