Thanksgiving is less than twenty-four hours away, and whether you’re basting a magnificent bird or tucking in to a convenient take-out meal, this annual celebration of bounty and blessings is always a good opportunity to stop and take stock of all we have to be grateful for.

2017 has been a difficult year in so many respects: Anxiety and fear fueled by global unrest and national political and social upheaval have been exacerbated by devastating hurricanes, wildfires, and earthquakes. Faced with such challenges, it’s natural to wonder what difference we can make as individuals…or, in Bas Bleu’s case, as booksellers.

But that’s where you, our customers, come in. So many times over the past twenty-three years you’ve sent us letters, emails, even faxes (back in the day!) telling us how much a specific book or gift that you received from us meant to you. You tell us about the books that changed the way you think about the world or that introduced you to a person, place, or time you otherwise would never know. You tell us about the note card that delivered just the right words at just the right time, or the child’s toy that delighted a pair of overwhelmed first-time parents. And you continue to shop with our little company, year after year, even when you have bigger, cheaper options, because you tell us you value the “odd little books” and gifts we find and the shopping experience our catalog provides.

This week, we’re taking a break from the holiday hubbub to tell you just how grateful we are to have such wonderful, supportive customers. We can’t say it often enough: Without you, our “bookseller by post” never would have made it off the ground…let alone survived and thrived for twenty-three years! You remind us every day what a difference a community of kind, thoughtful, book-loving people can make in the lives of individuals and, yes, entire companies.

From our bluestocking family to yours: Happy Thanksgiving!