Yes we buy books, antiques, bric-a-brac, maps and more.  But here on behalf of Brockwell Books of Chesterfield is our 'honesty policy'.

Let's try and give you a bit more of an insight of how we operate.  People after ask us to quote, purchase and remove items that they no longer need.  These are often items they have received via another friend or relative or wish to sell for the cash.

Well this is something very different and yet I am undergoing almost regular flashbacks just sitting here - yes, I'm doing an indoor antiques fair.  Now it's been a while, but this time here here as the dealer.

Since the age of very young, I was brought up on antique fairs - Saturdays were wrapping and packing the antiques and Sundays were early mornings loading the car and driving to what was often a large venue hotel or sports centre.  There Mum and Dad would run the stall.  I would be the hired hand at 50p a box carried from the car to the stall both in the morning and then the evening - the resulting £5 or so was then my spending money at these antique fairs.

So what do you do when it's raining and you run a market stall? You get up, load the car and drive down to stand on Chesterfield Market - yes selling books, jigsaws, baskets, records and more.

After all - if you are in for a penny then you are in for a pound.  And either I'm a market  trader all weathers or I'm not I reckon, so yes, here we are all weathers and all conditions running our stall.

The progression from being an occasional stall holder to being a full on regular market trader is a long path, and after six months other than know where I started I have no idea where this project will end.

What I do know is that I'm loving it.  I would never have predicted with any seriousness that this is what I would be doing if I had looked down the path of career choices, but here I am smiling and chatting to passers-by. Re-reading that sentence before I type in I realise that is not entire true, and my husband thinks that I have it in my blood.

The excitement of having a new range of stock.  It's not the they types of books are different but rather that I am getting the hang of my stall, range and pitch.  This week is the best example where of my fifteen boxes of stock - thirteen were newly sorted and fresh on the stall.

The consequences of this are curious and gently unexpected. First is when someone asks for a book that you know you have - but that was last week and you have rotated your stock and suddenly you don't have it with you. Second is when they ask if you have a book on a topic, and because this is the first outing of the new stock you realise you don't know.