|Volume 12 Issue 8
In this issue
Letters From Ralph
San Diego Vacation Rental
Disc Golf Sales
Not surprisingly our biggest sales items this month have been disc golf discs. People are always surprised at our selection and that we have such a connection to the sport. The last person who was here came from SW Iowa and he was so excited when he found out that I was Juliana's mother he had to have a picture taken with me (like I'm famous just because my daughter is). He also took pictures of all the special discs I have around the store -- Juliana's Hall of Fame discs, etc. and he was just excited to be here. While he was looking the other way, his girl friend secretly bought one of Juliana's collector discs with her signature. He had said that if he had one of them, he wouldn't use it, but just hang it on the wall. Anyway, it is fun to see how happy people are when then see our available discs.
Although we have many of our products listed on a couple of shopping sites, it appears that the most important source of people finding us is our website, jubonjuweelen.biz. I'm not sure how people are finding us, but I know all the disc golf sales this month have been from people finding us online. I'm not sure if they are checking Google, our Chamber site, or just finding our website, but I know it is important to try to keep our online presence up to date. Yesterday a lady came from Arizona to buy a pair of wooden shoes. I asked her how she found us and she said she just asked the internet, "Where can I buy wooden shoes in Orange City" and we came up. I don't understand all this stuff, but I'm glad it's there.
Last month I reviewed three of our used books that I had read (sold two of them -- actually the one we didn't sell, I had given a pretty negative review). This month, I'm going to review a couple of our new books. These are a little more expensive than the used ones, but pretty interesting. Most of the new books we have are either from local authors or books that I purchase from a company in Canada that specializes in books about the Dutch.
The first book I'll mention is American Travels of a Dutch Hobo by Gerard Leeflang. I loved this book. It is the true story of a man from Rotterdam who was working on board a ship in 1923. They stopped in New York City and he was so fascinated by the United States that he "jumped ship" and spent about three years working and living in the U.S. until the immigration officials caught up with him and sent him back to the Netherlands. Anyway, a couple of the years he was here he spent as a hired hand on a farm in Central Iowa. He must have been a very hard working, intelligent man because he always seemed to be able to find work and made some great American friends. This is a fairly short (162 pages) easy read book that has many illustrations that he drew himself. The book was published by The Iowa State University Press in 1984 and sells for $7.75. I have several copies.
The next book I'd like to mention, I've talked about before. It is Netherlanders in America by Jacob Van Hinte. It is almost the Bible of history of the Dutch in America. It started out as his dissertation in the 1920s. Professor Van Hinte visited the United States on a sabbatical one summer and tried to see first hand how the Dutch Colonies were doing. He spent some time in Orange City and mentions many things that we are familiar with. Unlike the short book I mentioned earlier, this book is over 1000 pages and is not particularly easy reading. I think it took me a couple of months to get it all read, but it is so rich in history, that is was worth the effort. This book sells for $39.95 and I have some on hand, but can easily get more copies.
On a completely different note, I have several Get Ready books for children aged 3 -5. These sell for $2.99 each and are entitled, Lowercase Alphabet, ABC Dot-to-Dot, Connect the Dots, Counting 1 - 10, Same or Different, and Uppercase Alphabet.
The last three books I will mention are Letters from Ralph by my husband and myself, the Dutch cookbook Receptenboek Van De Nederlanse Huisvrow written by Renae Vander Schaaf and myself and Get Up, Get Going written by Renae Vander Schaaf. Letters from Ralph is a hard cover book containing the letters Ralph Mouw wrote home to his parents during World War II. My husband added a lot of history to put them in context. It sells for $39.95. The cook book contains only Dutch recipes plus has a lot of Dutch history as well. It is a soft cover book and sells for $14.95. Get Up, Get Going is a book about Dr. A. J. Neumann, a local veterinarian. Dr. Neumann started practice in Orange City in 1949 and has had many interesting experiences. This is a soft cover book that sells for $25.00 and contains many pictures.
I'm having a new experience this month and that is serving as an enumerator for the U.S. Census. I am meeting a lot of people in the area that I never knew before and have really enjoyed the experience. This will only last until the end of September because that is the cutoff date for gathering information. Note, if you have not completed the 2020 Census yourself, you can do so online at my2020census.gov. As far as my part in the census, I just started this week, so it will be a short experience. We received a lot of training and everything was a challenge because of Covid. Normally, we would all have spent a couple of days and trained together. Now almost everything was done online. We use IPHone 8s to gather our data. That was my biggest concern. I still feel like a novice with a lot of technology. Young people today don't understand how difficult it is for us older people to grasp some of these concepts. They grew up with them and don't know anything different. -- Example of how life has changed-- When I was young my father was a salesperson and his main customers were hatcheries because he sold farm products. Before Covid we had a ribbon cutting in a new restaurant in town that was located in an old hatchery. A very intelligent young man (not so real young) in our group, tapped me on the shoulder and seriously asked me, "Bonnie, what is a hatchery?"