Last night Kelly and I went out for some late night (9 PM) poster frame shopping at Garden Ridge. A free promotional poster from Zazzle arrived in the mail earlier yesterday, and I just couldn't wait to get it in a frame. The poster is 20" x 28" and documents my first fishing trip to Cypress Creek in northwest Alabama. The photo that I enlarged for the poster was originally posted here on the blog two years ago.
If you've never been to a Garden Ridge store, it's a smorgasbord of low cost home decorator items... with some other oddities thrown in for good measure. They have a huge selection of bargain frames, but I didn't have much to pick from for my poster. After finally settling on what I felt was the best of the rather limited selection of 20" x 28" sized choices, we made our way toward the checkout.
Although Garden Ridge is certainly not a bookstore, they often have a random assortment of bargain books "displayed" in disorderly piles somewhere in the giant warehouse of retail fun. I've stopped numerous times to browse the massive heaps of books distributed across several huge platforms, but I've never seen anything of interest. Last night we stopped to browse, not actually expecting to find anything... but there they were- not one, but two fly fishing books.
I spotted both of them in similar fashion- peeking out of the middle of their respective piles. Both caught my eye with their piscine photographic covers. I was unable to see titles or anything that indicated what they really were until I dug them out... just a flash of fish was all I needed to know that I had found something special... something worth exhuming.
Both books are from the same publisher, Skyhorse Publishing, and probably came to Garden Ridge in the same overstock lot. They're both what I would call coffee table books, although there is a lot of real content in them. Even without any decent information or storytelling, the number of amazing full-color photographs in each of these books made them well worth the price I paid.
The cover price of Trout Water is $35.00, and the cover price of Fly-Fishing Daydreams is $39.95.
In the bargain pile at Garden Ridge, they were both marked $9.99.
I admit that I felt the need to rescue these books from their unexpected location. I think it is highly unlikely that they would encounter another fly fisher in a Garden Ridge in Birmingham, Alabama. I couldn't just leave them there, could I?
You really never know what you might find out there. Keep your eyes peeled for fish peeking out of a pile.