Imagine that: Harrogate book shop left ‘overwhelmed’ as tweet regarding 'worst ever day' is seen by 1 million people

Georgia Duffy at the Imagined Things bookshop says she has had an incredible response to her tweet about a lack of customers.
Georgia Duffy at the Imagined Things bookshop says she has had an incredible response to her tweet about a lack of customers.

An independent book shop has been ‘overwhelmed’ by the response of the Harrogate public after making a desperate plea for more customers.

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Imagined Things, inside the Westminster Arcade on Parliament Street, tweeted its followers this week after experiencing its ‘worst day ever’.

The tweet has since been retweeted thousands of times and has attracted a huge number of comments from people who wish to support it and other independent book stores.

Imagined Things’ tweet said: “We only took £12.34 today...if anyone was thinking about buying a book now would be a great time! Things have been tough recently - today the worst day ever. A card,a book,anything makes a huge difference to a small business like ours. We’d be very grateful for your support.”

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The shop, the first independent bookseller in the town for nearly 20 years, opened in the summer of last year when published author Georgia Duffy put her career as a radiographer at Harrogate District Hospital on hold to run it.

A later message from her said: "We are still snowed under. Our tweet has now had over 1 million impressions! And we have had tonnes of support from local people. We are astounded!"

Comments from people who wished to show their support have been flooding in ever since, so much so that the response has overwhelmed staff who were forced to then apologise to people for not getting back to them.

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A further message from the shop read: “Thank you so much everyone for all your support and messages! We’re utterly overwhelmed & can’t keep up! If we’ve missed anyone we’re really sorry!!.”

Still fielding customers on Thursday, she said: “On Monday there was hardly anyone in all day. On Tuesday there must have been 50 people, and we’ve been taking orders by email, too.

“I don’t think we’ve seen the full impact of it even now. It’s just been phenomenal. Hopefully this will be the start of people in Harrogate knowing us better.”

It is now hoped that the reaction and interest from her tweet has given the shop a new lease of life.