LaCreeperie Website Now Features Vinyl Records

Yes darlings, it's true! It seems that book people are often record people too. So I have decided to include a Vinyl Records category on the LaCreeperie website, and see how it goes.

 I've also decided to close my Etsy record shop JustCoolRecords after 8 years, which (in theory) will allow me more time for blogging and building my evil empire...mwahawwahahaa. But after taking an Instagram poll, it seemed people were interested in seeing vinyl on the LaCreeperie website. "Give the people what they want" is one of my mottos, and so a vinyl category was born.

You can expect to see Halloween related records, Horror, SciFi/Fantasy soundtracks, spooky sound effects albums and a few Pop Culture titles in the category. My main focus will always be books first, but I am having too much fun adding vinyl to the website. I've given up trying to keep abreast of all the new releases and reissues coming out faster than you can say BOO, but I promise to keep my record hunting skills honed to try to find the titles worthy of your attention.

Currently, new vinyl titles are being added to the website every weekend (or at least Saturdays), in an effort to build up the category and give you fresh, tasty records to devour weekly. Any plans to remove or increase the vinyl category will be addressed after a trial period of roughly six months.

Welcome fellow vinyl junkies, pull up a seat and stay awhile. You never know what treasures I will come across on my quest for delicious and desirable books for you to read, and spooky records for you to listen to. Stay tuned!

A Formal Welcome...and a Brief History Of LaCreeperie


Since LaCreeperie's inception, it has undergone many, many changes in it's 6 year lifetime. What's that, you say? 6 years?? Yep. I dreamt up the LaCreeperie name 6 years ago, and immediately opened an Etsy Shop. At that time, I didn't really know what to carry in the shop, I just wanted to lock in the name and figured the rest would come.

At first I carried anything Halloween, Horror or Gothic related I could find, within the 20 year-or-older vintage parameter. Then I moved on to children's Halloween books, which did very well and sold out almost faster than I could list them. That's about the time my other shop JustCoolRecords began to skyrocket, and I could no longer afford the time to nurture LaCreeperie. Somewhere after that the shop remained completely empty and sad for more than a year until April 2014, when a new and improved LaCreeperie was born and remains as you see it today.

In November 2014, the website was launched, and has come to be the most successful website I have ever created in 13 years of online retailing. I have many loyal followers to thank for this, and I never cease to be amazed at the constant flow of positive feedback it receives. I guess I finally got it right.

So now it's time to build LaCreeperie's blog, by sharing books, art, websites, blogs, artists, writers and anything else I find interesting and fitting in the beautifully shadowed world of the horror enthusiast. Join me, won't you? And don't hesitate to drop me a line to share your favorites of the above mentioned so I might pass them along. Stay tuned for much more to come....


How To Safely Remove Stickers From Book Covers

Heads up book lovers! Today I'd like to share with you a way to remove those nasty price/store stickers from your precious book covers--WITHOUT DAMAGING THEM! 

I know, I know, I've done it too, plenty of times, and ruined an otherwise great looking cover all in the name of either impatience, ignorance or sheer stubbornness thinking I could remove it carefully without peeling a part of the cover picture overlay off. Well, no more of that I say...read on!

                                                       THE TOOLS:

1. Lighter fluid (yes, I know, it sounds terrifying, but TRUST ME). It works amazingly well, and it's CHEAP.

2. Exact-O Knife (or tweezers would work great too)

3. A soft, absorbent cloth or paper towel

4. Q-tips (optional)


STEP 1:
First off, you'll want to be doing this on a flat surface, with plenty of light to see the fluid/glue residue.




Saturate the sticker with lighter fluid CAREFULLY, it will come out of the spout very quickly--so watch it. Make sure you get the whole sticker thoroughly wet with fluid. The fluid will start to run/bleed quickly--don't panic, it's ok--wipe off excess with your cloth or paper towel. Fluid will immediately start to soak into the sticker, then begin to evaporate.





STEP 2:
When the fluid has nearly 'dried' (10-15 seconds), take your Exact-O knife (or tweezers, knife, fingernail) and gently pry up a corner or edge of the sticker to see if it will come off easily.

If it looks like the sticker won't come off cleanly or very easily--no worries--do step #1 again. Re-saturate, and wait for fluid to evaporate. Now sticker should come off really easily and cleanly. Repeat process again for extra stubborn stickers. 

STEP 3:
Depending on the type of glue, the kind of paper and what kind of cover you have (matte and textured or glossy) there may be a little glue left behind. This is where the Q-Tips come in handy. Put some fluid on either your cloth/towel or Q-tip and rub in a circular motion to remove any stubborn glue or bits of sticker left behind. Most all stickers I have found come off without this step, but I've added it here because there are so many variables; how the book was stored, how old the book/sticker is, paper and glue types, etc.

Now. If you see what looks like an 'oil spot' or residue from the fluid on the cover DON'T PANIC this WILL evaporate in a short time. Unlike alcohol, lighter fluid won't remove any color or texture from the paper. And unlike GooGone, it won't leave a nasty, smelly, oily residue that you'll be stuck with forever. Just let the cover sit for a bit, and it will return to it's original state.




                                                                                                                                There, now wasn't that slick and easy? Hope this helps, and now you won't be deterred from buying any books that have stickers all over them--you can restore them (and it's actually kind of fun!).

RELATED TIPS:

Sharpie/Permanent Ink: Alcohol works well for Sharpie marks and grease pencil, but be careful--as stated earlier, it can/will remove color from the cover if you rub too hard. Use a Q-tip and work small areas at a time.

Stubborn Stickers: So far, the only type of cover/sticker I have had trouble removing is on covers that are matte and old. Generally, only the top layer of the sticker seems to come off, despite several attempts of removal without damage. The result looks something like this: