28 Apr Two Beautiful Words: Used Books
Depending on the route I take home from work, I sometimes drive by my favorite local shop. I hadn’t noticed an illuminated open sign in awhile, so stopping by hasn’t been in the forefront of my mind.
My bookworm friend (and neighbor) Frank called me last Thursday and said,
“Guess what’s open—The Book Cellar!”
The Book Cellar is a local used book shop that has been a part of my little town for at least twenty years. I’ve only been living here thirteen years, but as soon as I found out about it, I was hooked!
Larger cities have some amazing used book shops and usually more than one if they are lucky enough. Where I live only has the one, but it is great one.
The shop isn’t fancy or computerized, but in the last 2-3 years the workers have really put effort in to organizing their inventory. The prices can’t be beat, most books fall in to the $1-3 range. For such a small town (population-wise), TBC has such a wide selection of books.
Last week after a doctor appointment Frank noticed TBC was open, so he went in. After a sad conversation with one of the owners (it’s owned by a husband and wife), he learned they were struggling to get the bills paid since everything started closing. They’ve laid off all of their workers. Re-opening in the last week it’s only them two running it for just a few hours Monday-Saturday. The owners are hoping the landlord will work with them since they have been tenants for so long.
Friday I sent a text message to my bookclub group and told them to swing by The Book Cellar and buy some books if they got a chance and could get out.
I went in Saturday morning and spent a dreamy hour and a half browsing and then buying books. The picture above is my book haul (there are a bunch more hiding inside the bag). Over all my countless visits in the last thirteen years, I have never left TBC empty handed. The only other store I can claim this about is Walmart (and that doesn’t count!).
Shopping Saturday was the first time I had been anywhere other than the grocery store and work in five weeks…
And I loved every minute of it.
“A bookshop is a peaceful sanctuary of silent voices waiting to be heard.” — Maja Naido
“I have gone to [this bookshop] for years, always finding the one book I wanted – and then three more I hadn’t known I wanted.” —Mary Ann Shaffer
“My depth of purse is not so great
Nor yet my bibliophilic greed,
That merely buying doth elate:
The books I buy I like to read:
Still e’en when dawdling in a mead,
Beneath a cloudless summer sky,
By bank of Thames, or Tyne, or Tweed,
The books I read — I like to buy.”— A. Edward Newton