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Subject: Great bookstores!
Date Posted: 3/23/2008 8:34 PM ET
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The Book Barn in Niantic, Connecticut is a great used book store.  Most of the trade paperbacks range in price from $1 to $4.  A great place to spend time, with many nooks and crannies to explore. http://bookbarnniantic.com/default.htm

Anyone have any bookstores to recommend? 

Date Posted: 3/23/2008 9:01 PM ET
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I love the Book Barn, although I have only been there once, I plan on going again.  it's about an hour and 45 minutes from my house.  Second Look Books in Plainville, MA is great as well, it's more of a half-price place, but it's huge and has a ton of stock.

Date Posted: 3/23/2008 9:07 PM ET
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I can't seem to find many used book stores in this area.  There is one but I think they are way to high for used paperback books.  They charge you like $3.00 for a used paperback and I'm not trading a bag full of books for 3 books.  It just is not worth it.  That's why I'm so happy I found this site.  It has worked extremely well for me.


Date Posted: 3/23/2008 9:29 PM ET
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No really great bookstores in my area. Except the library when they have a sale.

I like your avatar, Mayline, may I ask who it is/where you got it?

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 9:03 AM ET
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The Book Trader in New Haven.  Yummy food and they must have CRATES of books in the back, because each section is completely different each week.  They're expensive for used books but I pay on the same principle that it's a used bookstore in an expensive part of New Haven and I'd rather they stayed than lost the lease and another pricey boutique moved in.

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 9:36 AM ET
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we have a couple used books stores around here, but they all charge half of the cover price. so unless i have books to trade with them, i dont go there.

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 11:47 AM ET
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None by me. There used to be one about 35 min away but my mom (who lives around there) said that they closed it :( I usually hit up Goodwill and the Salvation Army for my used books. I do wish I had a decent UBS in my area.

Date Posted: 3/24/2008 9:35 PM ET
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Thanks for the avatar complimet Rory!  It's Tifa Lockheart from Final Fantasy 7, and sadly I don't remember where I got it, I randomly found it on my computer. ^__^ 

There is a niche place near me that sells paperback books for a quarter every saturday, I bought The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time for 25c!  However, most of the books are romance, though I have found books that are popular on this site.  I have to go to New Haven sometime, I'm not familiar with the area.   I also shop at goodwills and thriftstores for books, and sometimes I find great deals.  I have the hardest time finding out of print books, more often that not I have to resort to using amazon.com.   

Date Posted: 3/25/2008 5:09 PM ET
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No great used bookstores here - I always seem to have the best luck in towns with a large university....I'm going to Blacksburg, VA on Friday and will definitely be hitting the thrift stores and the UBSes.


As far as NEW book bookstores, we do have a nice one here in Charleston, WV....Taylor Books.  Right downtown, good coffee, good selection for the size.  Also, a great sale section in the back. 


Edited to add.....I used to travel a lot for work, and I always tried to seek out the best bookstores.  For me, the hands down best city I ever found for used bookstores was.....Halifax, Nova Scotia!  I had to buy a new bag to bring home all my purchases!

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Date Posted: 3/25/2008 7:56 PM ET
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we have friends of the library book store here in Medford, small shop in Library building; becoming a fotl get every 3rd book free & prices can't be beat. 50 Cents, $1, $2, occassionally $3 or more; all the time having 1/2 sticker price on them; inside our librarys are always books for sale as well; Talent has a great used book store; lots of $1 paperbacks very good reading material of all kinds including fantasy; & then of course on up; Ashland has several the one I frequent is Bookwagon; they are cheaper on their books at times; i usually get newer books from fotl; trade in & get more $ for credit at Bookwagon; many books there $2.30; & up; new books there are high; I also go to Salvation Army & Goodwill; & yeah! yard sales!

Date Posted: 3/26/2008 11:56 AM ET
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Thrift stores! I frequently find books there that have hundreds of people waiting in line for it here at PBS, and usually don't spend more than 20 to 50 cents! (And yes, if it is on wishlists here I will buy those books, even if I am not interested in reading them, because I know that there are lots of people here who want them.)

Date Posted: 3/26/2008 2:30 PM ET
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Hi Sally!  Yes, I can vouch for the fact that Sally buys books for PBS members, she found some Angela Thirkell books for me!  I also have luck at stores that benefits charities, many books I find there are brand new and are no more than $1.00.

Date Posted: 3/26/2008 10:38 PM ET
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My FAVORITE used bookstore is in Las Cruces, NM called Coas Bookstore. It is HUGE (honestly several rooms), has incredible staff, great prices (and the trade-in credits are awesome!), their own coffee shop...it goes on and on. I know people who save up their books and make special trips to southern NM just for Coas Bookstore. They also sell used (and out of print) books online, if you want to check it out http://www.coasbooks.com/.

Unfortunately, haven't found any great used bookstores in the Phoenix area. If you know of any, let me know!

Date Posted: 3/27/2008 1:17 AM ET
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There are 2 bookstores that I highly recomend. Powell's City of Books in Portland, Oregon.  Every book lover should make at least 1 visit to that store during their life.

I am not sure of the exact name or city of the other one. It is called 32 Rooms. Or 35 Rooms. It is located in a city near Ohio State University.  Have any members in Ohio heard of this store? Or anything with a similar name?


Edited to add:  Another great bookstore is Acres of Books located in Long Beach, CA. It is what its name implies.

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Date Posted: 3/27/2008 2:08 AM ET
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oh, i love visiting Powell's.  my sister moved to Portland a few years back, and she correctly figured she should take me there on my first visit.  now i always try to be able to spend at least an hour or so there, which works well if i'm there part of a day that she has to work.  :)

Subject: Cool bookstores
Date Posted: 3/29/2008 10:16 PM ET
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The Thunderbird bookstore in Carmel Valley, CA.  It was the first bookstore I ever went to that had an attached cafe, where I could browse and eat simultaneously!!  I was in heaven...


Also, loved the aforementioned Powell's in Portland, OR

Another fun bookstore to mention was Upstart and Crow's, but I don't think they're in business any longer.  I think I went to the one in San Diego area??

Karen K

Date Posted: 3/30/2008 9:38 AM ET
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Here in the Denver Metro Area there a a couple of outstanding independent booksellers. The Tattered Cover, which has three locations is one but my personal favorite is a small, genre bookstore it a little kitschy neighborhood in south-ish Denver called Murder By The Book. It is housed in an old Victorian house and they only sell mysteries! Yay! New hardback and paperbacks (trade and mass) but they also have a smallish selection of used PBs as well. Unfortunately, I don't know of any really good used bookstores around here. :( I'll have to keep an eye on this thread.
Date Posted: 3/30/2008 11:28 AM ET
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I love the Moonstone Mystery Bookstore in Flemington, NJ.  It is a mystery specialty store that carries new and used books.  I also love The Strand when I get into the city, which isn't too often.

Date Posted: 3/30/2008 5:59 PM ET
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The Frugal Muse in Madison WI. Huge selection of used books and awesome prices. Very unique selection as well. I always find some of the rare WL I am looking for when I go in there.


Subject: Great Book Stores
Date Posted: 3/30/2008 8:08 PM ET
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Blue Bicycle Used Books in Charleston, SC,  (420 King St.) is a great find!!! Lots of old books and lots of bargains, too. Plus the manager has written several interesting books of poetry! 

Then, of course, I am so glad I was in Portland, OR, and our daughter took us to Powell's Book Store. I could hardly believe it takes up a whole block!! And on the bookshelves with the new books, I found used ones with the same titles, so if a reader wanted to pay less, he could just buy the used one!!! I could spend weeks in that one I think!!!



Date Posted: 3/31/2008 12:52 AM ET
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Date Posted: 3/31/2008 11:08 PM ET
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City Lights in Sylva, NC

The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, NC

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 12:47 AM ET
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Half Price Books...they also have an online store, but it isn't half as cool as the actual store.  I think they are privately owned, because there are 2 here in phoenix, and the one farther from me isn't as good as the one 3 miles from me.  They are half price on everything (some are used, and are less than half off) and they have an AWESOME section of clearance in the back that have books for $1-3- most are brand new.  I buy books I don't even want, but know the fellow pbswappers want them, so I use them as currency for books I want.  They also offer lots of coupons, and twice a year, they have a 20% off everything sale.  I could go in there every day, but I'm not made of money :(

Date Posted: 4/2/2008 8:30 PM ET
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I found an awesome used bookstore in Crossville, Tennessee.  It's called The Book Cellar.  Huge store with pretty much everything you could ask for.  Books were so inexspensive, rangin from $1- $8. I purchased 20 books, most being hardcover for about $30. Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Date Posted: 4/2/2008 9:45 PM ET
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