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Subject: Name your MUST GO TO used book store here
Date Posted: 10/10/2011 12:02 PM ET
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A new discovery of mine and one that must be shared (Mimi, do not miss this next time you are up north). I though perhaps we could catalog our favorite must visit UBS's for reference when we're travelling.

Tacoma Book Center. Books floor to ceiling, there are even some so valuable they're kept in glass display cases. Reference books. Fiction galore. Old classics. Old editions of Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys and more. We found several of the Angelique books, HTF Jean Plaidys, Gellis' Roselynde series and more. Plan to go back soon and I see they take books in trade.

 

 

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 1:47 PM ET
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Ooooh, I've never heard of that one!

Mine is Powells in Portland. 

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 3:13 PM ET
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The Goodwill distribution center was where I always went.  But they are putting light rail in between downtown St. Paul the U and Minneapolis.  It is really hard to navigate down around there so I haven't gone there in quite a while.  The "Bookshop"  is within walking distance of my house I go there and it is so homey.

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 4:31 PM ET
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I've never had the guts to go into Powells.

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 4:34 PM ET
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Oh Cathy, they give you a map when you enter. It's that awesome. 

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 4:40 PM ET
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Besides the FOL book racks at my local library (which has resulted in some great hauls), there are the FOL bookstores which are quite good, especially the Wheaton one where the former library books end up. If you don't mind ex-library books, they're great buys.

Then there's Second Story Books. And there's Wonder Books. These two aren't as inexpensive but there are lots of books.

So, there really are excellent reasons to come visit me...besides wine, chocolate, and my sparkling personality (which really should be enough).smiley

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 5:01 PM ET
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Deb, we'll all see you this weekend.

Mimi, a store needing maps scares me to death. You must must must stop at the Tacoma BC next time you are up north. There is free parking, so don't let the right by the Tacoma Dome scare you off.

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 5:50 PM ET
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When I lived in Utah, the best UBS was Sam Weller's right downtown. That was another place where you almost needed a map. The lower level twists around and goes so far, I swear it's built underneath all the downtown buildings - like the catacombs in Rome!

In Tucson, the main UBS is Bookman's and they have a few of them in different locations. I'm going to have to look for more!

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 6:15 PM ET
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I forgot, you can see what the Tacoma BC is like in video here.

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 11:24 PM ET
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I'm in Orange County California and the best UBS is The Book-off.  They have 2 locations in Westminster Mall and Costa Mesa.  Great stuff!

Date Posted: 10/10/2011 11:56 PM ET
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Deb, we'll all see you this weekend.

 

          YAY!!

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Date Posted: 10/11/2011 12:11 PM ET
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We have an excellent UBS here in Taos named Hooked on Books.  You have to go practically everyday to get bestsellers!  The owner told me the other day that she took in and sold over 20 copies of "Girl with the Dragon Tatoo" last week alone.  For a small town, she has a great selection.  She tries to keep series together, which I really appreciate, by giving a discount if you buy the whole series.  She doesn't sell LP, so that is the only thing I can't get there that I shop for.  And she won't do any Series romance.  They end up out in the hall on a table for 50 cents.  But I have found some wishlisted Harlequins out there.

Date Posted: 10/11/2011 7:21 PM ET
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Chamblin's Book Mine in Jacksonville Fl. It's huge. They bought the building next door and stuffed it full of books.

Date Posted: 10/11/2011 10:32 PM ET
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Last time we visiting the in-laws I discovered Rodger's Book Barn in Hillsdale NY.  It is a huge barn full of books.  I found it by looking up bookstores on my GPS.  It took me out in the middle of nowhere down a 1 lane dirt road.  I thought I was lost and almost turned around.  Glad I didn't.  That place is awesome.

Here where I live I like Booked for the Season (There are 4 of them but I like the Grand Haven location the best because it is always neat and is run by the nicest lady).

In Grand Rapids MI where I work I like Argos bookstore and Mystery House Book Shoppe in Walker, MI.

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Date Posted: 10/11/2011 10:57 PM ET
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TWILL,

Do we have one in AR?

Mary

Date Posted: 10/14/2011 9:51 AM ET
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I'm in northwest Charlotte, NC--sort of not an intellectually-oriented part of town, so there's nothing great nearby. There are 4 stores that are sometimes worthwhile and I make a kind of circuit when I can...but most keep lousy hours--10-5ish--and I work so it's rare that I get there and I"m usually disappointed. I do better online.

When I lived in DC, well, I have one word for you: Georgetown.

Date Posted: 10/14/2011 10:43 PM ET
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Gainesville Book Company  in Gainesville, Florida - 250,000 books on display at any one time.  Unless marked otherwise, most hardbacks are $2, most trade paperbacks are $1, most mass market paperbacks are $0.75, and most children's books (two rooms full) are $0.50.  Teachers get a 10% discount at any time and sometimes they have 20% off everything.  Books run the gamut from dog-eared to brand new.

Open two weekends a month. Run by a very nice retired couple who are doing their best to ensure everyone can afford books to read.

One of the nicest things is that in many rooms (genres have their own rooms)  the books are sorted alphabetically by author.  And they have people working for them who will ask if you need help and then take you to where the book is, if it is there.

On weekends when they are buying books, they pay you up front as you go in.  Free cookies, tea and coffee, and a nice restroom open to visitors.  Liitle nooks with comfortable chairs to sit in as you browse through a book or when you take a break.

This is the kind of place where I want to go to when I die.

 

Date Posted: 10/15/2011 12:55 PM ET
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Chamblin's Book Mine in Jacksonville Fl. It's huge. They bought the building next door and stuffed it full of books.

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I grew up wandering around the colossal stacks of Chamblin Bookmine, so much so that I'm pretty sure I could make my way to my favorite sections with my eyes closed. Considering their labyrinth-like floorplan, that's quite an accomplishment! I don't go there very often now that I've found PBS, but it's still a favorite. Definitely not somewhere to go if you're claustrophobic or are looking for brand new releases (which are only 10% off), but it's a great place to spend an afternoon and there are always interesting things to discover.

 

Date Posted: 10/15/2011 12:56 PM ET
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+1 for Book-Off!  Love it.

Date Posted: 10/17/2011 9:08 AM ET
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The Book Barn in Niantic, CT. There is an old barn full of books with outer buildings scattered here and there, also full of books. It's a nice place to visit and there are places to sit outside, so you can eat your lunch or just hang out and read. Oh, and the kitties are very friendly and follow you around.

Date Posted: 10/18/2011 12:08 PM ET
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My go-to used book store is - PBS!  I haven't set foot in a brick & mortar UBS since I joined this club.

Date Posted: 10/19/2011 10:12 PM ET
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The Book Barn in Niantic, CT.

That's where I go too. I have to go alone because I spend so much time just looking. 

Date Posted: 10/20/2011 2:38 PM ET
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A thrift store where I can get a bag of books for $2 and another where pbs are always 50 cents and HBs $1 - all sometimes less.  Children's books are $.25.  Found a classic fantasy children's book this week and a Sharon Kay Penman HB in like new condition.  Never get to browse long enough though which makes it even more fun! 

Date Posted: 10/23/2011 12:24 PM ET
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I like the BirchBark Bookshop, outside of Potsdam, NY.  Probably not too convenient for most of you, but if you're ever in St. Lawrence County, you should check it out!

Date Posted: 10/25/2011 3:35 PM ET
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I mentioned this site to Letty in an e-mail but thought I'd throw it out here in case some of you haven't heard about it : BetterWorld Books. I've found books on this on line site that I couldn't find anywhere else PLUS the shipping is free. Like any UBS they also have new books, but they have a ton of used ones! I mean there are books I've been trying to get at Book Depository for a long time now and I keep getting "currently unavailable". Well, they had them at BWB!

BTW, I heard from a friend that Book Depository might be bought out by Amazon - has anyone else heard anything about that?