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07 September 2014 @ 08:40 pm
The most amazing bookshop  
I meant to post about this last Saturday but then I had visitors and promptly forgot - found the photo again when I was downloading my garden photos yesterday.

Just like the title says - I found the most amazing second hand bookshop and it's right in my suburb. It's been there for years, not in the main shopping centre but in a pocket of the industrial area; I only found it by chance.

And this is what it's like, inside:

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Seriously. Every aisle is like that. Every time I turned around I was knocking things off the shelf behind me with my handbag. And if there was already someone in the aisle you wanted to look through, well, you just had to wait for them to finish browsing and move off.

I was really pleased to find that it was quite busy, too; numerous others browsing, including one lady with three young boys who exited the shop excitedly discussing their purchases - that was rather heartwarming, in fact, to think that these kids aged 6 to 12 were still interested in reading!

And this is what I found:

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Complete with cardboard slip case, and still in its original plastic.

Also picked up a series by Steven Lawhead, called Song of Albion. I've previously read and enjoyed his Pendragon Cycle so I thought I'd give this a try. I *hope* there were only three books in the series, because that was all they had in the shop.

I think I'll be spending quite a bit of time in this shop in the future. I wonder if they're interested in selling it....
Current Mood: enthralledenthralled
a honeyed wine at night: slow loris meadmoonlightmead on September 7th, 2014 02:21 pm (UTC)
Awesome bookshop! How brilliant that you have stumbled across it! And I am really entertained that in the middle of an industrial area, it is still busy enough - without advertising? - that you have to wait for people to move before you can go further down the aisle.

Do let us know what Song of Albion is like. I have just glanced at it on Wikipedia. Oooh. Lots of Welsh names. If you need help with the pronunciation, just say!
miwahni: Cats Literary Catmiwahni on September 8th, 2014 12:01 pm (UTC)
It was amazing - next to a brakes and muffler auto repair shop and opposite a pool supplies place, with a chiropractor next door. Just not what you'd expect to find.

Thanks for the offer, I may end up taking you up on it. My copy of The Mabinogion has a guide to pronunciation in the front, but it's not comprehensive.
ali15son: pic#122303548ali15son on September 7th, 2014 02:55 pm (UTC)
whar a wondeful bookshop , it looks like you could get lost in there , are you sure there were no professionals books to be found ...you never know what you might find under all those books *g*
miwahni: Cats Literary Catmiwahni on September 8th, 2014 12:02 pm (UTC)
I did have a bit of a look, to be honest, but couldn't see any. Found lots of books for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr Who but no Pros, or MFU, sadly.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMO] BOOKSdraycevixen on September 7th, 2014 06:30 pm (UTC)

Secondhand bookshops are my greatest weakness. There's something about digging for treasure that's just irresistible.
miwahni: Sherlock Keep calm and trust sherlockmiwahni on September 8th, 2014 12:08 pm (UTC)
The best one I've ever seen was Barter Books in Alnwick, Northumberland - an absolute joy and delight.

And you'll never guess what I just found when I went looking for an image of the shop to post here:

Keep Calm and Carry On

Edited because stupid LJ won't allow me to embed a vid in comments - since when, LJ? *shakes fist*

Edited at 2014-09-08 12:10 pm (UTC)
entropy_houseentropy_house on September 8th, 2014 01:56 am (UTC)
Wonderful! I used to visit a used bookstore very like that one, many years ago. My mother refused to go in because the aisles were so narrow she said it was a deathtrap in case of fire!

Didn't bother me. :^)
miwahni: Cats Literary Catmiwahni on September 8th, 2014 12:11 pm (UTC)
Well she's quite possibly right, but who would let the chance of a horrible painful death put them off books, right? *g*