I have a great fondness of used bookstores. My brother used to take me to several in our area when I was a kid. Aladdin’s Books in Old Town Fullerton and Book Baron on Magnolia in Anaheim were my favorites. I loved walking around in these places, looking at the different cover art and the variety of books. Who needs Barnes and Nobles, these books have history, other people have read, enjoyed (or even hated) the books on the shelves. God, I even love the smell of the slightly stale air of the books.
Sadly both stores are gone, as well as all the other used bookstores that I used to go to. But once in a while, you sometimes can discover another one, waiting to be found.
As I was driving around in Huntington Beach, I saw a store front that just simply had a sign that said “USED BOOKS”. I figured, what the hell…it wouldn’t hurt to look around.
This is what I found when I walked inside…
I nearly cried. In an age where bookstores (big and small) are going away, I find one that’s just like the ones I remembered. Walking around brought back all my memories of the used bookstores of my youth. I couldn’t have been happier.
I saw on YELP that people say that it’s a terrible store because of the disorganization…well those people don’t get it. Seeing piles of books on the floor, that to me is used bookstore heaven. This place isn’t disorganized, it’s just right.
I mean, you gotta love a bookstore that has Doc Savage to buy on the shelf…
Or a store that has signs like this….
And yes, I did buy something from the store, a nice hardcover of Sherlock Holmes mysteries (this one containing both A Study in Scarlet and The Hound of Baskervilles) that was $6. Oh yeah…you also can’t beat the price of these places.
If you live near Huntington Beach, CA here is the address of this place…
Sandcastle Used Bookstore16582 Gothard St
Huntington Beach, CA 92647
But you know what, I’d advise you to just drive around your area, because who knows, maybe you’ll make your own discovery.