One of the greatest treasures in the world may be used bookstores. In a little town called Baraboo I discovered the Village Booksmith. From the moment I walked in, I knew I had fallen in love. Run by beautiful golden retriever, it was full and full of books. Now I’ve been to bookstores before – the cashiers at Borders probably know my face – but this bookstore was like one I’ve seen only in movies. Used books, rare books, old books, tucked in corners everywhere – and free coffee for you to drink while you peruse. You see the copy of “The Pilgrim’s Progress” in that picture up there? Well, as I walked in the door, I found my own old copy – except I think it’s even more beautiful. At $6.95, I couldn’t help but buy it to add to our own collection of old books. Take a look for yourself:
And then, as I looked around some more, I found this:
There were old (1900’s) Chemistry books, Engineering guides, classic novels, poetry, Shakespeare, and oh so much more! Tons of current books too for half the price you’d pay for a new copy. I now have a new love for used bookstores and can’t wait to find one back home.
It’s the simple things in life, don’t you think?