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Books, family, love

A few months ago, my family happened across a used bookstore that was going out of business. The store’s lovely, kid-friendly owners couldn’t afford the rent, which had just been jacked up something like 50%.

My husband, sons, and I bought a couple of boxes full of books that day. Before we left, my husband signed up for the owners’ school book fair mailing list. It’s a good thing he did, too!

A few days ago, he got a great email about the bookstore. First, there’d been such an outpouring of love for Camelot Books, its owners had decided to open up shop somewhere else a few months down the road. The store wouldn’t be closing down for good. Woo-hoo!

Second, there wouldn’t be enough space to store their inventory in the meantime. With thousands of books still left, the real sale had begun! 

My family and I returned to the store yesterday, eventually leaving with one enormous box of books for only about fifty dollars. We left, too, with memories of another hour spent surrounded by books, love, and each other … and the elation of knowing this bookstore will continue, and with it a joy that has little to do with physical location.

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  1. March 12, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    The most pleasurable thing I have read all day! Honestly, there is nothing more special than hours spent in the company of books and loved ones. The smell, the sounds, the glorious feeling! I remember countless times spent like that with my family in used book stores. We trawled the city for them, I remember. My heart still surges with that old feeling of excitement, what lovely memories you are making for your sons. And how great it is that because of a great community, a brilliant book store is saved! 🙂

    • March 12, 2017 at 7:48 pm


      I spent a couple of hours today reading books from yesterday’s trip. One was a copy of a book Anthony read for college, and correctly anticipated I’d appreciate. Another was a kids book on spiders, which Littler had chosen, and a third, an Avatar (airbender) comic Li’l D was stoked to find. We have months of adventures in the books we’ve bought from Camelot so far. I love every bit of it, at the bookstore and at home. ❤

  2. March 12, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Love it! 🙂

  3. March 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Books, book fair, family, fun. This post is full of many of my favorite things! 🙂

    • March 12, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Hear, hear! I am SO glad Anthony signed up for that mailing list. (The stores’ owners were so delighted to interact with young readers, they totally won our hearts.)

  4. March 12, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    How marvelous!

    • March 12, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      I love visiting used bookstores. Doing so today adds layers of joyful memory to those made with my mom and siblings in such bookstores decades ago.

  5. March 12, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    I have almost total sales resistance – except where books and plants are concerned. On both of those, my failures are epic.
    I feel very little guilt.
    Books bring comfort, escape, education and delight. I love thinking that your children are going to have those joys ahead.

  6. Martin Cororan
    March 13, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Bravo (as us English said 50 years ago!)

  7. March 13, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Beautiful story!

  8. March 13, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Awesomeness! Sooo happy to hear the bookstore will reopen…passionate about used books so totally loving this post. And I agree, beautiful memories you’re creating here for your family. 🙂 Sweet!

  9. March 14, 2017 at 10:35 am

    I love those kinds of deals and I still enjoy reading books instead of on my kindle. The smell of the paper.

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