One of my favorite pastimes – used book stores

by Scott Mingus on September 23, 2007 · 1 comment

I just love browsing through used book stores! In three decades of heavy business travel, I have made it a point over the years of finding stores that cater to my hobbies and interests – baseball card shops, miniature wargaming stores, and used bookshops. The latter is the most prevalent by far, and often the most fun, as you just never know what you are going to find. Tucked in some musty, dusty corner might be that very book you have been looking for! For me, it’s boring to browse eBay and the Internet, although I still use this as my main way of locating that elusive book I am interested in. It’s more fun to poke through the stacks and shelves at used book stores.

Yesterday I was a guest speaker at a Civil War event in my adopted hometown of York, PA. The used book store that hosted the event, the York Emporium, is one of the best kept secrets in the Maryland – Virginia – Pennsylvania region, as it is perhaps the largest used book store in a hundred miles. It’s certainly one of the largest I have ever been in, with 19,000 square feet jammed with all kinds of titles, including Civil War out-of-print books.

For a little more information on this fascinating used book store, read my post on my Cannonball blog.


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Matt McKeon September 23, 2007 at 1:44 pm

I love a good used book store. Our local public library has a giant used book sale once a year: many do. The big ones are worth going to. Be early, used book dealers arrived an hour or two before opening, then rush in, stripping the tables of the most saleable items.


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