It is sometimes difficult for me to recycle. We live in a truck, storing anything for any length of time is tough. So recycling has to be easy and convenient. Sometimes, I have to find my own way to recycle. Last week, it was buying a vintage dress, this week it was buying used books. Perhaps I’m more in to Re-Using than Re-cycling. Ok, so maybe I’m stretching it a little, maybe I’m not really helping the planet here, but boy, do I like it.
We are in Placerville, California, home of my in-laws. They live just a few blocks from the historic downtown of Hangtown. I love the downtown area. It is full, every store front is filled, mostly with antique stores and art galleries, restaurants and crafting stores. Many of my favorite places are located within just blocks of each other. But my favorite, if I can get to none of the others, I always have time for The Bookery. It is a cramped, used bookstore with shelves rising to the ceiling, scattered throughout the store at all angles, aisles are only wide enough for a single person to get through. There are nooks and crannies everywhere, stacks of books that don’t fit on the shelves line the floor. Any book you are looking for is in there, it’s not even that hard to find. Completely organized, it just takes a little time and attention to follow all the signs in the store.
I’m not usually looking for just A book, I want to discover and unearth something that I would never find online or in a new bookstore. I certainly don’t want to find it too fast, then my adventure would be over. If I just go in for one book, what might I miss? I love bookstores of all kinds, but the Bookery is truly my favorite. There are special finds everywhere you look, there are authors I haven’t yet discovered and in a used bookstore, I convince myself that buying twelve books is a bargain. I can pick up more than I usually would because I’m not paying full price. Admittedly, it’s a self-deception, but I’m ok with that, don’t we all have something we lie to ourselves about? I love reading books and can’t wait to get started on many of my new treasures, thanks to the Bookery and its’ staff for a wonderful afternoon.