Wednesday, March 15, 2006

2nd Story Bookstore: Used Book Heaven

This is one of my favorite bookstores in DC. This is the sidewalk sale at Second Story Books in Dupont Circle. The sidewalk sale only occurs if the weather is at or above about 50 degrees. The books usually sale for around $4 but they sometime go for as low as $2. This picture was taken yesterday afternoon. I didn't buy any yesterday, but I've found some really great used books (sometimes out of print) here over the years. Where are my used book lovers out there?

14 comments:

Michael J. West said...

I am addicted to the used records at Second Story. Funny, but I've bought a dozen of those there, but never a single book. What's up with that?

Stephen Bess said...

MJW-
Yes, I've bought a couple of used records there too. They have a great selection! One problem...I don't own a record player. :)

Sumeeta said...

I'm glad that I am not the only used book lover out here.

When I lived in southern West Virginia, there was a small used bookstore that I always passed on my way to school. I always stopped even if I didn't buy anything just to roam through the stacks. I found it so relaxing just to go through and look at the books as if each one was an old friend. I always envied the owner who got to spend his entire day in the company of these books.

Thanks for bringing back that memory. It is one of my favorites!

Stephen Bess said...

Hi Sumeeta. :)
I've always loved the atmosphere of this store. They usually have alternative music playing on old speakers that are placed around the store. There is much comfort there.

Georgiapeach said...

I always go by the library and purchase used books..lol. They have them for $.50 and up. Usually I buy so many books, I never get to read all of them. I mainly just like to purchase them..lol. I mean a book for fifty cents? You can beat that even if the book doesn't appeal to you. I must say the one main used book that I bought..that I have never used will be my chinese cook book. Chinese food is not as simple as I thought!..lol. All those different spices and meats..lol.

How's that fine brother of yours?

Poi said...

Hey Stephen, here's one but too far :(

Hope you're well and having a good week!

sabbath day's journey said...

Present and accounted for! Nothing like some good dusty books to make one feel rich. Two dollars is a pretty good deal; I'd surely be in my element! I've added you to my sidebar...now it will be easier to navigate back here when I have the time.

Peace,
Michele

Stephen Bess said...

GAPeach-
What up! I feel you. I have to stop buying books just so I can read the ones that I've already bought. Yeah, you can't beat .50 cent books! I need to stay away. My brother should be on his way back from Jamaica today. He's still doing his thing. I told him that he had a fan. :)

Poi-
Hello friend. You sooooooo far. sooooooo far away. You're so far that I don't even know where you are?? :) Take care.

Michelle-
What's up! Yes, I'll have to come pay you a visit on your "pretty page." :) Thanks for linking me.

Troy N. said...

I constantly buy books, old, new, used, the library sale ones, you name it. You'd really be surprised what some places even throw away as far as books are concerned. I love books.

Stephen Bess said...

Troy n-
I understand your problem. It's a big problem, but I've managed to control it. :)

NML said...

I love used books. That pic reminds me of summer days in London and Dublin. I can spend hours in book stores.

Stephen Bess said...

nml-
We share this love of books

UARIDI said...

I think I shall have to come to DC just to buy books. I think I have read most of the books in London.

Stephen Bess said...

uaridi-
Haa haa! :) Let me know and I will lead you directly to this charming bookstore in Dupont Circle.