*NEW UPDATE 6/25/20*
We have been very happy to see book lovers in the shop again! We are still open by appointment (and for pickup and shipping) but we need to update our hours of operation and our visitor policies to adapt to changing requirements.
We can still accomodate curbside pick-up. We are actively posting multiple updates each day to our Facebook page, including some discounted items, featured books, and interesting things we come across as we sort through the full shelves.
Based on the size of our store and the space available to social distance, we decided that appointment browsing is still the optimal way to let people in the shop, with some restrictions:
Books are still being shipped out every day from orders on this website and through phone and Facebook requests. People are sending us lists of books to check our shelves and we are happy to keep doing this! Our employees are keeping busy and we would like to keep them working as long as possible.
How this works:
The inventory listed on this website is still available. Our other store, Bob’s Beach Books, is currently taking orders through social media.
Our open hours have traditionally been 10 to 5:30 every day. Per the above section, we are not abiding by these hours. There are plenty of books (over 200,000) for everybody. We also carry comic books, trading cards, and media (including audiobooks, movies and TV series on DVD, and music on vinyl and on CD). We hope you find something you're looking for!
Thank you all for your patience as we replaced the carpet in the entry room. We had to move everything out of the room and are in the process of reorganizing the books and sections. We wanted to get the doors open but things are still in flux, particularly in the main room. What else did we work on outside the main room? Well, we:
We are still finishing up the projects; our closure really should have lasted another week but we kept getting disappointed people knocking on the front door! This means those coming in need to be aware that everything is still in process. Some sections may be temporarily unavailable or difficult to locate or access. Please call if there is a particular section you are interested in so we can let you know if that section can be accessed fully.
As of January 1, 2020 we are required by the Oregon Sustainable Shopping Initiative to charge $.05 for each single use bag given when you check out (even recycled bags--we checked). To avoid the fee, please bring your own reusable tote or other bag. We have reusable bags available for purchase as well.
Want to read a book AND feel super-fancy while you do it? You don't need a cup of tea or a crackling fire in the fireplace--try an Easton Press, Folio Society, or Heritage Press book. We recently bought a ton (yes, an actual literal ton) of super-fancy editions of classic works you have heard of and other classics you probably haven't. These volumes are slowly being brought into the store as we make space and get time to process through them. This lot spans all wants: Some are single volumes, some are sets, some are leather, some are slip-cased, most are illustrated, some are relatively modern, some are antiquarian, some are good literature, and some might be terrible (you never know!). They aren't necessarily expensive but they will all make you feel (you guessed it) absolutely super-fancy when you pick them up. That said, some are quite expensive and are shelved behind glass, up high, or will be listed online; please ask if there's something in particular you are looking for.
At last, Bob is shelving more and more vintage paperbacks. Dell Mapbacks, early Avon, Pocketbook, Dell, etc. We have thousands more in storage, so if there is something you are looking for, ask. We are also starting to organize our extensive collection of digest size books and magazines. From Galaxy Novels to obscure mystery novels and magazines. Next on the list is our selection of early Pulp magazines. Mostly science fiction and westerns, but a nice batch of The Shadow, and some detective and Doc Savage pulps, etc.. Again, ask if you are interested. We don't plan on listing these online.
Yes, we now carry a number of different series of trading cards, mostly from the 1980s/90s. There are some sports cards, many super hero series cards (Marvel, DC, Valiant, Image, etc.), and lots of art cards (Vallejo, Wrightson, Bell, Kaluta, Canty, etc.). The new stock includes sealed boxes, card packs, card sets, signed cards, chase cards, uncut sheets, and other loose cards. We also have a new flip rack full of posters, prints, Colossal Cards, and other illustrations.
Because we just didn't have enough stuff, we decided to bring comics back into the shop. We currently have more than 25 short boxes full of single issue comics and some comic bundles for people to look through (organized, even!) and are always adding. We just put out a number of Preacher, Batman, Archie, Scrooge, Wolverine...etc., etc., ad infinitum. We have a small box of comics-for-kids in the children's room, including Looney Tunes, My Little Pony, Adventure Time, and Classics Illustrated. Star Wars and Doctor Who fans will find some comics with our sci fi series books. There are also a number of long boxes full of adult comics (we are talking very, very adult, for ages 18+ only) available to look through on advance request; these are not out on the floor because we are aware that kiddos get into everything they can reach. We just acquired a HUGE comic collection and will be processing through those over time. If you are looking to sell comics, give us a call; our comic buyer is available in the shop Thursday-Saturday or by other appointment.
We have recently acquired a large collection of antique toy tractors. They are already truckin' on out the door (ha!) but there's more to look at.
Until this collection is gone, we have MTG cards for sale in the shop. You can dig through the more common cards ($.10 each or 6 for $.50) or pick up something a bit more collectible for $.50 each and up. Please ask if you'd like to take a look at the more expensive cards as they are in one of our locked cases so the cards don't disappear...like magic. *poof*
*This section does not currently apply*Two years ago we slightly altered our buying policy. We need time to process and shelve what we have incoming so: We do NOT buy for cash on Monday or Tuesday. You can bring in one small bag or box of books to trade only on Monday or Tuesday. We do buy Wednesday through Sunday for cash or trade credit. Please also be aware that if we have been inundated with trading or buying we may suspend buying on that day until we work through what we have. If you are coming from a great distance or have a large number of books please call us at 541-994-4453 to be sure we can accommodate you when you come.
A special Thank You for all the folks who came in for our 30th anniversary. If you were wondering about the answer to "How many feet of shelving in our shop?", the answer was:
1.64 miles of bookshelves! (8,709 lineal feet of shelf space)
Our winners: C. Bennett ($100), R. Greco ($75), A. Pitts ($50), S. Ishikawa ($50), R. Brocklehurst ($25),
It's been a while now since we acquired the cockpit from a 1967 Boeing 727-100 aircraft. This aircraft section is in the parking lot next to the building on the north side. The plane cannot be accessed by customers from the inside of the shop; we were able bring it in but we aren't able to bring it up to code enough to open it to visitors. This cockpit does make a unique (and a bit drafty) office. It was quite the process getting it in! Linked below is a brief video showing the tail end of the process with the forklift. It's not the most exciting watching--but it is interesting!
General website information:
From this site you can search or browse our online inventory of hard to find, out of print, used, and rare books. The books listed in this inventory are only available through this website; our in-store inventory is not included here. If you would like to visit the shop and see an item that we have listed in this online catalog, you must call ahead (541-994-4453) to schedule a time to view the item(s) as they are stored in a separate location.
If you can't find the book you are looking for in our online inventory, please fill out our off-line search form and we will search our off-line store inventory, other bookstores and book search services for you. Our in-store inventory is not listed in our online catalog.
We are open 7 days a week, 1000 to 1730 Tuesday through Saturday (That is 10 am to 5:30 pm for you civilians) and 1015 to 1800 Sunday and Monday (10:15 am to 4 pm).
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