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BOOKSTORE UPDATES: Renewal in Santa Paula; continued slow death in Pasadena

August 14, 2013

This is going to be a quickie “placeholder” post as my computer’s been acting up today, so just wanted to get this in before everything comes crashing down and life as we know it ends in a flaming ball of hellfire, or my computer dies, whichever comes first.

1. There’s a GREAT new used bookstore (is that an oxymoron? “new used”? whatever) in Santa Paula, California called GO GETTER BOOKS. I paid them a visit last week and was VERY impressed! It’s a fairly small store right now but obviously a lot of room to expand. They’re still putting things together but what’s there so far is great!

With a few exceptions, all hardbacks are $2.00 and all paperbacks are $1.00. I left with an armful and a half and would have loved to get more, but no shopping baskets – yet! They’re coming, I’m sure.

Oh and also, they weren’t set up to take credit cards yet so be sure you bring cash.

Here’s a nice article from a local paper about their grand opening: (and whoops! you may have to subscribe to read the full article – sorry about that!).

And hi to “Rome”, the nice young gentleman behind the counter (well, actually more like a card table, but like everything else, I’m sure that’ll be upgraded in time!).

Anyway, Main Street in Santa Paula, California is a GREAT place for a bookstore, and I hope they’ll really become a part of that lovely community for many years to come!

2. Cliff’s Books in Pasadena is still open, on a month-to-month basis, and still selling off their stock at 50% of the marked prices. I’m really sorry to have to say this, because I have enjoyed shopping there for almost all of the 25 years they’ve been in business, but – even at 50% off, their prices are still way too high. If I were them I would take a page from Go-Getter’s book and just offer everything for $1/$2 – seriously, I know they think they have a lot of valuable collectibles, but at this point, taking into account how much it’s going to cost them to move and/or store what they’ve got in there, how valuable can they really be if they haven’t sold by now?

Sorry for the rant, I feel sad that they’re on their way out. But ya know, there’s a lesson to be learned here – if nothing else, a used bookstore today MUST be at least partly online. Cliff’s never did get a website. They do have a rudimentary Facebook page ( but as you can see they haven’t spent a whole lot of time interacting with their customers.

In my next post, I’ll talk more about the great “new used” bookstores that have opened up in the last few years, and why they’re thriving while so many others have died.


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