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Goodwill Book Stores – a welcome bright spot on the dying used bookstore landscape

November 15, 2013

Sorry, folks! I know I’m way overdue for a post here.

My only excuse is – life happens! And that’s all I’m going to say!

Anyway, today I’m on my way to visit a Goodwill Bookstore in Agoura Hills, California today.

Goodwill Bookstores are a relatively new phenomena. Of course Goodwill Thrift Shops have been around for a long time, and they usually have books, on one or two shelves back in the corner behind the kids’ toys and snowsuits.

However, a few years ago, someone at Goodwill looked around, saw how many used bookstores were closing, saw how many tons of books were subsequently being dumped in the Goodwill collection boxes, and got the bright idea to move their books OUT of the kids’-toys-and-snowsuits corner, and INTO something that looks like this:


Nice! Clean, well-lit, carpeted, chairs to sit in, tables to dump books on – and not a snowsuit in sight!

Whoever had that bright idea at Goodwill ought to be promoted, or at least get a raise (what do they pay now, five bucks an hour?).

Right now there only seem to be a few locations in Southern California, but I predict this trend will grow and sweep the country! Or at least the rest of California!


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