Whether you like your books broken-in with notes in the margin, rare and antique or brand-spanking new, Savannah has a place where you can peruse and purchase the printed page.
Many local bookstores are also a hub of activity hosting and sponsoring readings, book clubs and book signings.
Every corner at Books on Habersham is stacked with books. They line the walls on handmade shelves, they overflow from a stairwell to the second floor and they fill antique drug store display cases.
"We don't do anything fancy, we don't specialize in anything, " owner Jamey Stancell said. "If you like to read, you'll like it here."
Stancell and his wife opened the store on Habersham Street, in midtown, four years ago. He has built his business on the principle that if he treats people well, they will come back.
If you're a few cents short, he's been known to spot you and if you want to purchase a rare and expensive book but can't fork out the entire price up front, he'll put it on layaway for you.
The store also offers a popular trade program. People can take in books they no longer want, earn points for them, then use the points to trade for other books. They even offer children - younger than 12 - a book-for-book swap option.
Books on Habersham stocks about 30, 000 used books of all types, Stancell estimated.
"Anything from a junky harlequin novel to a $1, 300 rare book, " he said.
Stancell, who has dealt in everything from junk to diamonds happened into the book business by chance. He purchased the contents of a storage unit with a delinquent bill and found himself with a room full of books.
He started slowly selling what he had acquired online, then he expanded into his current space.
"This is a place people come to try to rekindle something from their childhood, " Stancell said as he grabbed a large print, illustrated copy of the children's book "Charlotte's Web." "This is the kind of book you put on the night stand and read to your kids at night."
Books on Habersham
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Location: 2431 B Habersham St.
Perks: An easy-to-use trade system with a book-for-book trade option for children younger than 12
On the Web: savbooks.com
E. Shaver, Bookseller, fronted by a cobblestone street and shadowed by a live oak tree, sells all types of books, but it specializes in the work of regional authors.
The store has been a fixture on Madison Square since 1975.
"I still love it, " owner Esther Shaver said. "I can read all the books I want. I love talking to people and the friends we've made."
Some of her customers have been shopping at the store for 35 years.
"It is so neat, " Shaver said. "You have people from all over interested in all sorts of things."
Sad to say, but I'm a yard/estate sale nut2011-04-06 09:52:59 by topper123
And soon as the 'kids' or 'grand kids' take over, not just nostalgic items such as low $$ value used books, but even quite valuable, sometimes antique, items such as sterling, crystal and furniture. I once picked one of my antique waffle irons (non electric) out of the trash on the way back to my car; they didn't even bother putting it in the sale. Worth $50-$100 bucks on eBay (really sell for that, not just asking) any day.
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