Bygone Books - corner of Commercial & Skinner streets - great store !
Although I've lived here all my life, I finally ventured into the "Bygone Books" store, on Saturday. I'm not sure how many years it has been at its location, but I finally went inside.
Location is corner of Skinner & Commercial Streets, across the street from the A-Channel studio.
What drew me inside was the trend of seeing maritime books displayed in the shop window. That's my passion, and so I finally went inside. Inside, I was greeted by the cheerful man at the till (presumably the shop owner), and was soon next to Mr. Tim Lander and his dog who were also inside for a while.
For me, it was kid-in-a-candy-store feeling, right away. I never got past the display at the front counter, because there I found the gem that I wanted ("Union Steamships Remembered", by Art Twigg), and was happy to pay the price to add it to my own collection of ship books. While processing my payment, I mulled over railroad books such as Van Horne's railway and a Nicholas Morant railway photography book (Morant is "The" photographer in CPR history). But I left those for next time.
Does anyone else have experiences buying / browsing at this book shop? I have yet to check out the entire store, and so I'm hopeful that the "ahhhhh" moments will continue for me.
Yup, that place has always had an amazing collection of books. I remember 10-12 years ago when I was always looking for old classics (and some newer oddities) for my liberal arts classes - the Greeks, Medieval mystics, history of astronomy, modern plays, etc - and I had more luck at that store than at any of the others (I believe it was further down Commercial St at the time). The guy is quite friendly and helpful, for sure.
Good collection, variety, prices, service, and barefoot friendly.
I have spent a lot of time looking through art books and vintage botanical illustration - not mention getting lost for some time in the stacks of older paperbacks in the back of the store - a lot of hard to find fiction for good prices
I visited Bygone Books today, and enjoyed great savings because they are having a 20%-off sale (runs until end of February). I bought some hardcovers to add to my personal library of marine & railroad books.
- what a great store!
I was really impressed (and entertained) by their BC Books section. It had almost 1 whole shelf-row just for the "Raincoast Chronicles" series by Howard White.
This is also a great spot to pick up a copy of Boss Whistle and Three Dollar Dreams (the companion to Boss Whistle).
Lots of Boss Whistle copies there, at prices varrying by condition of book, and hard vs. paperback.
Originally Posted by GR74
Hey Garland, here it is. on page 1 all along...haha
Yep, it is amazing there!!
Bygone Books' closing out sale is currently at 75% off. That's huge savings, and there are still lots of books in the store.
- I've had 3 or 4 "Last trips" during the past couple of months, and today's trip might really have been my last.
Today I discovered his military section, as well as the BC history books (BC history is sorted by region, so it's really easy to find what you're interested in).
And the owner is one of the nicest shopkeepers that I've ever encountered.