I think I’m one of the few people on the planet who does not own a Kindle. Don’t get me wrong, I read plenty of content online but when it comes to books, I’m old school – I like to run my fingers across the covers, feel the pages and actually be able to physically flip through the pages. Yes, I even like to hold the book up to my nose and sniff that old paper smell.
Back in the dark ages, when I lived in the Dupont Circle neighborhood and didn’t have much money in the bank account, I would often go to Second Story books to check their sales carts. These days, I don’t live quite as close but I still love spending time there. Over the years, the store has been cleaned up and the collections much better organized. You can find current titles for sale at reasonable prices and the sale carts are still on the sidewalk out front. Undoubtedly, the main draw is the store’s used book, first editions, and rare book collections. The latter two are stored in cabinets, behind lock and key. Peruse the titles for fun – there as some fascinating topics! There are vintage maps, prints, and posters for sale as well as used CDs and DVDs. However, the collection that I currently am obsessed with is one that just fits inside a leather suitcase: vintage travel brochures.
If you share my love for books, then make sure you stop by Second Story books on your visit to DC!