Before Ben and I started our family we could waste away hours in a day browsing in book shops and being drawn in by all different topics and texts. Some days we’d walk out with nothing after hours of browsing and sometimes we’d walk out bags heavy with several books each. Our interests have always been very different from one another and for the main part worlds apart. Although Ben has grown more accustomed to my thrifty, op shopping, vintage loving ways, there’s one place on the Gold Coast we could both waste hours away in when it comes to books and bringing the vintage and antique world to it.
If you’re new here you may not know that I live on the Gold Coast in Queensland Australia, it is one of Australia’s premier tourist destinations. For those who know the Gold Coast you may be surprised to know (if they weren’t already aware) that a ten minute drive from the Surfers Paradise glitter strip we have have an incredible antique and collectible bookstore.
Known simply as Antique and Collectors Books based in Southport the family business has been established there for over 25 years and they stock over one hundred thousand books and specialise in out of print and antiquarian books as well as stocking modern day literature. It is an incredible store to visit all two stories of it which was once in my childhood a fishing gear and tackle store.
If you want to be lost in a wonderland of books, stories and possibilities this is a must visit. The store is quite literally stacked from floor to ceiling with every possible genre of literature. There are steps placed throughout the store for those who need extra height to grab a book from above and there are chairs peppered throughout the store for you to take a break and take in a few pages before of book before you decide on a purchase.
Going up to the stairs to the second story of the store the stairs along the way are lined with more books, in fact everywhere you look in this store there are books upon books upon books. On the second level there is a small area in the back of the room where you can sit at a table if you’re wanting another quiet place to read.
Finally adding to the store they offer a variety of services from a book finding service and a valuation service for books for five dollars (more if you require it in writing). They also offer cash for good books which I find an incredible rarity these days as there are very few full fledged used book stores around.
If you’re interested in loosing a few hours they are located 162 Scarborough Street, Southport QLD they can be contacted on 07 5591 2066 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
*This is not a sponsored post, but quite simply an amazing place I know and love and thought it was due to time I shared it with you all. Enjoy!