26 Little Things: Visit a Neighborhood Bookstore

Sleeping cat with a bookmark

I’m a bit ashamed of myself. I have driven and walked by this bookstore many times while living here in Philadelphia. Each time, it provoked an “oh yeah!” but I was never moved to ask Joshua to stop the car. I could blame it on my fear of thrusting myself into new experiences, but it wasn’t that. I think I was just intimidated but it’s quaintness. It was like my inability to ease myself into a group conversation. Something about the tiny little bookstore with unpredictable hours made me feel like I wasn’t good enough to walk through it’s doors but I did. Oh, did I.

Well, hello.

The books, they greet you right at the doorstep. Some huddled tight right in the brisk winter air, others tucked away from the cold in cupboards held shut by twisting latches. Within seconds of opening my first door, I had found my first piece of treasure.

Soon after I was feverishly looking through the shelves of books for some interesting find. Preferably a lovely read covered in linen and gold leafing. I found it but I was then distracted by the light jingle of a bell from the shop door – a reminder that there was plenty more to find inside.

The smell of old books wraps it’s way around you like a warm hug when you step inside. I adore the boxes in the foyer filled with postcards and maps for sale. You turn left and there it is! A small living room filled like a maze of books. There were some young but many old. the shop owner greeted me and I wasted no time asking him if any Beatrix Potter pieces were hidden away anywhere in the madness. There were three but one went home with me. Bliss.

That warm fuzzy feeling

If you don’t know anything else about me, know that I am a daydreamer and pure romantic. More often than not, I envision these fairytale moments in my head but we all know that life doesn’t work that way. I had one of those moments, though, and it happened when I wasn’t even looking for one.

I waited in the hall as the shop owner researched a book I was looking for near the children’s book section. It was dark but for some reason, this tiny red leather bound book caught my eye. It was nicely tucked away but it stood out so well. Love at first sight! The cover was gorgeous and the book was filled with sweet little tales and songs of birds and beast. I can’t wait read it with my children someday.

Go out and be brave!

Can you imagine what I would have missed out on if I had never found the courage to go into this little shop? This year, the word bravery has challenged me. I found that any sum of bravery can lead to greatest amount satisfaction. So, I encourage you to go out and be brave! You’ll never know what it will reward you!

February 24, 2019
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  • Reply Cat

    I’m glad you finally visited this bookstore! It really looks like something that’d be up your alley! I know there’s the saying to not judge a book by its cover, but I’m totally loving the covers of the books you got. I especially love the covers for Birds and Beasts and A Colony of Girls. I was also a big fan of Beatrix Potter when I was young, so I’m glad you a few of her’s! Yay for crossing another thing off your list!

    March 7, 2019 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply Chynna

    I wanna boop your cat’s nose so bad 😭

    This bookstore looks like a dream come true and I seriously need to visit it, some day! I used to have a whole Beatrix Potter collection, but my mum gave them away a while ago 🙁

    March 12, 2019 at 5:26 am
  • Reply Brandi

    I love this post. This is such a inspiration to visit my local library or if i can find one a bookstore! Great finds 🙂

    April 17, 2019 at 7:59 pm
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