307 Lincoln St.
Roseville, CA 95678
Nestle in to the cushions of a comfy, well-worn chair and enjoy the eclectic, eccentric atmosphere of Beatnik Bookstore in Old Roseville. In addition to having an extensive collection of books, the store also sells used and new clothing, classic candies, cult comics, snacks, vintage records, clocks made of old albums covers and other artsy and evocative curios. Books come from every imaginable genre and subject, and hundreds of items are added each week. The prices are very good, with books ranging from $1.00 – $4.00 and vinyl records for $3.00, with an extra 20 percent discount offered during the Third Saturday Art Walk in Roseville. Live music, free food and original artwork are also part of the Third Saturday experience at the bookstore. Beatnik periodically hosts events, including poetry slams, book signings and children’s story times. One highlight of the shop is a large wardrobe, where kids can enter the section stocked with children’s books.
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915 S St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Beers has been a Sacramento institution since 1936, with loyal customers following through several location changes through the years. The selection of books is vast and eclectic, and are organized into cool and quirky categories. Traditional and graphic novels are available, and non-fiction can be found on subjects including politics, metaphysics, survivalism and homesteading, astrology, art, French cooking, social anthropology and more. Beers also buys used books. Check the store’s blog for updates on what authors and topics are currently being sought. Beers is generous with discounts, including 20 percent off DVDs and new or used books on the Second Saturday Art Walk, held each month in Sacramento. There is only one thing missing at Beers. The beloved long-time employee/shop cat Raffels passed away in 2013.
8694 Elk Grove Blvd.
Elk Grove, CA 95624
This small, family-owned shop sells new and used books, audio books and DVDs. Customers are greeted with sincere, friendly interest by the employees, who create a relaxed environment for browsing. As with many used bookshops, Almost Perfect accepts some books and DVDs in trade for store credit, and even for cash in certain circumstances. On the store’s website, someone in the family writes a very interesting online newsletter, which highlights specific books, authors and other marvelous tidbits for bibliophiles.
1114 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95811
Time Tested has been in business for more than 30 years. The store is a beloved part of the midtown scene. Prices are reasonable, and additional discounts are available to teachers and to members of local organizations like the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op and Capital Public Radio Perks. There is a wide selection of used books and records available. The staff will happily help patrons search for out of print, rare and obscure books both in and outside of their current stock. Time Tested is home to the Sacramento Women’s Book Club and hosts events like author readings and signings, musical performances and lectures.
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