Discussion: 3 Indie Bookstores I Love

Today is independent bookstore day! I love supporting my local bookstores, so I thought I would take this as an opportunity to highlight some of my favorite indie bookstores, and hopefully inspire you to support your own independent bookstores. And remember, if you want to support independent bookstores but don’t want to venture inside, bookshop.org allows you to buy books online at cheap prices while giving money to a local bookstore of your choosing. But read on for even more options! Because 2/3 of the bookstores I’m going to share also allow you to order books online.

Powell’s City of Books

If you are a book lover who hasn’t hear of Powell’s, buckle in because this is about to get really cool. The original Powell’s is located in Portland, Oregon, and is the largest independent bookstore in the world. How large is it? It takes up an entire city block. You guys, it’s so cool. I could literally spend all day in Powell’s. They have entire rooms and floors dedicated to certain genres. Things are color coded to help you find your way around, but it can also just be so fun to get lost inside. It is such a fun atmosphere, and I can’t wait until I get to go back. If you are ever visiting Portland, I highly recommend it. They are currently open, but they also sell books online, and are currently holding virtual author events. You can find their website here.

ID: A picture of the front entrance of Powell’s Books store. The sign reads “Powell’s Books; Used and New Books; Legendary Independent Bookstore.”
ID: Thrift books logo; a green background with three books in white leaning against each other.

Thrift Books

Thrift Books is an online independent bookseller, with prices that rival Amazon. Seriously, I bought my sister two used books as a gift recently, and it only cost me $13! Standard shipping is only $0.99, and free if you spend more than $10. They also have a rewards program you can sign up for. I have been completely satisfied with all of my Thrift Books purchases, and I would definitely recommend them if you’re looking for an online book seller. You can find their website here.

The Vault Books and Brew

Okay, this is a significantly more niche choice, but I just had to share. The Vault Books and Brew is a bookstore and coffee shop located in Castle Rock, Washington. The building was built as a bank in the 1910s, and you can still see the historic nature of the building today. They have converted the old bank vault into a play area for kids (closed right now), they have a café where they sell coffee, pastries, and ice cream, and in non-coronavirus times they have lots of places for people to sit down and hang out. It is an absolutely adorable store, and in addition to books and coffee they also sell lots of gift items and items from local sellers. If for some reason you’re ever driving on the I5 corridor, I would highly recommend you stop just to check it out! (Like, I cannot overstate how cute and cozy it is you guys, I would like to hang out here every day). You can find their website here.

ID: the inside of The Vault bookstore. There are bookshelves and tables and chairs in the foreground, and in the back is an old bank vault.

I would love to hear about some of your favorite indie bookstores! I always need more places to support. And to all the independent booksellers out there, I just want you to know that I appreciate you so much.

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