Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Nostalgia to the Max!


O.K.,  you win.  Yesterday I featured the window of Reed Books/Museum of Fond Memories.  As  a result, there was a clamoring of requests to see inside.   Your wish is my command.  This afternoon I jumped in the car and went right back for more.  Owner Jim Reed  is one of the most delightful proprietors I have encountered.  He graciously gave me the run of the place.  We chatted about our mutual desire to showcase our city, and he offered some great ideas for more photo ops.  Let me just say that it will take more than one visit to give you the full effect of this delightful place.  Nostalgia abounds. But wait, did I mention the six zillion used  and rare books???  I oohed and aaahed and had to laugh  out loud when I overheard him tell callers that he was more than willing to look at what they had to sell him,  but that he pretty much had it all.  That would be an understatement.  Consider today's photos to be the appetizer.

The Tune du Jour is another bit of nostalgia by the Platters, "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes".  Hope you like it as much as I do.

29 comments:

Louis la Vache said...

Oh my! "Louis" would go crazy in this place!

(Editor to "Louis:" You can't go crazy - you're already nuts!

"Louis" to Editor: Bingo!)

Webradio said...

Hello !

Tu as de la chance !

Me, I LOVE old and rare books !

There is none at Châteaubriant...

Olivier said...

le père-noël est en bonne compagnie ;o).
J'adore les vieux livres, si j'avais de la place chez moi, j'en ferais bien collection.
Superbe visite

Santa Clauss is in good company; o).
I love old books, if I had the place for me, I would do well collection.
Great visit

Laurie said...

OH MY GOODNESS! I could lose my mind amid all those books. Wow! What a great store!

angela said...

I'm really glad that shop isn't near me; I'd never get anything done!

Peter said...

Just amazing!!! I wonder how the owner can keep some order in his official inventories!

D said...

Our house is like a museum of fond memories. We're both such packrats and nostalgia nuts. This looks like a great place to spend a few hours.

Rambling Round said...

Looks neat! What's the address?

Virginia said...

Peter,
Glad you brought that up. It is an "organized jumble" and Jim Reed assured me he has it all cataloged and unbelievably knows where everything is.

alice said...

So, you oohed and aahed! Wonderful, I love the way you write!
This place is a real caverne d'Ali Baba! (have you begun your French course?)
I must say I'm very proud to read what you said about my little photos.

Julie said...

Ooh, look at that Santa - just like the one on the cardboard chimney we had in 1958 that we stored our Christmas nuts in.

An' that store dummy ... don't make them at all realistic like that any more ...

Zipa-dee-doo-dah ... haha remember when we saw Brer Rabbit in Song of the South at the Odeon in Pitt Street ... they've pulled that down now ...

Golly that looks just like Gertrude an' Alice in Bondi ... similar jumble ... those railway clocks are luverly aren't they ...

What was I lookin' for ... yes yes ... Selected Verse of T. S. Eliot ... only 1967 though ... with the red cover ...

Dusty Lens said...

I would not mind shopping here!

ken mac said...

zip a dee doo dah!

tr3nta said...

beautiful image all this books put together...

Halcyon said...

Even more wonderful on the inside. I love used book shoppes. I still haven't found a really good one here in Jackson.

Melissa said...

Hi Mom,

Davis loves this store, we drive by it every morning after taking Eva to school. Of course, his favorite part is the "awesome Batman" in the window. We need to take him in for a tour!

Melissa

Kelly said...

Love the photos - particularly the angle you used to shoot the aisle of books! I agree with Louis! I might go nutty here!

• Eliane • said...

I am dying to ask you is you bought that dress... It's just right for every possible situations.

Ah! Just understood the jazzy comment on my fellow NYC blogger, lol.

babooshka said...

I will ignore the dummy. I did a stint window dressing and they are not at all compliant. Those books! A veritable treasure trove for the bookis amongst us. Lock me in there with a bottle of plonk and I'd be as happy as a pig in the brwon stuff

Virginia said...

Oh, more book photos to come and a trip to the Museum of Fond Memories for my Davis. I think there are some Dick and Jane books I might need to purchase. Oh the possibilities!

Chris said...

Do you guys have McKay's down there? Used books and such. . . .

I adore bookstores - old and new. . . . .

Ming the Merciless said...

My dad would have loved the place. He loves old books.

I had to admit, Mr. Reed did a great job on keeping the place neat and tidy.

D.C. Confidential said...

Is that a poster for Song of the South? Now there's a movie and book you don't see anymore. I guess they're not PC enough. Historically rich, though and usual reading for some historical context from a sadder time in American history.

Cool bookstore. I love places like this!

D.C. Confidential said...

Whoops. That should have said "useful reading". Gah. Sorry. :-(

Mary Helen said...

I could stay and play all day!
Great photos..

Katie said...

What a fabulous looking place! Yes, I'll need to tack at least day onto a trip to Birmingham just to visit this store. I so want that mannequin -- I'd love to put a mosaic outfit on her! Thanks for sharing this store full of treasures!

Tash said...

Hi Virginia - thank you for your visits, your kind words, your visits & most of all for the interesting/funny/engaging posts that are so well photographed.

Marie Reed said...

I like anybody with the last name Reed!

Knoxville Girl said...

yeah, I'd go in, see all those books, and settle in for a long visit. The color on your photos is rich and vintage.