Just got home from Whistle Stop Books. Located in the Historic Cambria Train Depot, it’s a great place to browse, buy books and watch trains. Big picture windows overlook the tracks and in the hour or so I was there 3 long freight trains rumbled by. The trains don’t seem to phase Max the gargoyle who sits among the several thousand used books available for sale. About 10,000 more are in boxes in the backroom waiting to make their way out front. A 6 foot Paddington Bear sits in the back of the shop and fun little toys and bookends are scattered about the shelves. Megan, one of the owners, told me that they’re expected approx 2000 cookbooks to be shipped up from Louisiana any day now. They belong to her partner Carol’s mother and I’m sure there will be some great Cajun/Creole recipes among them.
Paperbacks go for a dollar, novels are $3-5 and non-fiction are $4-10. These books are priced for readers, not collectors. but there are some 1st editions and collectible children’s books from the 20s and 30s available. In casual conversation, Megan mentioned 1st edition Nancy Drew novels. I remember reading those, do you? If there is a specific title you’re looking for just get it on the wish list and Megan and Carol will be on the lookout. I’m waiting for a copy of Homer’s Odyssey:A Fearless Feline Tale, or How I Learned about Love and Life with a Blind Wonder Cat.
Sales help fund ongoing preservation and maintenance of the building, the cost of the railroad’s monthly rent for the land under the building and getting the old girl a face lift in time for her 150th birthday in October, 2017.
Oh, and did I forget to mention, The Cambria Toy Station is right across the hall. They have some really awesome toys that you won’t find in department stores or Toys R Us. Come stay at The Oaks Victorian Inn and we’ll help you find lots of hidden gems in the area.