Used book stores can be just like in the movies and books, musty crowded places run by witches, pagans or at least those who don’t mind carrying a selection of pagan books. When you discover a used book shop that carries pre-read magic books, you have hit gold!
Cover to Cover Books
6300 NE St. James Rd., Suite 104B
Vancouver, WA 98663
Mel runs a great shop, she is very involved with the local community. I have on and off attended the Ghost Town Poetry readings that are monthly at her shop. There are a few pagan poets who come now and then. It can be quite inspiring and a good place to meet people. Cover to Cover has a full wide shelf of witch and pagan books, and a few shelves of other occult and new age stuff too. Don’t miss the shelves right by the counter, they have local Vancouver area ghost stories and a few occult thrillers by local great Lilith Saintcrow. Look up and see some original art by local painters. And the best part? Cover to Cover has a bookstore cat, his name is Smedley.
S. M. U. T.
7 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
No particular reason that I can tell why this thrift/junk shop is called S. M. U. T. (So Many Unique Treasures). There is some kitschy stuff, some retro clothes, tons of cheap records, and a bunch of paperback books. I can usually leave with at least two or three old witchy books for 5-10 dollars. There are so many books and the organization is a little strange, so I can easily end up spending an hour looking through everything for treasures. One of my favorite finds that combined the kitschy and the witchy was Chant-o-Matics by Raymond Buckland–after getting my laughs out, I traded it in at Cover to Cover to get different books. Mel got a good laugh at it too.