I can’t believe I have blogged this long and I haven’t even thought to bring this up yet. A blog about being frugal in Portland should have mentioned Powell’s books at least a dozen times by now. Powell’s City of Books is one of the most marvelous bookstores in all the land.
It’s a perfect getting-to-know-you date place, a perfect will-it-ever-stop-raining activity, a fun activity solo, or with a partner.
I mean, come on. It’s a bookstore that takes up an entire city block. A bookstore with a coffee shop (of course). With colored walls. With a GPS app to help you navigate. With used books nestled right up against the new ones.
Sidenote: there are 20 Portland blocks in a mile, as opposed to ten DC blocks or 16 Manhattan blocks in a mile. Still, it’s impressive.
And it’s almost like Powell’s wants to help you declutter. Even if you don’t live in Portland (why not? it’s lovely here!) you can still sell your books online with Powell’s. They’ll either give you cash or a gift card. I don’t know the split because I always opt for the gift card.
Think of it as a way to clear out that shelf. You know the one. That one, there. With the books you have moved five times since college but have opened exactly once, to try to find that two-dollar bill you left as a bookmark. (Just me? Okay.)
The other day, I took a grocery bag full of books to Powell’s. They took about half, and I got a gift card for $18. Then I walked around like a kid in a candy shop. Sure, it’s not much, but I didn’t have to do anything for it, and so I saw the gift card as better than cash, and even though I didn’t spend it right then and there, it’s in my purse.
For the next rainy day.
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