I am always looking for a new way to find books. I have more books than I know what to do with, but it is an addiction. So even when I go on vacation, I cannot resist looking for books!
Recently, I went to Nashville for the Southern Festival of Books (Cinda Williams Chima handed me her phone and asked me to take pictures of her signing line, and it was awesome), and of course I looked for books while I was there.
My aunt lives in Tennessee, though on the opposite side of the state, and she knows me well enough that when she heard I was going to Nashville, she suggested I stop at McKay’s, a bookstore in her area that she knew I would love. She was so right. Luckily, McKay’s is a decent-sized chain, and there was one right in Nashville!
^me and Britt in front of the store
McKay’s is a used media store. They resell books, cds, records, DVDs, and I even saw a shelf with trading cards and figurines. The thing that makes McKay’s different is that you can bring items in, they will process them, and you can get either cash or store credit for whatever you trade in. (I am aware that this premise exists elsewhere, but this is on an enormous and almost alarming scale.)
I filed a plastic grocery bag with books to trade in, and after they had processed my items (which took about forty minutes while my friend and I shopped) I got a slip with $10 and change in store credit. That paid for about half of my big pile of books from the store, and I was more than happy with my haul. I would go back to McKay’s any day, and I hope they bring their chain north! I will definitely be going back the next time I am in Tennessee. They treat their books well— everything I got was in decent shape and nothing smelled funky, which can sometimes be a concern with used books. The prices were reasonable, too. It was not set prices, so the newer items and those in the best shape were understandably more expensive, but still well below original prices.
Bottom line, if you are lucky enough to live near a McKay’s, get yourself there! If you are not, then consider making it a stop on your next vacation.
from my bookshelf to yours,