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Used Media

On 2nd street lies three antique shops that, instead of giving into the new age of technology, have kept their identity of used books and music. These stores have not been lost even with the progression of technology such as the Kindle and iPad.


Jim Webster, an employee at used bookstore, The Book Trader, has seen the rise and the fall of customers of used book buyers in Old City since he started working there in 1983. He says that searching for a book in a used bookstore such as Book Trader is a unique experience that cannot be paralleled by going to new bookstore."Going into a used bookstore and trying to find something specific is probably a fools errand. But going into a used book store looking for hidden treasure is what people do," Webster said. Webster admits that used bookstores are meant for a certain type of adventurer. "The advantage of a secondhand bookstore is finding things you'd never thought you'd see," he said.


Though Webster said he does not attribute the decline of used bookstores to the uprise of Kindles, he has seen a decline since the 70's. "The streets used to be littered with [used book stores]", he also added that the number of these stores have steadily declined because of television. Jules Goldman, the owner of Goldman's Books and Antiques, agrees with Webster about the decline of stores selling "old" items. He said, "There's very few antique shops, there should actually be a lot more. In fact, in the 70's, here on Front Street there was actually an antique district... and people were set up all up and down front street selling antiques and art and books. Things have kind of changed."


Stores with old media have not been in demand ever since more advanced and convenient ways of purchasing music and books were created, but there are still some people who enjoy owning a physical copy. Max Milgrim, an A.k.a Music employee says "As far as used records go, those things have a history, and they look cool and they're occasionally rare." Records and printed literature may not be every person's preference but they have value and can be a collectable item.


The antique, record, and book stores in Old City have been in business as early as 1975 and as recent as a year and half ago. Even though antique shops have been open for up to 30 years, their character and customers still live on. Jim Webster, says, "Antique stores and used bookstores tend to go together, in a way," Webster said, "They are where people are looking for finer things and don't mind a bit of dust."