A good read - not only for rainy days. Finding new friends between the leaves of a book for any occasion.
While the trend today is towards reading books on e-readers, via smart phones and USBs which hold up to 2000 books, there are those of us who prefer to hold the paperback or hardback books in our hands. When it comes to searching for a title or a favourite author of books that are not available in the everyday bookshops, then it is time to find your very own personal "searcher".
The best "searcher" for books, located in the South East, is Rainy Day Books in the Basin, Melways Map 65 G7. For more than 9 years Rainy Day Books has become a byword when it comes to in seeking out treasures including vintage books from around the world.
All types of books
Meryll at Rainy Day Books is a librarian with many years experience and a high reputation. She is widely acclaimed with her experience and knowledge throughout the book industry. When it comes to finding antique and collectible books, then Rainy Day Books draws from a wide knowledge as well as a comprehensive network of contacts worldwide.
The day I called at the shop was to collect two or three hardback books by one of my favourite authors. As always by the time I had wandered around the shop I had added no less than 9 more books which have already found a home in my large bookshelf.
Children are not forgotten either. There's a special little nook for them tucked towards the back of the bookshop. A colourful rug on the floor entices children to relax and choose books that take their fancy from special bookshelves aimed at their age groups. Quite often you'll see two or three children sitting crosslegged on the floor devouring some colourful story books while their parents browse around the main bookshelves in the shop.
The bookshop's window displays have become another popular event, and many customers eagerly watch for the new themes that are chosen to promote a range of books.
Rainy Day Books is very much involved in the Mountains of Books event that is held every Cup Weekend, either October or November. Visitors to this event become regulars and many people travel from interstate and ocasionally overseas especially to attend.
Mountains of Books
As well Rainy Day Books is a part of the Ferny Creek Antiques Collector's Fair which is held during each year, at different times and seasons. Once again this Fair draws special interest people to their stall. However there is a change of venue this year in that it will be held at the Sassafras Primary School in Sassafras in the Dandenong Ranges.
Rainy Day Books from the outside looks quite small, but it's only when you enter the door and see what is on offer by migrating around the many bookcases that you realise what a treasure trove is being offered. Secondhand books, new books, vintage books, collectibles. Coffee table books, small miniature books.
When it comes to gifts for special occasions, and especially as we have Fathers Day just coming up, think of a book that will please the receiver having been chosen expressly for them from the thousands of books in the bookshop.
One for Dad!
Books for everyone!
This bookshop is a reader's dream. Tucked into the small The Basin village near the grassed area and picnic seating alongside, it is a bookshop that must be visited to be believed. Once visited, then the genuine devotee of reading will become a regular customer or friend.