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Published October 14th 2012
2nd Hand Books, Buderim's Nooks
Buderim is one of the Sunshine Coast's original settlements. In the CBD, you'll find three secondhand bookstores within a stone's throw of each other.
Two have their 'pre-loved' treasures in the usual genre sections: picture books, thrillers, historical romances, Australiana, spirituality, arts and crafts, et all! The third has a smaller range of genres, due an antiquarian collection intention.
The shops differ in floor-space, configuration, book quantity and quality. Happily, one of Buderim's 'cafe culture' destinations is close by each. So, in alphabetical order ...
This shop nestles on the sidewalk of Buderim's Burnett Street, No. 53. It has an unpretentious, narrow shopfront, beyond which it stretches backwards down a couple of book-walled aisles, either side of high 'island' stands, to its back walls. It's a clever arrangement: fits a good quantity of stock in a narrow floor-space, but still gives browsing room. You feel cloistered in a section of a much larger building.
You'll find signage and neatness makes navigation easy. Start at the front and work your way down and up the aisles. Mr Badger (hence the name of the shop) has a particular interest in stocking the Art section, and in having books in good condition.
Badger Books may be small and quiet, but it packs a wallop above its weight.
Buderim Book Ends
At the far end of the Avocado Arcade, 65 Burnett Street (next to the traffic lights), you'll find a hide-away book-nook. Outside, there are a couple of tables with boxes with the bargains, and inside is a mini-maze of freestanding bookcases making aisles that lead off to an unobvious back area. The 'maze' configuration packs in a good quantity of stock, and helps define genre areas.
For the most, stock is in good condition; but, of course, along with the 'near new', you'll find the 'worn' - depends on what you're seeking and the genre you're in. Buderim Book Ends, not obvious from the street but for its flag and signs, is worth finding.
Buderim Rare Books
The name says it all. This is an antiquarian bookstore, stocked with books that are, as proprietor Fiona says, "rare and interesting", in original or reprint. So, in this shop, you'll see both the 'new' and the 'worn'. Catch-cry: 'hard-to-get' or 'special interest'. Unlike many bookshops, Buderim Rare Books is practically all clear floorspace and spacious. Its stock is held neatly in floor-to-ceiling wall-cases, evocative of a Federation-style reading room in a manor house, complete with a large three-seater couch for 'guests'.
"We're not too precious to ignore popular, contemporary works", says Fiona, "but our antiquarian interest has built good Australiana, Maritime History and Children's collections". It's a perspective that creates an 'all sorts' library.
I agree. It's been gone for 6 months, at least, but the article was published 2 years ago (by memory). WN has not contacted me about a re-write. My hope is that anyone looking for 2nd hand books would phone the store to check if it's open. Thanks for the comment.