And heeeeeeere’s Ronnie!
We have palm trees and warmer weather. We even whipped out our shades and put them on for a little while! Tonight I spotted a little green tree frog on our motel window. We must be in Florida.
The morning began with a visit to Atlanta Vintage Books, at 3660 Clairmont Road, Chamblee, Georgia (part of greater Atlanta).
Atlanta Vintage Books is owned by Bob and Jan Bolgla. It’s a huge store with friendly, fun owners and staff. Most books are on the main floor, but there is also a lower level with books, magazines and ephemera. They have a nice selection of signed first editions, history, military, cook books, literature, and a very large vintage children’s section. There were several cases of vintage fiction, some with early jackets, some decorated bindings.
We had a fun time visiting with Bob, Jan, and Mallory — and came away with a nice stack of books.
Our second stop before leaving the Atlanta area was at Books Again, 225 N. McDonough St., Decatur, Georgia.
Jim Adams is the owner of Books Again (co-owned, I think, with Eric the Cat).
Jim has some high quality collectible books in his shop, including modern firsts, signed first editions, a large mystery section, poetry, and plenty of non-fiction as well, all in very nice clean condition. His store has an inventory of over 30,000 books. We came away with several attractive decorated bindings, and an early first edition Modern Library in a jacket (Canterbury Tales), some first edition literature. A healthy stack of fine books. And Jim gave us excellent directions to our next destination (better than Mapquest, by a long shot). Thanks Jim, for getting us back on I-75 with the least amount of trouble!
Before leaving Georgia we stopped for dinner at the Smok’n Pig B-B-Q in Valdosta, Georgia — advertised as being named one of the top ten barbeque restaurants in the country. Eh, I can name three restaurants in the Rochester, New York area that have them licked by a mile. It was okay…nothing to rave about. But with our bellies full we were able to get back on the highway and motor south through a few rain storms to Lake City, Florida.
Finally, here’s a photo of a small sampling from the books we’ve purchased so far on our book buying road trip:
Tomorrow it will be on to Gainesville, Tampa, St. Pete and beyond. Stay tuned.
I’m still trying to find that tree frog…I wanted to snap his photo for the blog — he was smiling and everything — but by the time my camera was recharged, he was gone. Who knows where he’ll turn up?!