Some of the most fun shops are located on iconic street corners. Weathering rain, snow and scorching summer sun, these book-boothes of the famous Strand bookstore stand more than time-tested in the heart of NYC.
“Who seeks shall find.” Sophocles
Although I walk by these stands with some degree of frequency, in a rush usually, I love to carve out time to visit this iconic location for books and novelties that make great and inexpensive gifts. The thing that’s really fun about shopping here, is that there’s so much going on around and it’s all outdoors. You can find a selection of art and “coffee table” books, children’s books, classics. Although the stands are just a sampling, they’re an excellent representation of Strand’s full offerings at their store.
These are really simple, rough-hewn stands and tables that always remind me of how much is out there and available when you want to stop your world and go shopping. Actually, this simple location is an inspiration to me when I travel too. I look for similar set-ups and have found them…from Paris’ Left Bank all the way to a famous park in San Diego, California, where artists gather in an almost in-promptu array of tents and outdoor displays to sell their works.
Once you’ve located something similar, be sure to seek it out and keep it in mind when and wherever you travel. At Strand’s street corner location, there are also lots of great souvenirs.
Buy a super tote, a city branded notebook to keep your journal on where you are…shopping for these tokens is a great way to spend an afternoon. And if you pick something out for a friend, they’ll feel like they’re a part of the delightful time you had shopping for something different! It’s something you can do, wherever you go. “A Table For One.”
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