I visited one of my favourite stores in the K-W area and found some amazing design books. Booksmarts Canada is an independent bookstore that offers unbelievable deals on great books. I picked up an amazing coffee table book called “The Art of the LP” for $14.99 that would have cost $70 at Chapters. The book is extra great because its clearly written by someone with a graphic design background and points out both good and bad design elements in over three hundred and fifty album covers. Another book I picked up is strangely about Brooklyn N.Y style, but its so nicely layed out and interesting and the visuals are fantastic. It’s cover price was $68 and I got it for $9! On previous visits, I have had great luck finding design books. I have a great big book about typography and a few on music posters, all at ridiculously low prices. Booksmarts is also a haven for quirky nicknacs! I find it increasingly difficult to find unique things in stores in the area as big box stores continue to dominate. You find the same things in every store and independent stores that specialize in unique products struggle and often close down like Bon Mot in downtown Waterloo. I loved that shop, I couldn’t justify spending the amount of money they were asking for many of their cooler products, and that was most likely their downfall. Booksmarts, however has a great range of really well designed products for fairly good prices. Their merchandiser has great taste!
I suppose the smaller boutique shops are being replaced with Etsy and other on-line outlets. It has its benefits, its definitely cheaper for small independents to sell on-line and the choice is endless. But I like to touch products and compare, the tactile experience of shopping is important to me and I suppose thats why I haven’t embraced on-line shopping to the extent of some of my friends. That’s probably a good thing.