Treasures at Our Local Bookstore – Brookline Booksmith

While most people love the idea of “love local” and enjoy the vibrant communities that they live in, they do not necessarily equate their spending to supporting local stores that make their very neighborhoods vibrant. Often times, we find it easier to click a few buttons online than going to the store to make a purchase. Or we may find things cheaper online than at our local stores. There are actually great items (almost hidden treasures) at very reasonable prices at our neighborhood stores.  We decided to spend a few hours at our local bookstore, Brookline Booksmith, in Coolidge Corner to discover and share wonderful finds that we love with you.

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The Brookline Booksmith opened in 1961 with the slogan, “Dedicated to the fine art of browsing.” They have stayed true to that slogan ever since with people of all ages browsing the tables and shelves of books and unique items that you wouldn’t expect to find at a local bookstore.  Brookline Booksmith has everything you need to get through your summer reading list and to stock up on new gear for the school year!

You can find all of 2012’s Bestsellers in hardcover and paperback at the Booksmith.  While some online commerce sites like Amazon may have better prices, it’s clear that not by any striking difference (see table below). What really counts is the impact that any number of these books may have directly on the community. Rather than buying The Imperfectionists from Amazon for $12.29 (not including shipping), you can spend a few extra dollars and support the Booksmith. No one wants to see a local bookstore go out of business, especially when it’s the place to hangout and discover cool things.  Without supporting these local stores, even if there’s a slight price differential, our neighborhoods would not be the same. Imagine walking down Coolidge Corner and not seeing the Brookline Booksmith.

2012’s Bestsellers Price at Brookline Booksmith Price on Amazon
1. The Hunger Games 10.99 5.64
2. Fifty Shades of Grey 15.95 8.19
3. Catching Fire 12.99 10.28
4. Mockingjay 17.99 10.97
5. Bossypants 7.99 8.09
6. The Happiness Project 14.99 11.98
7. Fifty Shades Darker 15.99 8.19
8. The Imperfectionists 15 12.29
9. The Tiger’s Wife 15 12.02
10. This is How You Lose Her 26.95 18.78
11. Fifty Shades Freed 15.95 8.19
12. Game of Thrones 9.99 10.8
13. I Judge You When You Use Poor Grammar 9.99 8.83
14. State of Wonder 15.99 12.46
15. Go the F*** to Sleep 14.99 9.64
16. The Night Circus 15 11.49
17. Managing Oneself 8.95 8.5
18. The Sense of an Ending 14.95 11.61
19. Tinkers (author is coming soon!)  14.95 10.11
20. You Are Here 14 11.39
21. A Clash of Kings 8.99 9.22
22. Cloud Atlas 15 12.74
23. Gone Girl 25 12.84
24. The Housekeeper and the Professor 15 11.67
25. In the Garden of Beasts 16 12.33

Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-6660

During our exploration at the Booksmith, we uncovered some hidden treasures from Piccadilly Essential Notebooks to hardcover classics. Check out our finds below.


Bargain Books at Better Prices than Online

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Art Supplies for the Van Gogh in You

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Decorating with Letters

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Keeping Organized with Recycled Bags

Pencil and change purses from $5 to $5.95

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Great Classics on Sale

Beautiful hard cover classics like Wuthering Heights for only $4.99

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Fun and Colorful School Supplies

Lily Pulitzer iPad 2 case for $32
Lap desks for $26

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Floral Notebooks 

Printed decomposition notebooks for $4.95 to $8.95

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Cute Journals and Notebooks 

Scripts notebooks from $3.99 to $7.99 in all colors and sizes

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Maps to Explore the World from Your Room

Maps for dorm room or study lounge for $25

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Eco-Friendly Lunch Bags 

Lunch boxes from $18 to $28

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Coffee on-the-go

Travel mugs for the early mornings for $13

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Moleskine Planners

Moleskine planners are great to keep track of your social and academic schedule.  The Booksmith carries various calendars, colors, and sizes.

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Explore the basement!

Be sure to check out the basement for used books!

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