October 24, 2012

Used bookstore brings classics to downtown

Jessica Lane, Staff Writer,
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — There are more than 100,000 books in the Bookstore on the Corner, owner Kelly Trent said, and about 1,000 to 4,000 come through each week.

The bookstore has been willing to share its wealth. Currently, they donate books to senior homes, veteran homes, dialysis units, hospitals, cancer wards and hospices.

Everyday customers are also free to choose from a selection of free books that are too worn to be sold but still readable.

Every child that visits the bookstore gets a free book with every visit.

The Bookstore on the Corner represents the best inventory and best trade in value in the state of Oklahoma, Trent said.

Trent has owned the bookstore for 12 years. She has her B.A. in English and Masters in English and Education.

The shelves are wall to wall, but organized into a plethora of genres. They include: classics, mysteries, thrillers, time travel, horror, science fiction, biography, self help, large print, sports, health and nutrition, cookbooks, crafts, dictionaries, business, war, inspirational historical fiction, paranormal, best sellers, true crime, contemporary fiction, historical romance, historical fiction, readers digest, westerns, magazines, harlequin, silhouettes, heart song and love inspired, collectables, large print and reference.

If a patron cannot find the title they are looking for, Trent said that books can be ordered. The book must be paid for at the time it is ordered and shipping is free. Trent said books are ordered every few days.

Recently, the store acquired about 10,000 books from a University of Science and Art Oklahoma professor. Among the variety are books on drama, poetry and theology. Trent said that ministers have been in to look through the collection.

There is a room of collectable books, such as antiques, which cost more than the standard $0.10 to $3 price tag. Patrons may browse this selection by appointment only.

One find that has come through the doors of the bookstore is a first edition of Lonesome Dove signed by Larry McMurtry.

Customers can build credit by bringing in books. Credit never expires, Trent said. A patron can come back after ten years and use any credit they still have.