Monday, May 5, 2014

Ed's Editions

Bookshop, vintage books, book collections, vintage postcards
Sometimes you pass by a place for years idly wondering if it is worth stopping to browse.

If you go somewhere with my niece Olivia and you see the word "book" on a building, you are going to stop.

Ed's Editions.

A wonderful haven for book lovers in West Columbia, South Carolina.

Just before you drive over the Gervais Street bridge into downtown Columbia.

It is worth stopping.

It is located in an old storefront.

Have Ed tell you some stories of the place.

Make sure you allot plenty of time.

You are going to be here awhile.

Olivia scanning the shelves.

The first place I go is the children's books section.

I collect old reading books.

Ed has quite a collection.

A shelf of old and very old story books.

Antique and vintage objects placed in the nooks and crannies of the store add to the charm.

Stacks and stacks of books carefully arranged by genre and author.

Can't you imagine the journeys that await you in these books?

They have taken other people there.

Cozy chairs welcome you to sit and read awhile.

Ed's Editions is easy to miss.

You might catch a glimpse as you drive pass.

Next time stop and enjoy a bookshop unlike the big chain stores.

You will find treasure here.

These are some of the treasures we found.

Two reading books.

One from a series I collect.

I have hundreds of postcards in my collection, but none this size.

Souvenir packet from Venice..

Look at their size.

They are half the width of regular cards.

An incomplete set, but still lovely.

Some postcard fanatics only collect Tuck's.

This is an original envelope in good condition.



I was so excited.

There were postcards in the envelope.

Alas, only one remained of the original set.

The one with the cottage scene.

There was this Palace Guard card.

I had to have them when I saw the oilettes of the pets.

From different sets.

Puppies and kittens.

Some cute ones.

And some serious ones.

If you have ever seen You've Got Mail, this would be the store Meg Ryan owned and lost.

Because her customers moved over to the big chain store.

Please if you are lucky enough to have a book store like Ed's Editions, shop there.

We need to preserve places like this.

Visit Ed here at his website to see if he has the book you want.

<You didn't think he wasn't online, did you?>

See y'all!

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  1. Very cool, Donna. We have one dealer in our antique mall who occupies about 1/4 of an entire (former department store) floor with vintage and antique tomes. He's made little nooks for sitting and reading too, and high walls with shelves and shelves of books. I agree, we need to preserve these little treasures.

  2. I always enjoy experiencing your outings with you, Donna, and this one is no exception. Most of the mom and pop bookstores have disappeared around here. Can't believe I once considered opening one back in the nineties. I was talked out of it by a very experienced bookseller who said most would fail. It's so sad to see that coming true.

  3. I've driven by so many times and never stopped in. I'll have to check it out now, the place looks amazing. Thanks for the tour Donna, love what you found.

  4. Very cool! I love browsing old books, too! Also loving those postcards - especially the sweet pups!

  5. Unfortunately, I couldn't pass by it even once without stopping in! Love used book stores. A great one in Superior and another in Eau Claire have closed in the past years. SO sad, because they were great places to spend an afternoon.

  6. There aren't many little book stores like Ed's left. I love the old book stores in my area.

  7. Oh my, you know I love vintage papery. I even have the At Play book! Isn't it so lovely??! I wanna go to Ed's!

  8. Love book stores and love your finds! I wonder has the kindle hurt his business as well?

  9. Looks like the perfect spot to spend an afternoon...:) I love book stores...of any kind! I bet this place had a wonderful smell with all the old books! Love the postcards you bought cool! Hope you had a wonderful Monday.

    Blessings, Vicky

  10. Ed is a good friend of ours. He's a great guy. I love his shop and I know he appreciates your post about it. Lots of fun and treasures to be found there!

  11. Love independent and second hand bookstores. Your post card finds are wonderful!

  12. Little home town book stores are the best! Fabulous post cards. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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