One of the only sizeable used bookstores left in Southern California, Book Alley is gem for those in search of anything hard to find or out of print. The clientele is a diverse mix older intellectuals, young creative-types, and longtime regulars who all share a practically palpable love for books. An idyllic place to procure a unique and budget conscious present, as the owner constantly buys books from private sellers and estates, there is also a rotating array of serious literary treasures. Inexpensive vinyl records, Bukowski T-shirts and vintage posters are also available on site. Be sure to check out the back room that is exploding with piles of books waiting to be catalogued and placed on the shop floor.
If you think the only reasons to shop in Pasadena are the shops at Old Town Pasadena and the epic Rose Bowl Flea Market, it’s time you head to the foothills. The redevelopment of Old Town from a ghost town to a hopping shopping and foodie metropolis (about time, since Julia Child is a Pasadena native), the creation of the alfresco Paseo Colorado, and a growing arts scene has helped put Pasadena on the map as a major shopping destination. From boutiques to bookstores, here are the best places to browse and shop in Pasadena.
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