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Really nice book store

So full of books- but they can help you find something if you are in search of a particular one... read more

Reviewed January 10, 2019
Joan H
South Haven, Michigan
such a gem!

this is a little gem hidden here on the island. you could spend hours browsing among the thousands... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2018
Tri-Cities, Washington
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225 A St, Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, WA 98250-9590
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Reviewed January 10, 2019

So full of books- but they can help you find something if you are in search of a particular one. Otherwise, its just enjoyable to browse.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Joan H
Reviewed October 29, 2018

this is a little gem hidden here on the island. you could spend hours browsing among the thousands of books he has! he even has them cataloged on his computer and can look up things for you. its pretty awesome. Loved my visit and left...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank pinkarcher
Reviewed March 23, 2018

Just up the hill from the ferry dock is this converted house now housing a small used book store crammed floor-to-ceiling with a wide-variety of subjects. We browsed the sagging shelves of books for maybe 15 minutes, and left with a couple of books at...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank dunadan
Reviewed February 21, 2018

The number and variety of books available in this little house is absolutely stunning! Avid readers can easily spend an entire afternoon just browsing the shelves and boxes. The organization is really top-notch, and the owner is a wonderful source of knowledge and recommendations. I...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Melissa L
Reviewed October 26, 2017

Located in a former house, this used book store has charm, atmosphere and organization. So many books, so many genre, but all sorted so you can find what you're looking for. Stocked floor to ceiling, there is limited space to move around.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank lheadley
Reviewed October 11, 2017

I never cease to be amazed when I go into Serendipity. All of the walls and shelves are filled with used books of every interest and genre. It all seems a little overwhelmingly cluttered, but if you take your time, you'll find some amazing treasures....More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Mushroomminnow
Reviewed March 26, 2017 via mobile

Great used bookstore in the heart of downtown. Staff are knowledgeable and friendly. The entire stock is computerized - all 50,000 books! Expect to find recognizable current titles mixed in with classics and rare finds.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank PJinNorthBend
Reviewed March 6, 2017

When you're on island time, old fashioned hard copy books seems to woo you and this place is a treasure for any book lover. You can get lost in here for hours. If you have a title you're looking for, they can sometimes search and...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank bailarina5678
Reviewed February 21, 2017

Although the store is small and full of clutter, it's exactly what most book lovers love. It's small and quaint and has most any book you are looking for. Most books are half price off cover price (which I thought was slightly high for some...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank turtlegirl73
Reviewed January 2, 2017 via mobile

A really fun and welcoming bookstore. Charming with wall-to-wall of books stacked from floor to the ceiling. Good range of selections, quality, price. There were some vintage books with old book covers that might be good for collectors.

Date of experience: December 2016
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