second-hand books | peace and quiet | ponsonby
Here's to stories.
They're how we make sense of our world, how we get out of the day to day, how we remember what it used to be like, and how we make maps for our future selves.
Here's to reality.
To physical things. To actual feels. To saving our pennies. And to not getting our clickstream tracked.
Here's to humanity.
It needn't all be hustle and bustle, international brands and manufactured hospitality.
And here's to books.
The diaries of another time. A store of useful memories. A picture worth a thousand words.
So climb into unexpected spaces. Explore new ideas. Slow down time for a minute. Or an hour.
This bookstore is a memory bank, and we're open to new borrowers. Starting from a dollar.
What we are doing
Let's face it. Second-hand bookstores are good for the soul and need to exist in the world.
We want to find ways to restore this one to sufficient commercial success to sustain its future in the Ponsonby community.
We plan to do that by making it a space where a few more things can happen than just second-hand books.
Julie Fry divides her time between Brooklyn, New York, and a family farm near Motueka. She now works as a consulting economist, having spent her earlier career in the public service in New Zealand and in London. On the blog Julie explains how she got involved with this project.
Hayley Hamilton lives in Wellington and is an enthusiastic book reader. When not reading, she is (weirdly) also an economist.