Last January, George and Sarah Brooks sold 800 books in the driveway of their Seminole home.
Then they started traveling to events and businesses in Pinellas, and finally, in April, they opened a warehouse (10440 66th St. N. Unit 6, Pinellas Park) to house the mother lode of reading materials: Book Rescuers.
“We always do the moving thing; we really have a passion for bringing books to the community at an affordable price,” said George. “We never really sold enough to touch our nut, so we worked really hard so the warehouse could be bought.”
The Brooks draw their stash from donations, estate sales, schools and venues that are willing to shred their books due to a lack of buyers.
This allows Book Rescuers to sell items at low prices. Most of the books they sell are between $1 and $3, with the most expensive vintage reads capping out at $8.
“Me and my wife, being the bibliophiles that we are, it broke our hearts,” George said. “So that’s what we do, we save the books.”
Pinellas Park Bookstore also sponsors teachers and will soon begin launching an “Adopt-a-Teacher” where a percentage of sales from the event will go to a selected teacher’s classroom supply list.
“We want to ease some financial burdens for our teachers,” George said.
Book Rescuers warehouse is open Wednesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and some Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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