A seemingly never-ending labyrinth lined with everything from obscure children's tales to signed Salingers, complete with cushy leather chairs, complimentary coffee and even a cadre of friendly feline companions.Back when we first set foot inside the sprawling, maze-like Atlanta Vintage Books, we knew we'd stumbled upon what would become one of our favorite hidden gems in Atlanta. A seemingly never-ending labyrinth lined with everything from obscure children's tales to signed Steinbecks, complete with cushy leather chairs, complimentary coffee and even a cadre of friendly feline companions: it couldn't get any better, right? Well, that's what we thought, too—until it did get better, after a recent acquisition took this bookstore's inventory to nearly 100,000 volumes. Who's up for some literary treasure-hunting?
Pop your head inside Atlanta Vintage Books, and you'll likely be greeted by Bob and/or Jan, the two bibliophiles who quit their dayjobs to follow their shared dream of owning an independent bookstore. (That is, of course, if they're not downstairs sorting through the colossal collection of books they recently acquired from two Emory professors, which is making its way to the shop's shelves. History nerds, rejoice!) Bob, Jan, and their small staff have made it their collective mission to provide their fellow book-lovers not simply with a store, but an oasis of sorts. "We have something in common with everyone who walks through those doors," Bob says. "We all love to read." And that commonality is the root of Atlanta Vintage Books' purpose. Of course, it's also a place where one can stumble upon exquisitely preserved leatherbound classics or a signed first-edition copy of "Gone with the Wind" (not to mention a recently re-upped fantasy/sci-fi section) all while whiling away a couple hours meandering a true biblio-haven. We're pretty sure even the fanciest of Amazon algorithims can't beat that.
Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.