14 weeks ago the used book enthusiasts of Fruita had to drive many miles to quench their thirst for a good used book, but not any longer. Since October down town Fruita has its very own used book store. Turn the Page Used Bookstore is run by Fruita local Carla Griffin and sitting by her side two days a week is her lovely greeter Coco the pug. Nestled on Aspen Street just off the circle you can find Turn the Page Used Bookstore open six days a week. The doors open at 10 expect on Wednesday when they open at 9 and are closed again at 5 every evening. Even though Turn the Page Bookstore is locally owned and operated Carla invites everyone from around the valley to come enjoy the simplicity of not only her bookstore but Fruita itself. And keeping things simple is what Carla does best at her store, so please come with cash in hand.
Selling books isn’t the only thing Turn the Page Bookstore is known for. Carla is also bringing the joy of reading to Fruita’s youth with “story time”. Every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 Carla has local volunteers read stories aloud in her story room. A tradition Carla stared in the memory of her father, Carl MacLachlan. A man she described as the best storyteller she has ever known. In the tradition of keeping things local Carla also features authors from around the western slope, right now on display is Sue C. Hughey ‘s book “Herby’s Secret Formula.”
In these tough economic times Carla did face a few challenges in opening her doors but said, “it hasn’t been easy but I have faith in my community,” and as long as the community keeps walking in through her doors she will keep them open. And if the economic woes have you down don’t worry, Carla offers a ray of hope with her trade in program. Carla offers a trade in credit which is typically 25% of the cover price. That credit can be redeemed on any book for half the value of that book. This means if you want a four dollar book you can use two dollars of credit and two dollars of cash. In the end with the trade in program you end up paying only a quarter of the cover price. Please don’t bring in any Harlequin romances or magazines as these are not eligible for the trade in program. If you ever find yourself in the mood for a good used book be sure to stop by Turn the Page Used Bookstore because from the honey in her tea to the authors on her shelf Carla Griffin is keeping things simple and easy down on Aspen Street.
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