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Mystery and Imagination

Updated: Jun 10, 2022

Book Fellows is also known as Mystery and Imagination -- and they are known online -- and they're dealer 1477 at King Richard's on the main floor and a second location right by the main door. They primarily sell books as well as vinyl, prints, china, small furniture items. They also have a booth downstairs with the entire back wall lined with books -- and they are usually from the turn of the century with attractive bindings. "They are very attractive to antique collectors," says Malcolm Bell the dealer. "Many of these books are over a hundred years old and have decorative bindings. If you are building a library for the look we have a lot of decorative material."

They also have oil paintings with a variety of images. They are priced from about $150 to $500 and there are also signed prints and photographs. Some of the images include western scenes and landscapes -- and they would fit with the library decor. This is also a dealer with about 15,000 long playing records and they'll display about a hundred vinyls at a time. The vinyl collection is very heavy with movie soundtracks and "easy listening" music and some Latin. Classic artists including Patty Page and Frank Sinatra are in the collection. "I bought a soundtrack collection in 1998," he told me, "and we still have a lot of it." There are movies and Broadway shows. There was even a Star Wars first pressing with a poster that sold quickly but this gives an idea of the range of titles that are available. The album covers -- even the vintage LPs -- are in great condition and many still sealed. He found a warehouse loaded with these albums and they are now coming to market. The warehouse belonged to a distributor who went out of business in the 1990s and he bought thousands of dollars of records which got him started. So buyers here will be shopping a vintage collection and what was previously an unknown hoard. You'll even find fifty-year old albums that are still sealed and they will be priced at only $9.99 each.

There are all types of china, porcelain, crystal including Waterford, and hundreds of pieces that came from estates. There are small portions of a huge inventory that is brought in all the time. Malcolm says he can take requests and then check the warehouses to see what's available, so if you are looking for a particular piece for your collection ask him and he'll be happy to see if it's available and to bring it in.

His wife also curates some vintage clothing at King Richard's at the store on the lower level. It's from the 1950s through the 70s and before, and also accessories including shoes and hats.

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