Archive Bookstore to Stay Open on Its Last Thanksgiving, Selling Everything for $1


Books on sale for $1 in the Archive's basement. - PHOTOS BY LINDSAY TOLER
  • Photos by Lindsay Toler
  • Books on sale for $1 in the Archive's basement.

The Archive bookstore is closing for good, and its owners have so many boxes of books to sell off that they're extending their all-books-are-one-dollar sale, possibly for another two weeks.

The Benton Park West book shop's closing is a blow for the St. Louis literary scene, especially coupled with its St. Louis county counterpart, the Book House, which launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise enough funds to open by Black Friday.

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But the news is a boon for bargain hunters, especially as the holiday shopping season starts. Store owners say they have 25,000 books left, carefully counted by hand last week. Employees unload between 20 and 40 boxes at the store daily.

Steven Hoffman unloads box after box of books and prepares them for sale.
  • Steven Hoffman unloads box after box of books and prepares them for sale.

"There's so much stuff that's still great," says Steven Hoffman, one of the owners. "Hopefully we can get rid of as much as we can. We're not happy about it, but it's the best solution."

See also: Archive Bookstore: Independent St. Louis Shop Will Likely Shut Down, Owner "Heartbroken"

The store will be open from noon to 8 p.m. all week, including on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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