All posts tagged: bookstores

Friday Review: Village Books & Crafts, Palmerston North

I’ve been meaning to write this review for ages, and ages, and just haven’t gotten around to it. Village Books and Crafts 318 College Street Palmerston North Ph:06-355-5735 Email: Village Books and Crafts What it is: Village Books and Crafts is a small, friendly locally owned store, teaching centre, and mail order company.  It stocks everything you could ever want for quilting, fibre, and surface design.  And Dianne Southey, the proprietor, knows everything you could want to know about quilting, fibre art, and surface design. The Good: So much delicious quilting and crafting pogey bait!  Silk ribbons!  Lace (on sale as the store was clearing out its stash, so I picked up a bunch), embroidery floss, buttons (one of the largest selection of novelty buttons in New Zealand), thread, fabric, jewellery fixings…the list goes on and on. There is even oodles of stuff that I have no idea what to do with – fancy interfacings and fabric dyes, doll bits, and acorns (I still don’t know what those are for). Fear not though, the shop is …

Friday Review: Kalele Books

I hate chain bookstores.  They are so sterile and generic and I feel completely overwhelmed and uninspired at the same time.  And somehow all books look bad in chain bookstores. Also, the Borders in Wellington has a whole section called “Vampire Romance”.  It’s bigger than their “Spirituality” section.  I’m scared. But I adore used bookstores.  They are interesting and quirky and every time you visit there are new things to explore.  And with the really good ones you can become friends with the clerks and they save the best stuff for you when it comes in. So, on the odd chance that you should happen to visit the very small island of Molokai, I thought you should know that Kalele Bookstore and Divine Expressions is a really good used bookstore. Kalele Books carries an enchantingly random assortment of both new and used books, and some excellently chosen art. The bookstore is currently hosting three paintings done in red dirt, which sounds a little gimmicky, but is actually amazing in person.  Who knew you could get …