A few weeks ago, my husband and I were in Portland, Oregon (PDX) for the first time. We explored many neighbourhoods, took in the First Thursday Art Crawl in the Pearl district, and visited Powell's flagship bookstore almost every day, sometimes twice a day. When I read that Powell's was a mix of new and used books, I was a bit sceptical. I quickly saw the benefits when I would go to a section and find new and out-of-print books side-by-side. The store takes up an entire city block and is stocked to the gills. Powell's buys 10,000 used books each week. Their postcards, bookmarks, and store maps are beautifully designed.