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Often while we are on vacation we will explore antique shops and antique malls. Personally I prefer the antique malls since they usually have a lot more stuff, and a larger variety of antiques.
Usually I will roam the aisles looking for used books. If something else catches my eye, I will stop and look. My wife will wander up and down the aisles separately looking for whatever appeals to her.
For the last day we have been staying in Shoreline, WA. There seem to be no used bookstores here, but there are several antique malls. We just got back from a large one with over 250 vendors. I combed the place looking for vendors selling books. There were quite a few books there. My main interests are martial arts books, but I rarely find any of these in an antique store or mall. But I also collect modern fiction, and will sometimes find a cool under-priced book. I did find a copy of a book that my wife wanted to read (nothing collectible).
You never know what you are going to find. I found a gumball machine for $25. If I found it near home, I would have bought it. But trying to transport it back to New York would be a pain.

After discovering the largest bead store in the world was located in Lacey, WA, our travel plans changed. We had been planning on taking a ferry from Kingston to Edmonds. But now we were going to drive around.
Finding Shipwreck Beads was not too difficult. There were signs along the roads guiding us to the store. There was plenty of parking available. In the walkway leading to the entrance of the store there were beads embedded in the concrete.
We entered the store, and the place was huge. They claim to have something like 8 or 9 billion beads. Wow! I have seen other bead stores that my wife has gone to, and all of them put together would not come close to matching this place. Personally, I have no interest in beads, so I turned my wife loose, and went back to the car to play with my GPS plotting used bookstores in Tacoma. In a bit, I went back in, and my wife had only gone about one row. What scared me was that she had a cart. Not a basket, but a cart! Ouch! She showed me a room with a TV (and remote control) called the "Man Room". I told her I was going to go visit the one used book store that I found in Lacey.
When I got back, she had a small amount of beads in the cart. Okay, this didn’t look so bad. I thought she would have a lot more. She said she was about done, so we headed to the checkout.
The checkout line was slow. They need to hand enter the item numbers for each item. Also, beads that are not already bagged are placed into bags and sealed. So we had to wait in line for a while.
When we finally got to the check, my placed her small amount of beads on the counter. There was a bag of Chinese beads. The lady pulled out a few strings and informed my wife that just 3 strings would be about $10. My wife chose to only get the 3 strings of those. The beads that she had selected totaled up to over $100! Ouch! The book that I had bought while I was gone only cost 50 cents!! But I am sure m wife will be able to use the beads she got.
Shipwreck Beads is located at 8560 Commerce Place Dr NE, Lacey, WA 98516. Phone: (360) 754-2323.

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