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buyers. Most books will not be bought if they have been
written or highlighted in. Nor will they be bought back if
the condition of the book itself is poor, such as if it
appears to have been dropped into the bathtub. Obviously,
textbooks and other popular books are not bought in large
quantities; that task is left to the student book stores. Many
books are also purchased from estates and other institu-
Brent Futrell, manager of Dawn Treader, explained sev-
eral other important aspects of buying back books. "We
will look for books which have been published by a major
publishing house. We also look at the back of the books
for recommendations. If there's no recommendation, then
that's a bad sign. On the other hand, if they have been rec-
ommended by Toni Morrison, that's a great sign."
Anybody is welcome to come in, whether one wishes
to simply browse or sell back a book, in which case the
transaction can take as little as five or 10 minutes.
Inquiries about books can be made by phone, in which

case the employees will be happy to assist. Generally,
most books, hardcover and paperback alike, are re-sold at
about half of their current price, thus making it more
than worth the time to drop by these diverse used book
University students make up a large population of the
used book stores' customers, as do many Ann Arbor res-
idents. Rare antiquary dealers, however, also come from
out of town to purchase many of the books. Several of
are even bound in vellum, in a locked glass storage case
- one of these rare books is the $15,000 book by
Ann Arbor resident Michael Veeser, who refers to himself
as a regular at Dawn Treader, said, "I come here pretty often.
Dawn Treader's got a huge fiction section, and I don't really
read that much fiction either."
According to this regular, no more proof is needed to see
that used book stores have an incomparable selection for
their massive medley of patrons. Whatever the interest, there
is something to be found on the shelves of used book stores
to match it.
- Jessica Eaton, Special to the Daily, contributed to this

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By Ed Jung
For the Daily
The next time you slap on a pair of
Docs and head out to Urban Outfitters
to check out the latest slick hipster
kitsch, take a moment to stop by
Kaleidoscope Books and
Collectibles, just a few
steps north, for a truly
unique experience. While
Kaleidoscope might be
labeled a bookstore, it
can be more accurately
described as an explosion
of pop culture and media.
The layout of
Kaleidoscope, much ANTI(
like the variety of items
there, is anarchic.
Walking through its stacks
of books and memorabilia is like
walking through an old attic; books sit
in boxes, on shelves, in racks and on
the floor in every possible orientation.
The shelves and racks spill over onto
the counters. Toward the rear of the
store are old antique appliances and
some furniture, movie posters and
memorabilia, and more books and
Among the toys that can be found
there are a KITT car from "Knight
Rider" (David Hasselhoff not includ-
ed), an Arnold Schwarzenegger doll
from the movie "Commando" and a
"Cat in the Hat" rocking horse, com-
plete with trademark red-and-white-
striped hat. (Tragically, the jolly feline
was only 1 1/2 ft high, making it some-
what unsuitable for all except the most
diminutive of riders.)
"Under all the piles of dust and junk
you can really find some treasures'"
said LSA first-year student Matt St.
From decades past there is the
Johnny Astro flying toy; talking doll
Suzy Smart; the EZ Bake Oven's prede-
cessor, the Suzy Homemaker Oven; and
the Kreskin ESP board game ("Will the
mystery pendulum answer your ques-
tions about Love? Career? Finance?
Travel?"). If that's not enough to relive
your childhood, then take a look at
Kaleidoscope's collections of metal
lunch boxes and classic children's
books - the store houses an impressive
collection of books from the Little
Golden series.
Anyone who manages to break the
gravitational pull of the toysand escape
toward the rear of the store will find the
bulk of Kaleidoscope's book, record
and magazine collection. Numbering
upwards of 50,000 items, the collection
encompasses media from the turn of the
century to the present.
Dozens of government pamphlets
can be found in the rear, including one
promoting Franklin Roosevelt's Lend-
Lease Act from World War I1 and
another explaining "Our Debt to Our
Soviet Ally" from the '30s. Copies of
the Saturday Evening Post, old National
Geographics fron the '20s and various
loher magazins ie the narrow, pa t


between the shelves and walls. For
those with less intellectual pursuits,
there are also rare and common comic
books, copies of Wrestling Magazine
from the '60s, old copies of Sports
Illustrated as well as old issues of
Combat Karate.
Books range from pulp
fiction, promising lurid
tales of lust ("Warped
Desire - Men Were the
Slaves Her Passions
Destroyed!"), to manuals
on how to be a good wife
from the idyllic '50s ("The
Wife Desired"), to the
UES more prosaic books that
can be found at chain
However, because many of
the books and records, as well as the
toys and games, are rare and highly col-
lectible, some of the items are costly.
Some records are priced up to $25, and
when asked about a box of old socialist
and communist propaganda found in
the back, owner Jeffrey Pickell said,
"Some of those pamphlets really belong
in a labor museum; a few are worth over
a hundred dollars."
Scattered among
the boxes of maga- Kaleid4
zines and records in
the back are the old
appliances and Were 217
electronics. 95.8
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Kaleidoscope's :Monday
selection of televi- 0 - p.m.; TI
sions, radios and t3 :r.8 p.m.; s
record players were
assembled in the
vacuum tube era, so
enjoying your cable system's full 72
channels of entertainment or glorious
stereo sound on them might prove to be
difficult, but some are large enough to
double as a nifty night stand or coffee
Many of their electronics come from
a time when televisions were pieces of
furniture and made from oak accented
with fake inlaid silver. Moving on from
the family room to the kitchen,
Kaleidoscope also has an antique oven,

a gray rocket-shaped Kenmore canister
vacuum cleaner and other housewares.
Tucked away in the back just beyond
the books, records, and magazines is
the poster room. Hundreds of movie
posters and standees from the early '40s
up until the present are for sale, includ-
ing a poster for "La Mujer Robada, con
el idolo de Rock and Roll, Elvis
Presley!" Most are originals.
In addition to the posters, there is
also the tackiest, and possibly the
largest, velvet painting in Ann Arbor in
the back room. This exquisite velvet
masterpiece is of a reclining nude
female tastefully smoking a Menthol.
With this painting, an old RCA TV,
"The Cat in the Hat" rocker and maybe
a Mork from Ork alarm clock, you
could have the swingingest bachelor
pad on or off campus.
How does someone manage to accu-
mulate such a haphazard collection of
memorabilia? "I started collecting as a
survival technique for when my mother
dragged me to antique shows;' said
Pickell. Before opening Kaleidoscope
seven years ago, he worked in the edu-
cational system as a principal.
After becoming frustrated with the
educational bureau-
s pecracy, Pickell used
his own personal
state S. collection to start
Kaleidoscope. He
has since added to
his collection
VedO d through estate sales,
lrsday-Saturday antique stores, auc-
iay, 1g pm. tions, garage sales
and trading and buy-
ing from individuals.
Some of his favorite
items are the '60s rock posters and
works by artist Peter Max.
Anyone who can't find something
to like in Kaleidoscope's books, col-
lectibles or random miscellany either
isn't trying at all or is missing a pulse.
Whether you're looking for something
unique or unusual to decorate a room,
or are looking for cheap, fun entertain-
ment, Kaleidoscope is the place to go.
And don't forget about that velvet


Kaleidoscope owner Jeffrey

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