An Incredible Day of Shopping in Detroit. Yes, Detroit
Detroit skyline (Photo: Thinkstock)
What do you find in a city that’s not choked with big-box chain stores? Local shops that run the gamut from quirky to downright weird, with unexpected treasures waiting to be unearthed at every corner. Whether you just want a funky souvenir from your trip or you’re planning an entire shopping expedition, here are a few only-in-Detroit favorites you must put on your list.
First US Illustrated Edition of this Sherlock Holmes classic, from 1893. Tentative price $850.00 (Photo: Courtesy of John K. King Used & Rare Books)
Is there anything as enticing as the smell of old books? OK, maybe a shot of whiskey, but not much else beats the anticipation of stepping into a creaky old building bursting at the seams with piles and piles of old books. Who knows what fantastical tales await you in the yellowing pages of the some million titles lining the endless shelves of this former glove factory? Forget the bottomless depths of online booksellers — hang out here for a few hours to (re)discover the thrill of scanning spines, of tipping one off the shelf when it intrigues you. Also forget computerized inventory (no computers here), book club best-sellers (the owner favors the curious and esoteric), and any sense of time passing — you could lose days wandering the aisles.
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Vintage Cadillac at The Auction Block (Photo: Courtesy of The Auction Block)