Old & Unusual

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If you were to walk into an antiquarian bookshop and, after browsing for a bit, spot this in the back corner – wouldn’t your curiosity be peaked?  This is the sort of discovery I find pretty exciting.  Forgive me, what’s a Biblio-Mat, you say?  Well, it’s a vending machine for books!  And it’s amazing!  I’ve known about this vending machine for a while, and went to check it out for myself recently.  I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since.

It’s in a local antiquarian bookshop here in Toronto, The Monkey’s Paw, and it’s so much fun.  If you’re wondering whether I tried it out – of course I did!  The Biblio-Mat only dispenses old books, the shop itself not selling anything published after 1980.  They have a very selectively curated collection of books that will draw you in for a long time.  A looong time.

I’m not going to share what book I got from the Biblio Mat, I’m going to double dog dare you to go there and try it for yourself!

Well, okay I’ll share: it’s a beautiful vintage book about British Columbia!!