Customers search for the perfect fruit crate to cart away their books during Acres of Books’ last hurrah in Long Beach, Calif. on July 10, 2010. The ArtExchange, who now owns the iconic Long Beach building, reopened the Acres of Books building Saturday for a fundraiser involving the bookstore’s leftover inventory of 30,000 books and 1,500 vintage fruit crates. For $25, visitors were able to choose a crate and fill it to the brim with books. Alex Salto, executive director of the ArtExchange estimated the crowd to be between 600 and 700 people.
The fruit crates, some dating back to 1900, were used to haul books to their Long Beach Blvd. location when Acres of Books moved in 1960. The crates served as shelving in the store until it closed in 2008.
In its long history Acres of Books has served clientele such as Jack Vance, Upton Sinclair, Stan Freberg, Gary Owens, James Hilton, Greg Bear, Tim Powers, Thurston Moore, Mike Watt, Paul Schrader, Fran Lebowitz, Robert Easton, Eli Wallach, Diane Keaton and most notably Ray Bradbury, who immortalized the bookstore in an essay entitled “I Sing The Bookstore Eclectic”. See more pictures>>