Carson Books Ltd
By YP Contributor

Turning a Book and Record Hobby into Business

Opening a book and record shop came naturally to Tim Carson in 1993. To fuel his passion for reading and music, during his teens he began collecting first editions and rare records.

“In the process of building my own collection I started having extra stuff to sell, and before I knew it I had a lot of extras, so it occurred to me I might try opening a store,” says Tim.

Carson Books and Records boasts a carefully curated selection of literature, non-fiction, sci-fi, cookbooks, art books, new age books and books on Buddhism alongside an extensive collection of record albums. The store is a quiet, calm space with a welcoming atmosphere.

“Customers are free to browse through the collection to their own content,” says Tim. “And we’re always happy to make suggestions and point people to books and records that we think they’ll enjoy.”

Customers don’t have to wade through a bunch of books or records to find that hidden gem – each section is full of gems. - Tim Carson, owner
Carson Books and Records, used books and LPs, thousands of books and records in all categories, fiction, classics, philosophy, science, natural history, art, religion, new age, Buddhism, how-to, self-help, psychology, sci-fi, crime fiction, thrillers, sports, rock, pop, jazz, classical

A Collection of Gems

“We have all categories and genres. I specialize in carrying the best books and records in those sections,” says Tim. “Customers don’t have to wade through a bunch of books or records to find that hidden gem – each section is full of gems.”

Tim handpicks the best titles when people bring in their own collections. “Usually if someone brings in a bunch of books, I’ll probably only buy one or two. On the rare occasion, their whole box is gems, which is always quite nice,” says Tim.

In addition, to ensure his collection always reflects his customers’ needs, Tim enlists the talent of book scouts. “I have a number of book scouts who scour the city for the ones that I’m looking for and I pay them top dollar," he explains, "so that’s a steady source of good books."

Given the continual influx of new titles that pass his desk, Tim has expanded his general knowledge over the years. As a result, he is usually the first one with the right answer when watching Jeopardy with friends and family.

“It’s great to be around books and records all the time. There is always something new coming in that piques my curiosity,” says Tim. “Oftentimes, I’ll read a book on an entirely new subject, so I know a little bit about a lot of things.”

Carson Books and Records, used books and LPs, thousands of books and records in all categories, fiction, classics, philosophy, science, natural history, art, religion, new age, Buddhism, how-to, self-help, psychology, sci-fi, crime fiction, thrillers, sports, rock, pop, jazz, classical

Proudly Serving Dunbar and Beyond

Tim’s dedicated approach to the collection and his friendly, helpful service have made Carson Books and Records a long-time favourite among avid collectors, hobby readers and music lovers.

The store attracts a good mix of Dunbar locals, as well as customers from across the city who make special trips to the area to visit Tim and add to their personal collections.

“We love to take people’s want lists,” says Tim. “Certain customers collect certain books, so I watch out for these for them, put them aside and call them up."

And for those with no particular title in mind, you can be sure you’ll also receive a warm welcome from Tim as you come in to discover your own not-so-hidden gems.

Carson Books and Records, used books and LPs, thousands of books and records in all categories, fiction, classics, philosophy, science, natural history, art, religion, new age, Buddhism, how-to, self-help, psychology, sci-fi, crime fiction, thrillers, sports, rock, pop, jazz, classical
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