Acting as an attraction in its own right as much as a retailer, The Last Bookstore is an LA powerhouse and definitely somewhere worth a visit during a trip to the city.
Currently in its third and most beautiful incarnation, The Last Bookstore has evolved twice before. Beginning in 2005 in his loft, Josh Spencer took his decade of experience in selling everything from cars to clothes and decided to focus purely on his first love: Books. Things have grown considerably since then and bookstore has now settled into the wonderful 22,000-square-foot premises in the Spring Arts Tower at 5th and Spring.
The name was chosen with the view of curating a collection of essential reading that could be enjoyed in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Ironically, it has become more and more apt in the current landscape, where bookstores die every day, falling to the industrial blade of the internet. They still buy, sell, and trade books as they always have, however. If you’re looking for books or vinyl, new or used, this should be an essential one-shop pit stop.
The decor and venue are breathtaking and you could wander the quirky nooks and crannies for hours and never stop noticing something new or kooky. From book-littered overhead archways to vintage upholstery, it’s as warm and cozy as it is kitsch and eye catching.
They’ve become one of the single largest independent bookstores in the world and the team is still headed by original owner Josh Spencer, who is just as passionate today as he was on day one.
The space hosts events from musical guests to book signings and readings and the calendar is chockablock with talent and interesting names. Check out their website for the latest events and artist information.
Buying, Selling & Trading
Exchanging books with The Last Bookstore is a genuine pleasure. They honestly care about what they do and it almost always results in an interesting conversation; they also pride themselves on offering a fair price. They will consider all books in a good condition and offer both a cash and trade exchange. For cash, you will usually be looking at $1 to $3 for anything that isn’t extraordinary or rare; they’ll give you 50% more than that in trade, but this can only be used for books in the store. Feel free to donate any books they don’t make an offer for.
They have a handy list of what they won’t buy online and on this list are any books from a smoky environment, magazines from the past 20 years and, quite rightly, anything from the Twilight Series.
The book exchange is manned 7 days a week from 10:00am to 5:30pm and the vinyl/record exchange runs 5 days a week from Wednesday through Sunday at the same time, although they recommend calling ahead to be sure.
453 S Spring St, Ground Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013