Due to the Covid19 pandemic, local community and government facilities were closed including community centers, gyms, and libraries. While a lot of people are now working from home, there are some people beginning to go back to work. Students are learning through online platforms such as Zoom. While we switch our daily routines to online, there is some joy that can be found in the physical form. One of them would be reading a good book with a cup of tea (or coffee). You may be wondering where to get second-hand books that would save you money, and also support local businesses during these difficult times. Then this is the guide you are looking for!

Cozy Corner Book Shoppe

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First, we have Cozy Corner Book Shoppe, located at 1250 South Service Road. Don’t underestimated this little shop, at first glance, it might not seem like much, but there are valuable treasures hidden inside. This shop has been around since 2008! Inside, you can find various genres of books from adventure, art, or biographies, to cookbooks, sports, and true crimes. With over 50,000 books to choose from, you will never get tired of their selection. They are currently doing an October promotion until October 31st, 2020. You could trade in your used books for up to 50% of your total purchase as store credits.

Hours of Operation: Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm

Website: https://www.cozycornerbookshoppe.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cozycornerbookshoppe/

Turtle Creek Books

Next up on the list is Turtle Creek Books, located at 34 Lakeshore Road East. It opened its doors in 2002, and has been serving the Peel region ever since. Turtle Creek Books originally started its business in Northern Ontario, in a city called Pembroke in the 1930’s. It is a family owned business over three generations. It specializes in providing used and rare books in the genres of antiquarian, antique & collectibles, archeology, architecture, art, automotive, and biographies. You can sell your books to them too! They offer a few different selling methods, one being a cash purchase which allows the exchange of cash depending on a percentage of what the book would sell for to another customer. You can also trade in your books following a “4 for 1” basis in which you will get a free book for every 4 books you trade in. They offer a consignment arrangement for books with a higher value, or you can opt-in for them to make a donation on your behalf to Wikipedia. This mighty store holds history and connections with local members and you can always rely on them for their expertise knowledge.

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Hours of Operation: By Appointment Only.

Website: https://www.turtlecreekbooks.ca/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TURTLEBOOKSHOP

The Book Wardrobe

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Last but not least, The Book Wardrobe which located at 223 Queen Street South.  This unique store offer more than books, you can also find a big selection of jewelleries and clothes. This independent bookstore opened in 2017. Their books selection include fiction, non-fiction, young adult, children’s books, poetry, art and photography. Being on the second floor of the Robinson-Bray House, The Book Wardrobe offers a welcoming and cozy atmosphere to all its customers. Whether you are in the mood for a classic novel or looking for some artsy inspiration, this bookstore would not disappoint you.

Hours of Operation:

Wednesday to Friday, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday, 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday – CLOSE

Website: https://thebookwardrobe.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bookwardrobe

Mississauga is known for its diverse community, environmental friendly businesses and unique stores. Next time you found yourself wandering in the city core, make sure to spend some time visiting them. You may be surprised in what you encounter, wether it be the people, the scenery, or the treasures hidden within each one of them.

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Actor. Playwright. Producer. Renée Wong (she/her) is an actor, director, playwright, and arts administrator based in Toronto, Ontario. She is a recent graduate of Humber College Theatre Performance Program, and has also obtained her bachelor’s degree specialized in Strategic Management and majored in Theatre Performance at University of Toronto. Dedicated to exploring marginalized stories, Renée’s first play "We Are Humans, Aren’t We?" tackles the themes of self-identities and bullying, premiered at the Act Fast Theatre Festival and is in the process of further development. Renée has worked with Paprika Festival, Toronto Fringe, SummerWorks Festival and TO Live.