Seven Gables Books & Antiques

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It is located in an unassuming 19th century Gothic Revival home on the edge of the business district [downtown] of Northfield Minnesota. I visited this quaint shop only twice, but plan to make it back again.
Seven Gables is set back from the street and hidden away behind the trees. The old blue sign is weathered and somehow my eyes didn't read the letters on the sign the first several times I saw it.
I went to the front door and I wasn't sure if it was still a bookseller. I thought maybe the sign was a remnant. I rang an antique door bell that required turning of a knob to produce a bell ring. The entry porch was stacked high with random trinkets and books.
Upon entry I was greeted by a wizened old woman at a desk. Briefly she gave directions as to the location of books which were indeed laid out in an unconventional way. The interior of the house was filled with stacks of books and other nostalgia. It was all somewhat haphazard in arrangement but this only added to the experience of the quaint and somewhat mysterious dwelling turned business.
As I waded into the rich history of Seven Gables I was greeted by the meow of a cat. I counted three of them roaming or sprawling in typical feline fashion . If allergic be sure to take an antihistamine.
I purchased a large book on world religions as a gift. It's condition was just short of pristine and the price was fair. I spoke for a short time with the proprietor, inquiring about art books and she seemed knowledgeable. I learned that she was a retired school teacher. My guess is that the shop gives a small supplementary income in her retirement.
As a business it could be run in a more efficient and prosperous way, but I think something would be lost in the process. It is what I think of as a browsing bookshop where you find the books that you didn't realize existed and others that you'd forgotten.

If you are pretentious or dislike animals you may take offense.

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★★★★★

It is located in an unassuming 19th century Gothic Revival home on the edge of the business district [downtown] of Northfield Minnesota. I visited this quaint shop only twice, but plan to make it back again.
Seven Gables is set back from the street and hidden away behind the trees. The old blue sign is weathered and somehow my eyes didn't read the letters on the sign the first several times I saw it.
I went to the front door and I wasn't sure if it was still a bookseller. I thought maybe the sign was a remnant. I rang an antique door bell that required turning of a knob to produce a bell ring. The entry porch was stacked high with random trinkets and books.
Upon entry I was greeted by a wizened old woman at a desk. Briefly she gave directions as to the location of books which were indeed laid out in an unconventional way. The interior of the house was filled with stacks of books and other nostalgia. It was all somewhat haphazard in arrangement but this only added to the experience of the quaint and somewhat mysterious dwelling turned business.
As I waded into the rich history of Seven Gables I was greeted by the meow of a cat. I counted three of them roaming or sprawling in typical feline fashion . If allergic be sure to take an antihistamine.
I purchased a large book on world religions as a gift. It's condition was just short of pristine and the price was fair. I spoke for a short time with the proprietor, inquiring about art books and she seemed knowledgeable. I learned that she was a retired school teacher. My guess is that the shop gives a small supplementary income in her retirement.
As a business it could be run in a more efficient and prosperous way, but I think something would be lost in the process. It is what I think of as a browsing bookshop where you find the books that you didn't realize existed and others that you'd forgotten.

If you are pretentious or dislike animals you may take offense.

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OH MY GOSH! I came across this house near the public library by accident. What a fire trap!! I have never seen so much STUFF shoved in rooms, and shelves, and on the floor as this place has!! I don't know the owner could possbily know what she has in inventory, it is such a mess. The smell is unpleasant, as you can imagine, and there are hungry-looking cats meowing around your feet as soon as you enter.
I was awe-struck and didn't know whether to run away or take pictures to prove the incredible condition of this place that calls itself a business. Scary!

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OH MY GOSH! I came across this house near the public library by accident. What a fire trap!! I have never seen so much STUFF shoved in rooms, and shelves, and on the floor as this place has!! I don't know the owner could possbily know what she has in inventory, it is such a mess. The smell is unpleasant, as you can imagine, and there are hungry-looking cats meowing around your feet as soon as you enter.
I was awe-struck and didn't know whether to run away or take pictures to prove the incredible condition of this place that calls itself a business. Scary!

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