Saturday, March 21, 2009

Faith 'n Fiction Saturday: Christian Bookstores

Amy asks us this week...
Today's Question
While books and bookstores in general are suffering, Christian bookstores are suffering even more in this economy. Do you have a Christian bookstore that you shop at? Why don't you tell us about your local Christian bookstore and the benefits that if offers. If you don't shop at a Christian bookstore, then please tell us where you get your books, music, and other Christian gift items.
My favorite Christian bookstore is Mardel. I just *love* Mardel, I do. There was a time--not so long ago really, three years ago maybe?--when there wasn't a Mardel in town. We (as a family) were very sad. We loved Mardel. So we drove to the nearest one--which was about forty minutes away. We'd go once a month or so. More in summer probably. Now, we have our own Mardel. And it is a wonderfully happy little place. They typically have the best prices on just about everything you could ever want. (CBD (Christian Book Distributors or Christianbook.com) lost us as customers!) They offer plenty of stuff--a true version of stuff mart minus the food and drinks--bibles, christian fiction and nonfiction, children's books, children's toys, christian t-shirts and sweat shirts, cds, dvds, school supplies, office supplies, church supplies, and anything and everything teachers would need for their classrooms. I'm sure I'm leaving off something, but I think you get the idea :)

Why do I love them? Bargains, bargains, more bargains! Bargain books. Bargain bibles. It's the stuff dreams are made on. I can't begin to tell you about the number of super-bargain bibles I've picked up. Leather bibles that I picked up for anywhere from 50% to 90% off. Yes, walking away with a leather bible for under seven or eight bucks is just awesome. I've gotten hardback bibles for under four. I think my all-time lowest was $1.19 for a new bible.

Several times a year they offer a 25% off every book in the store (including bibles and kids books) day. (This includes those books on clearance or in the bargain, super-bargain category.) And I think likewise they have at least one maybe two every CD in the store $9.99 day.

I remember one day Mom found dozens and dozens of books that were 90% off $4.99. And it was the 25% off day. So we got about twenty-five books for about 38 cents apiece.

Of course, not every book or bible is that cheap. But it still feels good knowing that you can walk into a store and find almost anything you want at a good price. Most of my bibles--with the exception of one or two which I've found cheaper on Amazon--have come from Mardel. My ESV Study Bible. My Wycliffe New Testament. My Tyndale New Testament. All came from Mardel.

© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible

6 comments:

Smilingsal said...

That sounds like a great place to shop! Here's my answer:
http://bookcritiques.blogspot.com/2009/03/faith-n-fiction-saturday.html

Marvin D. Wilson said...

Wow - extensive answer and thanks for the lead. Mine is up at Free Spirit-

http://tinyurl.com/darrwp

Cynda Western Felini said...

I love Mardel's too! Our closest one if 45 minutes but since I make biweekly trips to Frisco it isn't that big a deal.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Mardel's is awesome. They have all sorts of stuff and incredible selection of books and bibles. Plus the help is very nice and attentive.
I agree, their bargains are true bargains. Online stores are great, but being able to hold a book and look at a little before purchasing is wonderful.
And, they are one half mile from our house.

Sherrylinn said...

Sounds like a great place!

Amy said...

I went to Mardel when I was visiting my brother in Denver...and was thrilled to find so many bargain books! Of course my suitcase on the way home was heavy....