Used bookstore opens in downtown Greencastle

PAT FRIDGEN
Don Kline recently opened a shop at 9 E. Baltimore St.

Don Kline began reading when he was a toddler, and he hasn't stopped yet. Retirement was a bit dull, so he opened an independent used bookstore at 9 E. Baltimore St. in September.

"I taught myself to read when I was 3-years-old," he said. "At age 6, I received a quarter and bought 'The Last Wagon Train' by Zane Grey at a store in Waynesboro. People were surprised I understood it. I still have it."

The retail venture is an extension of what he'd done for years. As owner of Kline's Bookkeeping and Tax Service from 1980 to 2005, he sold books from the office all along. Clients and customers found him first on West Baltimore Street, then on Center Square, and finally on South Carlisle Street.

Now he has moved his inventory of 5,000 books out of his home into Don Kline's Used Books and Collectibles. Between 2-3,000 tomes are on the shelves. They cover all genres: romance, western, fiction, mystery, history, art, self-help, cookbooks and more. Some are brand new and the oldest were published in the 1870s.

Kline also sells Fenton glass, baseball and sports cards, toys and memorabilia.

"The toys sell out immediately," he noted. "A set of Harry Potter books sold the first day."

He also has original art available, with more coming.

Kline, 70, builds up his stash at auctions, purchasing from people by appointment, or letting them trade for credit to use in the store. His sister Pat Esquer, a retired teacher, brought in a large collection of children's books. He also accepts merchandise on consignment.  

Kline is determined to meet the needs of customers. He will take special orders.

"If I don't have what someone wants, I'll find it."

The store is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The phone number is 717-372-3252.