A merry band of volunteer bookworms, the Friends of the Library dedicate their efforts to providing libraries in Anchorage, Eagle River, and Girdwood with the financial support to expand their collections and programs. The biannual book sale hawks tens of thousands of used books, CDs, DVDs, records, and ancient sea scrolls. Literature lovers can breathe in the musty aroma of antique publications on Saturday, and thrifty shoppers can survey the categorized sections for half-price treasures on Sunday. Although prices vary depending on the item, most range from $0.25 to $2.
For more than 25 years, Play It Again Sports has been buying, selling, and trading new and gently used sporting equipment for kids, teens, and adults. Because children have the growing power and attention span of weeds, outfitting them with pre-owned equipment makes both economic and ergonomic sense. For teens and adults who need to sport a familiar logo while making a tackle or hurling a perfect pitch into an unlucky pigeon, Play It Again Sports gets new inventory daily from top name brands such as Nike, Adidas, TaylorMade, Callaway, Horizon Fitness, and more. The stores also carry supplies for winter, wheeled, and water sports, as well as enough fitness equipment to make a home gym seem more like a gym home. Prices vary by item, but athletic enthusiasts can prepare themselves for a refereed battle in baseball, softball, hockey, soccer, football, golf, and more, with the friendly staff standing at the ready to find the right fit.
After spending 10 years working in the style hub of Los Angeles, Anchorage native Haley Welsome decided to bring her fashion-centric passions back to her hometown roots. Now she keeps Alaskans abreast of the latest trends with her bustling storefront and informative fashion blog, which details the new arriavls. Dresses, tops, and jackets come in designer flavors like BCBGeneration, Max & Cleo, and Free People. Blush Boutique also carries high-end denim from 7 For All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, and Hudson. Dainty jewelry accessories come in sterling silver or gold-dipped styles. Other items include decorative, scented candles, make-up, and stylish handbags perfect for storing spare change and robot parts .
Spoiled Boutique outfits newborns, tots, and mamas-to-be with a wide range of designer apparel, shoes, and strollers. Children's clothing, ranging from newborn to size 8 ($20+), comes in top brands such as True Religion and Patagonia, ensuring that cat-walking kids make unforgettable first impressions, despite not knowing how to open a bank account or land a fighter jet.
Bottoms Boutique decorates bodies below the belt with stylish shoes and jeans for men and women. Find ripe offerings from dashing denim distributors such as Miss Me, Rock Revival, and Rock & Republic ($98–$200) or step out in style, treating feet to street stompers by the likes of Betsey Johnson, Naughty Monkey, and Mark Nason ($65–$180). A bountiful stock of accessories under $50, from socks and tights to necklaces and handbags, dances in front of shoppers' eyes as the steadfast staff keep their ears to the fitting-room doors to find out exactly what customers want and their approximate resting heart rate.