The earliest known recycling took place in ancient Mesopotamia, where eco-conscious citizens would often re-use discarded sandals as greeting cards or stack them into ziggurats. Indulge your modern recycling spirit with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of recycled media at Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, the bookstore that's become a community institution with more than 114,000 square feet of used books, music, video games, and more at three Tucson locations. Today's Groupon can be used in combination with trade-ins and, like a gift card, can be used for multiple transactions.
Though it began as a used bookstore 30 years ago when Bob Schlesinger bought the place from his dad for $1, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange has grown into a massive media clearinghouse. Bookmans gets its inventory from its customers, relieving them of CDs, comic books, video games and systems, musical instruments, and any other media that might be potential deal-breakers when bringing a tipsy Martha Stewart back to one's place. Find a copy of the Necronomicon to replace the one you left at the beach, revive your quixotic childhood dream of getting past level 3 in Battletoads, or remind yourself why you sold your ukulele jam band box set in the first place. Bookmans offers cash or store credit for those items and typically sells them for about half their original retail value—providing an incredible value for eco-conscious consumers who want to cut waste and avoid encouraging production of new DVDs of Battlefield Earth with their ironic purchase.
Unlike the Jamaican Bobsledding Hall of Fame, one trip to Bookmans is hardly enough time to see everything. Stay on top of its ever-shifting stock with frequent browsing binges through the endless rows of media, which are wrapped around cozy reading nooks and patrolled by Bookmans' amiable guides. Bookmans is pet friendly, so feel free to bring your tamed chupacabra, as long as it's been de-suckered, and check out the events calendar for readings, kids' activities, and other community gatherings.