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Bookstore offers vintage treasures

STACKS:Turn the Page owner Rex Frederick sorts through his collection of vinyl on Tuesday at the front of the bookstore.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com

Crisp vinyl and the smell of hardback books hang in the air while a stereo turns its carrousel to play Fleetwood Mac. Stacks of cassettes that used to sit the car feel like new on the shelf, and just beyond their plastic covers are the rows of books read and loved by readers new and old.

Turn the Page has had a home in downtown Huntington for two years. The used bookstore got its start in 2016 when Rex Frederick purchased a space on Jefferson Street. He said trips to other small towns with his fiancee Renee Platt inspired him to find what Huntington was missing.

“There were always coffee shops,” he said. “But we went to Wabash and saw the bookstore there, and I thought that was a perfect fit.”

He said the owner of the bookstore said the most popular genres were thriller and science fiction novels, general fiction and romance, but he never predicted how popular children’s books would be. He said he tries to find books for all ages in the best condition and sell them for a low price.

Frederick’s love for music helped fuel his idea for Turn the Page. He knew once he’d laid the foundation with a collection of books, he could make room for what he was really passionate about.

“I love it when 18 to 25-year-olds come in here with their parents or something and pick up vinyls they love that I listened to when I was their age,” he said. “That’s just the coolest thing to me.”

Frederick was able to bond with his kids over music like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Guns N’ Roses, and the same music mixed in with classic favorites and rising modern music sits in his store’s eclectic collection.

Previously the owner of a photography studio, he said building businesses “from scratch” has taught him the value of working for someone versus owning the business yourself.

“The day is never finished,” he said. “You don’t clock out. It’s always on your mind, and I always try to make myself available.”

He spends most of his days Tuesday through Saturday among the 25,000-book collection situated down the street from the coffee shops, bakeries, cafes, antique stores and bars downtown.

“People have asked me what our audience is, and it varies,” Frederick said. “I mean, who doesn’t watch movies? Even if you don’t enjoy books there’s something here for everyone.”