Welcome to Ol’ Curiosities & Book Shoppe. Won’t you come in and stay a while?
Whether you’re visiting us online or in person, Ol’ Curiosities is dedicated to serving you with friendly, small-town hospitality and exceptional service.
Our brick-and-mortar Shoppe is conveniently located in the heart of Monroeville, Alabama – the hometown of two literary greats: Harper Lee and Truman Capote. Last year, our Shoppe drew international attention with the much anticipated release of Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s follow up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, To Kill a Mockingbird. If you’re a fan, be sure to pick up our signature, special edition copy of the book from the very town where Ms. Lee still resides today.
Since opening our doors in May of 2012, we’ve been welcoming book lovers into our quaint, old-house-turned-bookshop with its charming selection of new and used books, antique furniture, unique gifts and more. As fellow book lovers, we’ve created the type of place where you can sink into a comfortable chair and get lost for hours inside the pages of your favorite books.
Our online customers are just as important to us, and that’s why we take care to hand wrap and stamp each and every box that leaves our Shoppe. Your personalized package may also include a few other little surprises as our thank you for shopping with Ol’ Curiosities and Book Shoppe!
Please visit us often, as we are working hard to add more books to the site on a daily basis. We also have plans to make some of these books available with author-signed book plates tucked inside as an extra special touch.
If you are looking for something specific, and don’t see it on our website or in our Shoppe, please let us know. We’ll do our very best to find it for youThank you for supporting Ol’ Curiosities & Book Shoppe,
Spencer Madrie and Ann MoteOl' Curiosities and Book ShoppeOur Business: A History in Brief
Ol' Curiosities and Book Shoppe all began with owner Spencer Madrie's love of books. The idea of owning a book store was something that had been brewing in Spencer's mind for quite some time. It has always been hard for him to pass by a thrift store, a flea market, or library without wanting to go in and see what he could find.
However, Spencer had recently started college, and he didn't have the time or the ambition needed to start a store. At that point, he was just happy to continue collecting books.
Then, in 2012, Spencer's mom, Ann Mote, had trouble finding a job with the economy being in the state it was in. Ann tried working at a temp service, but the temp service couldn’t offer enough stability and the work was too far from home to be profitable.
Spencer and Ann tossed around some ideas… and at last, they came up with the idea of opening a business. Since Ann had run a few small shops before, and Spencer was really fond of the idea, they decided that entrepreneurship was the right direction to head. Deciding on the type of business they would run was quite easy -- Spencer had a storage unit full of old books, and Ann had the time to open and manage the Shoppe.
…and that's how Ol' Curiosities and Book Shoppe was born.
The physical storefront opened in May of 2012, and an Etsy store also opened at that time. Since opening, Ol' Curiosities and Book Shoppe has been able to move from the original store location to a new and larger location. Kristen Chandler, was also added to the team as the company’s office manager and helps Ann oversee the day-to-day activities of the Shoppe.
In their spare time, Spencer, Kristen and Ann like to spend time with their families, read, and hit up estate sales and thrift stores looking for new "old" books.
"Here at Ol' Curiosities we love books, and there is no greater joy for us than finding homes for our books with our beloved customers. Thank you so much for stopping by our page, and reading our story. We would not be where we are today if it weren’t for you, our wonderful customers.”
-Spencer, Ann, and Kristen
OUR TEAMSpencerMy name is Spencer Madrie-- and to some it would seem I have a book fetish--but in my eyes I see it as a intense love for books. I am the owner of the Shoppe. Ann Hi there! I have studied business at Gadsden Business College and managed several small businesses. I am Spencer's Mom and currently oversee the everyday activities of the Shoppe. Kristen Hi, I'm Kristen! I'm a mom of 3 and a self-proclaimed book nerd. I love to read books, collect them, and sometimes just look at them! I do a lot of things here at the Shoppe, but the thing I love best about my job is being surrounded by books!