Randall Sellers moved to Jim Thorpe from Philadelphia fueled by his attraction for the area, and a lifelong love of books. So in opening Sellers Books and Art, at 101 Broadway (a half-block from the Opera House) he has added something to the town’s business district that was needed, and something that many people now enjoy – a bookstore.
But it’s not a typical bookstore.
For one thing, the store also features his drawings, for which he is recognized widely, with some of his work on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.
“I hand-select my books,” Sellers noted recently. “I weed out the moldy-oldies. The idea is present eclectic fiction and non-fiction.”
“I sold books in Philly and before that in Wellfleet out on Cape Cod. Beyond that, I just grew up constantly reading and buying – I cut my teeth on the books trade.”
As I walk into the store, Sellers is rearranging things. “I’m changing things up a bit, and re-emphasizing my gallery space,” he says, referring to his vivid miniature drawings.
He also carries vintage films that you can rent for a buck. “My vision is art films, classics and foreign films, along with documentaries – things you won’t find in a Red Box or a Blockbuster.”
How’s business? “It’s growing. I love it here, it’s always an adventure. Tell people to stop in!” I definitely will.