F'ville's Book Traders end its chapter

Book Traders, a used bookstore in Fayetteville which has been open for almost 17 years, is set to close its doors June 30.

Co-owners Rosa Kurpiewski and Patricia Gadoric opened the store in 1992, after Kurpiewski had lived in Manlius for about four years. Both are now retiring and leaving the state.

"From being a reader for so long, it came naturally," Kurpiewski said of running Book Traders.

Business was never a problem for Book Traders, she said.

"We had a lot of business, because there's a market for it," she said. Paperback books are now over $9 each, and people are willing to shop used to save money. "We make a little money, they save a lot of money," Kurpiewski described it.

Book Traders is not the only used bookstore in the area. There are several on James Street in Eastwood, as well as one in Liverpool and another in Solvay.

Kurpiewski said their customers are not happy that the store is closing.

"Well, they're very upset thus far, because they (other stores) don't run it like we do. We are very lenient with the customers, we find things for them. We have older women that come in and they'll say, 'you know what I bought last time, pick me books,'" she said.

Thus, the customer service part of Book Traders will be gone with the store, but not the opportunity to buy used books, Kurpiewski said.

"The one in Solvay has very good customer service," she said.

Neither Kurpiewski nor her co-owner Gadoric had any experience in running a retail store when they opened Book Traders in 1992.

"About three weeks before we opened, the used book store that my partner and I were going to was closing. And we decided on the spur of the moment to open," Kurpiewski said. She had been a nurse for almost 25 years before opening the store, and Gadoric was a teacher.

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