Back in Santa Monica...we visit the Equator Bookstore off of Abbot Kinney Boulevard. If there was a street you'd describe as 'tucked away' this would be it. A small strip of boutiques, with nary a Starbucks in sight, a childrens international school nearby and enough beach town vibe to want to make you hop on a bike in a bikini. Here's where I meet for a book swap.
What's important about this particular bookstore is that it sells rare and collectible tomes, signed pieces, artwork and vinyls (if you remember what those are). Autographed books can vary on cost and value, but when you find your favorite book, signed by your favorite author, it can be very sweet. The only objection I have to this experience is the artwork sold in the store. $150 to $300 for a piece of paper that says 'Bestsellher' is asking a little too much.