Merchandise

06 Sep

Art Supplies Put to the Test!

The plan was simple: purchase the pens and colored pencils I pined for. Grab tons of bags. Make those bags beautiful. Sneak them back into the bag supply. Watch the fun. Here’s how it all went down.


17 Aug

Pokémon Games Ranked Worst to Best

Pokémon is one of the most iconic video games of all time. First launched in Japan in 1996, this role-playing video game quickly spread worldwide. Game Freak and The Pokémon Company made sure to include a Pokémon game for every Nintendo-based console. For 20+ years Pokémon continued to grow. Now, with 802 Pokémon and over 100 games, it’s hard to decide which ones are the best (but I’m gonna try anyway)!

07 Aug

7 Genius Ways to Make Reluctant Readers Love Reading

It is every parent’s dream that their child will one day devour books like they do candy. Reading can be one of the most magical gifts a child can get, but in this day and age many children would rather sit at watch television or play a video game instead. So how do you encourage your child to pick up good ol’ Harry Potter and enjoy it too? First, we need to take a look at what is stopping your child from enjoying books.

Father and two children reading in a blanket fort with twinkling lights

31 Jul

25 Tips and Tricks for Dungeons and Dragons Players: Part One

Wow – there’s been a lot of love for Dungeons and Dragons at Bookmans lately. People are picking up the Lost Mine of Phandelver starter set, dice, and game books in droves. There’s no better time to impart some wisdom for newbies from a veteran player! Hopefully, these will help you navigate the world of D&D and bring a new level of adventure to your game nights!

19 Jul

The Crime and Punishment of Classic Literature

Face it! Classic literature is intimidating. From the lengthy words to the old-fashioned ways of thinking, books written before the 21st century have this stigma of dryness and intelligence that feels beyond our own. You are not going to like every single book you read. And anyway, why should you bother with classic literature in this day and age?

Classic Literature

13 Jun

Journals: A Love Affair

There’s something magical about a crisp clean blank book with a badass cover… Bookmans, the purveyor of fine readables and cool knickknacks, is no slouch brand new journal department. They include themed foiled notebooks, classy leather bounds, bright sketchbooks, gorgeous Decomposition books, and more. There’s a design for everyone, from sleek guitars to ballerinas to fantasy art. One of my favorite things to do while working at Bookmans is eyeing those beautiful embossed covers and foiled colors – they make the books almost glow! If you’ve been bitten by the journaling bug or are looking for the perfect gift for someone special, you just can’t beat a journal. Let me tell you why.

Journals side by side on a desk

10 May

A Beginner’s Guide to Vinyl

Over the past few years, vinyl records have made a comeback in a big, big way. More and more music enthusiasts are heading to their local record stores to discover or collect music. There are a lot of reasons why vinyl has made a resurgence in recent years, and if you are just starting to create your own vinyl collection, you’ll want to know all about how to pick and choose records – and what else you need to make them play beautiful music.

Flagstaff Vinyl 2

09 May

Tales From a VHS Tape

Days of going to the video store to rent movies have long been a thing of the past. Movie chains and mom-and-pop shops have all but evaporated, replaced by rental kiosks and streaming platforms. While it is fairly easy to track down what you want to see with a little internet savvy, what do you do when there is no watchable digital version? More importantly, what do you do if your celluloid obsession was never even digitized? It’s a scary thought, I know.

Stack of VHS tapes and a lava lamp surrounding a television set with Tales from the Crypt playing on it

29 Apr

The Best Star Wars Merch for Millennial Kids

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Star Wars: A 7.5-billion-dollar franchise. Since 1977, Star Wars has ruled the galaxy. With books, toys, novelties, video games, tv series, and of course the movies, Star Wars has inspired millions. Here is a list of some of the coolest Star Wars Merch from my childhood.

Star Wars Logo that reads "Star Wars the Best Of..." in yellow on a black background

26 Mar

Top Ten Magical Harry Potter Facts You May Not Know

You know Harry Potter. You know that we know Harry Potter. Throughout the years, the characters, stories, and magical worlds of Harry Potter have permeated nearly every facet of our culture. For all that we collectively know about the extended Harry Potter universe, there is still so much to learn – like these 10 magical facts!

Harry Potter cast with "Top Ten Magical Harry Potter Facts" written on it

05 Mar

Treasure Hunting: An Interview with Artist Taylor Graves

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For local Southern Arizona artist Taylor Graves, that old saying could not be truer. With the right materials and a little imagination, a “piece of junk” becomes a work of art. Let’s get to know a bit more about one of Bookmans’ most popular local artists.

Bookmans Interviews artist Taylor Graves image of microphone interview with reporter

22 Feb

How I Met Your Mother Steals My Heart – Until the Last Episode

How I Met Your Mother, or HIMYM for short, has been my all-time favorite show to watch since it aired. I’ve re-watched it at least 10 times. To me, this show is perfect. It’s comedic, light-hearted, and you don’t necessarily have to watch the episodes in order to know what’s going on. It’s the best sitcom for when you just need a good laugh and want to unwind. It was so easy to emotionally attach yourself to the characters because their lives were relatable. It’s that connection with the show that makes the last episode hard to watch – even 4 years later.

16 Feb

American Horror Story Seasons Ranked Worst to Best

I love American Horror Story. This show is filled with heart-wrenching scenes of murder, love stories, dark humor, and so much more. The acting from every character is phenomenal. You can really tell each actor/actress put their all into the show. Every season of AHS is packed with hidden motifs, metaphors, and messages and that is what makes this show so fantastic. But there are some parts of each season that just did not sit well with me. Without further ado, here is my take on all the seasons of American Horror Story, ranked from worst to best.

05 Feb

Indulge in the Divine: Tarot Recommendations

Tarot reading has been around for centuries and from the look of it, will be around for many years to come. With thousands of tarot decks to choose from, looking for the perfect one can be a struggle that all mystics face. From color choices to the weight of the cards to illustration and design, sometimes decks just don’t feel like the right ones for you. Don’t fret – Bookmans is here to help! We offer a wide selection of decks for all experience levels. Here are my top four favorite tarot decks that I’ve encountered at my Bookmans store.

Tarot Card deck with book and two piles of cards

17 Jan

Why Telestrations is the Best Party Game

If you haven’t heard of Telestrations before, you’re definitely in for a treat! Hands down, this is the most fun party game out there. It’s one of those games that has everybody laughing and you don’t need a certain type of humor or personality to like this game – which is rare nowadays.

Photo of Telestrations board game box

29 Dec

Bookmans Northwest: Best of 2017

Bookmans has always been your store to explore! As you know, we’re not your average bookstore or ordinary video game trade stop. Our orange shelves hold everything from movies to music to electronics to instruments, *BIG BREATH* jewelry, more books, magazines, toys, collectibles, and housewares… basically, we have a bit of just about everything! And just like our merchandise, our staff is as diverse as our store. To help Bookmans NW say goodbye to this year, we asked some of our employees to tell us their favorite books, video games, albums, movies, and instruments that came our way in 2017.

26 Dec

Lady Gaga: Top 3 Music Videos

Lady Gaga is one of those artists who always has people talking. She’s shown up in the media for her crazy costumes, insane music videos, and much more. It seems that Mother Monster herself has seemingly been keeping low on the radar. And when I say low, I mean not on the news every 5 minutes for her outrageous stunts but is still so famous that she performed at last year’s Super Bowl.

21 Dec

Last Minute Gifts For The Last Minute Shopper

It’s two days before the Christmas and unfortunately, you are nowhere near finished shopping for your loved ones. Maybe last minute is where you shine or maybe you have some really difficult folks to shop for. Whatever the reason for your procrastination, Bookmans is here to help you find those last minute gifts! We’ve got everything you need to litter that tree with gifts galore, from hard to find gaming systems to great literary finds for the bibliophile in your life. The following is just a few suggestions for last minute gift giving.

08 Dec

Bookmans Recommends: Nintendo Classics

Bookmans is obsessed with all things Nintendo. Classic games like Super Mario Bros., Legend of Zelda, and the ever loved Pokemon franchise… we could talk about those for hours! Since the release of the Nintendo Switch, we are all buzzing with excitement – and a bit of nostalgia too. Every time a new console is released, our minds go straight to the memories we made playing the Nintendo games that were such a big part of our childhoods. For most of us, Nintendo games were a comfort and a friend; an escape from the long days at school or how we made and grew friendships. With that in mind, let’s take a moment to geek out and reminisce about the best of Nintendo franchises.

Nintendo Switch console with Pokemon, Yoshi, and Mario Amiibo figures. A Zelda game is shown on the Switch screen.

29 Nov

4 Very Good Reasons to Trade at Bookmans

It is not uncommon for people new to Bookmans to have a “wow” experience when they come through the door. Who wouldn’t with all the incredible items the local community stocks our stores with? Way more than shelves jam-packed with books of all kinds, Bookmans trade includes vinyl records, musical instruments, movies, video games, home goods, collectibles, and gift items. Since you never know what you’re going to find, every visit is like a treasure hunt.

The only thing that makes scouring shelf after orange shelf all the more enjoyable is having a Bookmans trade slip in your pocket. What is it about that little yellow trade slip that makes shopping so much more exciting?  

books, Batman comic book, and Bookmans trade slip on wooden desktop

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