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Neighborhood Bookstores Featuring Good Recycled Books, Movies, And Music

Oak Cliff
Lucky Dog Books
911 W. Jefferson
Dallas, TX 75208
Phone: 214.941.2665
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10801 Garland Rd. exterior
Lucky Dog Books
10801 Garland Rd.
Dallas, TX 75218
Phone: 214.827.4860
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Mesquite exterior 2011.
Paperbacks Plus
108 E. Davis St.
Mesquite, TX 75149
[Closed Tuesdays]
Phone: 972.285.8661
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Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm
Sun: 12noon-7pm
X Tue - Mesquite

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  • History
    The bookstores known today as Paperbacks Plus and Lucky Dog Books opened in downtown Mesquite in 1974. Click here to read the beginning of a history that chronicles the early years from 1973-1984 and/or here to read a story that ran in the Mesquite News about our recent 40th anniversary event and/or here for a feature published in the Sunday, September 8, 2013, edition of The Dallas Morning News with 4 photos including the one below by Kye R. Lee taken at the Lochwood location on Garland Road.

    And another short video from the Lakewood years.

    Here is a link to the KERA 90.1 FM radio show that aired June 9, 2014, featuring several local bookstores including Lucky Dog Books.

    We've compiled a map of Dallas area bookstores past and present that you might like to check out. Let us know of others that should be added.

    Oak Cliff Location
    Needs a Boost From You!
    Help Us Pay the Rent.
    Great New Stuff Just In!

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    We need your help for the Oak Cliff bookstore immediately just as we do for the Lochwood bookstore. And we have a great new batch of books that we've just been shelving this past week with a wonderful collection of CDs coming next week.

    Although we in Oak Cliff are not moving in the next couple months as you will notice, in the article to the right, the Lochwood folks are, the move of that bookstore will affect this one even though we are remaining where we are here. But only if we can increase our day in and day out sales levels.

    The East Dallas store has always been our strongest location, and it has been subsidizing this bookstore here in Oak Cliff ever since our move last year and the slow start that we got off to. With it's own impending move, it will no longer be able to help this bookstore in that way although it will still share inventory and other services.

    So, just as the folks in the Lochwood area need to pitch in right away to help keep that bookstore open in that neighborhood, those of you in our Oak Cliff neighborhood need to do the same here so we can pay our own rent and other expenses.

    Please be aware that another way to help us reach our goals is to make use of our various gift certificates whether stocking up for actual gifts to others as the holidays approach, or as a method for helping us now while storing value for your own use later. There are links for these to the far left on this page and more information about them as well as subscriptions also.

    Buy A Bookstore?

    We've been doing this for over 40 years and are wondering if it's time to let someone else give it a try at one or all the locations? A younger couple? A neighborhood co-op? Please click here if you or someone you know may be interested in this.

    Or here to see an interesting variation that we would be glad to entertain.

    Start a cafe?

    Each bookstore has room for some sort of cafe. We'd like to find the right folks for each location to get one going. Click here to pursue this idea.

    3 WAYS TO
    GET $5 OFF

  • Start a new account for store cedit from trade-ins you bring to the bookstores
  • Sign up for our email list at one of the bookstores to receive notice of news of & events at the bookstores
  • Like us on Facebook and send us your email address for our mailing list as above.

    Lessons, concerts, and so much more.

    Ann Armstrong, Texas songbird.
    When not on the road with musical partner Steve Hughes,
    teaches beginning and advanced guitar and songwriting to students of all ages at Lucky Dog Books in Oak Cliff and Lochwood. Listen to her here or wherever you find her playing.

    Jackson Eli CD cover
    Jackson studies music at UNT in Denton, Texas, teaches students of all ages and interests at the Lochwood bookstore. Info? Text Jackson at 214.566.7828

  • — September 23, 2016 —
    Fall Update:
    Future of Lochwood location in OUR hands.

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    If you noticed the newer real estate sign that has recently been in front of the Lochwood bookstore, you need to know that we have finally been able to sell this building. Thus we will be trying to move this bookstore (and ONLY this bookstore) to a new and better location very close by here in the neighborhood.

    We have negotiated a deal for the space that we have had our eye on for the last year and have told their representative that we want to move in pending coming up with the resources to be able to sign a lease with them.

    The recent sale of the current building, at a substantial loss, only provided enough funds to pay a lot of obligations that we had accumulated in the last few years since moving to this neighborhood and opening the bookstore in Oak Cliff. We did not walk away with any cash with which to make this move to a new location.

    So the future of the bookstore in this neighborhood depends on our sales in the next couple weeks. We need to first raise the money to sign the lease on the new space before we lose it to someone else. And then we need to make enough more to pay for the expenses of the actual move itself and getting established in the new location which is only a couple blocks from where we are now.

    Thus we need your help in not only shopping now, but in also spreading the word to your family, friends and neighbors so that they will know that the bookstore being able to stay in this neighborhood is at stake, and that we need a very tangible demonstration of the need and desire for it to remain.

    As mentioned in the previous article about helping the Oak Cliff bookstore finally get over the hump there, please be aware that another way to help us reach our goals at this bookstore as well is to make use of our various gift certificates whether stocking up for actual gifts to others as the holidays approach, or as a method for helping us now while storing value for your own use later. There are links for these to the far left on this page and more information about them as well as subscriptions also.

    Many of you have already signed up to volunteer to help with a move, and our hearts are warmed by your willingness to participate in a direct way in a large project like this. We will contact each of you as see how this is shaking out to let you know about opportunities to pitch in. For others who would like to help out, there is a sign up sheet at the check out counter at the bookstore, or you can email me as below.

    If you have further questions about any of this, I will be happy to try to answer them for you if you will email me at john@luckydogbooks.com with the word “bookstore” in the subject line.


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    Younger readers are very important to the bookstores. We want to encourage you to encourage them to read. So keep us in mind as a pretty inexpensive, quieter than average place to spend some time with your child, grandchild, niece or nephew.

    Has Moved To
    Cedar Crest House at 2223 W. Jefferson

    This craft activity and book talk for girls in grades 2 - 5 is a great format. The goal is to help girls become lifetime readers. A facilitator guides discussions with each girl presenting on whatever book she's reading at the time.

    We were happy to have them at the old location and wish them well at their new home which they started using during our move. Here is their contact info if you need to reach them: Email
    Ofelia Faz-Garza.

    Please note that we here at Lucky Dog Books would love for others to emulate this format for book clubs at any of our locations for adults or children. We think that it makes for a more relaxed and informative experience since everyone isn't having to find the same book and read it on a deadline everytime rather than just showing up and telling about what each has been reading so that everyone knows about more books that might be of interest.


    We still use good old fashioned paper gift certificates here at the bookstores which provide some advantages over the new fangled gift cards.

    These gift certificates can be personalized right on them. Their layout includes a log of their usage so that it is always clear what the remaining balance is. And the store locations are shown on them so that your recipient doesn't have to look them up.

    Click the links above to get more details and even purchase some online if you prefer.


    Please be aware that you can give a reader in your life a monthly subscription to the bookstores that will provide them with the number of $5 off Mini-Gift Certificates that fits your budget. And you'll only pay for it each month as it happens through Paypal with the ability to cancel anytime.

    Or consider subscribing to the bookstores today as a way of expressing your committment to their future while enjoying the full value of your participation through the monthly receipt of our Mini-Gift Certificates.


    These are a great way to help the bookstores and get a payback in the process.

    Check out the details of how they work and some suggestions for how they may be used at this link.

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  • Other Languages

    Also, many new, used, and out-of-print titles by local writers.


    DVD, VHS, Laser...


    CDs, LPs, 45s, 78s...
    Ask us about new CDs recorded live at Poor David's Pub and elsewhere by local musicians.

    DART Schedules

    We think there are a lot of opportunities for us to work together to benefit neighborhood schools and their students. Here is link to some ideas about this. Please feel free to contact us if you think of other ways we might be helpful.

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