Sorry to hear your venture to the shop sucked, Lonnie. We had a great time at one of our favorite shops in St. Louis. They allow 5 books per person from the free table and since the family of four goes, we pretty much can pick up all our interests (as long as we share) They also have blind grab bags with 25 books for $5, so the kids head out with 30 books to get inspired by for five bucks!! Can't beat that. My daughter is showing some pretty serious illustrating skills, so we brought along some of her artwork to show to the folks who were doing drawings for people. She ended up putting a sketch into their sketchbook rather than the other way around. This year, being Cinco de Mayo, the street was closed off nearby the shop and we got to catch some mariachi and all the street vendor tacos you could stomach. good times