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It's been 25 years since Irene and Phil Ritson opened the doors to their first Recycled Reader Book Store in the Westgate Plaza.

For the past 22, the couple has been selling used books from their store at 1212 E. Market St.

Now the couple is closing the doors as they plan their retirement.

The Ritsons have been holding a sale to empty the store. Over one three-day span, the couple sold 20,000 books. They have  donated nearly 6,000 to LifePath Christian Ministries (formerly York Rescue Mission). It serves as a final contribution after providing books to the local organization for years.

All in all, the couple will sell all 60,000 or so books they have in stock.

While shopping at the store recently, Christine and Bob Forrest, of York City, filled baskets with paperback books. The couple has been shopping at Recycled Reader for years.

"We love this store. It's like coming to someone's house to root through their books," said Christine Forrest.

For the Ritsons, retirement is bittersweet.

"I'm sad," Phil Ritson told a customer as he filled paper bags with books sold for 25 cents each. But the couple is looking forward to spending more time ballroom dancing, an activity they took up after taking a 10-week class through Central York School District. Now they dance twice a week, once for lessons, once for fun.

The book sale will continue until the last book is sold. The couple also has more than 100 wooden bookcases for sale, each handmade by Phil.

The store is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Irene Ritson says those hours are "fluid," depending on weather and other factors, so it's best to call ahead to 717-848-4676 or check the store's Facebook page.

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