Located in the historic gold mining town of Columbia, California, the Columbia Booksellers & Variety Store offers a unique shopping experience for merchandise that one might find available during the peak of the gold rush period between 1850-1870.
Entering the original brick store, built in 1854, is like stepping back in time with storekeepers dressed in period attire, hardwood floors creaking beneath your feet, and the warm glow of original lighting fixtures. You will delight in our large selection of books, toys, accouterments, musical instruments, replicas, collectibles, novelties, crafts, art, and souvenirs at attractive prices. Spend a few minutes or a few hours perusing our goods, including a selection of Chinese and Native American items, and you’re sure to find something unique to bring home with you to remember your visit to Columbia.
Afterward, be sure to take a ride on the stagecoach, but secure your valuables as there have been reports of robbers on the old stage road. Try your luck panning for gold. Appeal to your creative side by making some candles. Stop in at the blacksmith shop to see a working forge and pick up your lucky horseshoe. Satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade fudge or ice cream at the candy shops. Examine the museum and interpretive displays throughout the park that tell the story of Columbia’s rich gold mining history, or take a guided tour with a knowledgeable docent. Don't miss the unique shops around town, and then fill your appetite with several delicious dining choices. There’s plenty to see and do in Columbia State Historic Park, and we look forward to welcoming you soon!
A Unique Shopping Experience
Whether you're a history buff, collector, musician, re-enactor, or a curious patron, you'll enjoy exploring our store which is filled with an assortment of unique books, toys, accouterments, musical instruments, replicas, collectibles, novelties, crafts, art, and souvenirs. Online shopping is coming soon!
Large selection of books with particular focus on California history and the gold rush period.
Marbles, jacks, spinning tops, pick-up sticks, Jacobs Ladders, Bilbo catchers, stick horses, and much more.
Knives, tinware, cookware, canteens, lanterns, quills, reticules, parasols, fans, brooches, shawls, and aprons.
Fiddles, banjos, mandolins, guitars, tin whistles, bodhrans, accessories.
Replicas & Collectibles
Pistols, rifles, swords, badges, coins and currency.
Unique 19th century décor for the home and office.
Various hand-made crafts with a large selection by local artisans.
Photography, lithographs, and paintings featuring Columbia and Jamestown.
Meet the Proprietors
Michael and Rosanna Sharps are the proprietors of the new Columbia Booksellers & Variety Store which opened on April 20, 2019. After years of Civil War reenacting and renaissance fairs, it seems only fitting to be dressing up in period attire every day and operating a store that is filled with all of the things that align with our interests and hobbies. Rosanna is a creative and talented seamstress, crafter, and author who is writing the third book of her historical fiction series, "Golden Harvest," which will hit the store shelves in the latter half of 2019. Michael is a web developer and photographer and has several framed canvas prints of his work featured and available at the store. Please drop in and say "hello," we look forward to seeing you soon!