Piano in the window at borderlanads
At Borderlands. Photo by Jay Martin.

Borderlands has moved its books to Haight Street and into a building Alan Beatts, the owner, purchased for the bookstore. Left behind was an assortment of furniture, some serious woodworking tools, and some surprises, like a small piano.

Beatts was at 866 Valencia St. on Thursday afternoon for the first day of a moving sale.

One person, stepping in for a look, remembered when the store was Engdahl’s Paint and Unfinished Furniture in the 1970s and earlier. She said someone in that old store played an accordion.

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  1. Photo has an eerie, almost spectral quality. Makes me imagine walking past the empty store late at night and hearing the faint sounds of a piano— and an accordion! I like it!