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Fittingly, the past is preserved as a secondhand store relocates

To fans of previously owned books, music, and movies in Allston Village, the sight of a van filling up with the contents of Disk'overy on Brighton Avenue recently was not a good sign. A closer look, though, revealed that the 25-year-old shop was not dying, just relocating: Handwritten notices said the business was moving to Oak Square, where it reopened April 1 at 569 Washington St.

A tripling of her rent drove her to seek greener pastures, says owner and founder Yolanda Stratter, but that doesn't mean the shop will change in any other way.

''I don't think so, no," said Stratter. ''My cats are here, I'm here, everything is here."

The free-form organization of the original shop has been preserved, with offerings ranging from an FDR memoir to a pocket-size biography of NFL legend Barry Sanders to a videotape of old Ricochet Rabbit cartoons and, as always, vintage vinyl LPs.

Staffwise, two out of three seemed to be taking to the new surroundings well, with Stratter unpacking books and cat Majik holding court with customers. His female counterpart, however, was another story.

''Loquita's still hiding. She's a baby," explained Stratter as she shelved books to the strains of Ray Charles on the stereo. As for Majik, she said, ''He's cool, he's OK."

Some other things that won't change: Stratter as the house DJ (''I used to do requests for people, but I realized no, I can't do that. I am eight hours here, I have to listen to my own music.") and a refusal, on general principles, to put yesterday's bestsellers in the coveted, street-facing spots.

''I will not put it in the window [if] you paid me. It's not the money, you know. I can't do it," said Stratter.

If she has a bestseller, she has it. But lining the windows with them? ''Against my religion."


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