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A Children's Bookstore

About Us

The Frugal Frigate is an independent children’s bookstore located in Historic Downtown Redlands, CA. Locally owned, The Frigate continues to pick the freshest titles in children’s lit for more than 30 years. We’re not your typical big box, cookie cutter bookstore. The Frugal Frigate’s stage is set in the original Redlands carriage house/pony stable. Built in 1904, the bookstore’s brick walls, wooden beams and ceilings, along with the iconic skylight, offer visitors a look into Redlands’ rich history. But don’t think of us as a crusty old bookstore. We offer a refreshing selection of books, plush, sidelines, swag and all sorts of things to stir the imagination!

“What is a ‘Frugal Frigate?'” is one of the most common questions we get. The name Frugal Frigate comes from an Emily Dickinson poem:

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –

In a nutshell, books are an inexpensive journey of the imagination taking you anywhere you want to go.

Enjoy the voyage!