About Us

Storytime is 10:30am every Wednesday & Saturday, except holidays.

The Frugal Frigate is an independent children’s bookstore located in Historic Downtown Redlands, California. A part of the community for over 31 years, the store is newly owned by Redlands local Erin Rivera (read more about her here), and we proudly offer the best in both new titles and beloved favorites of children’s literature. We have a refreshing selection of books for children and young adults (including everything from board books and picture books for the little ones to novels and classics for the older ones, plus a non-fiction room with biographies, science, math, art, and animal books). We also offer plush toys, journals, stationery, cards, a build-a-friend workshop, and all sorts of things to stir the imagination!

We also do special orders not limited to just children’s books, so if you want to support local and don’t mind waiting just a few days, we have access to hundreds of thousands of titles! Just pop in or give us a call and we’re glad to help!

The Frugal Frigate is located in the original Redlands carriage house/pony stable. Built in 1904, the bookstore’s brick walls, wooden beams and ceilings, and iconic skylight, offer visitors a look into Redlands’ rich history.

“What is a ‘Frugal Frigate?'” is one of the most common questions we get. The wonderful Katherine Thomerson, who created the store in 1988, was an Emily Dickinson fan and 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