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Hundreds of like books in stock.
Your comments and queries are always invited.
Friday was a beautiful Fall day and we took full advantage with a trip to a huge book sale in Shelburne, Vermont,
a stop at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in,
lunch at the famous Bridge Restaurant in West Addison, Vermont,
an Autumn photo-stop at Historic Ironville, NY – Birthplace of the Electrical Age in mining and
a final stop to see the good folks (and the bison) at the Buffalo Farm in North Hudson, NY.
The Buffalo Farm is the place we stock up on their mighty fine Vermont-made corn relish and Amish-made preserves for our upcoming Snowbird trip back South.
An excellent day shared with Niki and regretfully our last weekend outing with our Summer sidekick Brother Ken.
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Maybe you can turn your hobby into an RVing small business you can take on the road with you as we have.
We took our life-long love for finding and enjoying good books and turned it into a small business we can operate quite nicely from our RV,
Every town – large or small – has a library nearby and most will have a book sale at least once each year. Most of the sales are run by volunteer “Friends of the Library” to raise funds to add new books or make needed repairs. They sell the discarded books from the library to make room for new titles. When a call goes out to the community for book donations it will be answered by donations from attics and personal bookshelves from near and far. These donations can add up to 90% of the sale offerings.
As a reader there is every possibility you can pick up last year’s blockbuster from your favorite author for as little as fifty cents or a dollar. It doesn’t take a very large stretch of your imagination to believe another fan somewhere would gladly pay twice that or more to own and read that same book.
Now take it a step farther and see that older books no longer in print (O.P.) command much higher prices – no new copies are being printed. This is where your hobby and books can meet. For instance O.P. golf books from the early pros will interest you and others if you are a golfer. The same holds true if your passion leans toward old trains, planes, automobiles, fishing or cooking for that matter. In short, whatever floats your boat surely does the same for others.
How to find the book sales, how to price your finds and how to store the books you find in your RV are topics we will take up in future posts. If this information is of interest to you be sure to let us know and also be sure to “follow” our Blog and website for more of our adventures.
Jack & Niki
More about our travels on our website at http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/ and our “Northwoods Bookshop” at http://www.northwoodsbookshop.com/. Your questions and comments are always invited and answered.
You have to watch closely for the signs along Route 8 just West of the small Adirondack Town of Chestertown.
The narrow, paved road twists and turns about 2 miles up into the mountains from the main road.
On a clear day you can see forever or at least to the Gore Mountain Ski Area some 14 road miles to the West.
You know you are getting close as you begin passing cars parked along one side of the road for at least a half mile out.
The much anticipated annual Priory of St Benedict Garage Sale draws a crowd of locals and Summer visitors from many miles around. The donated treasures are on display surrounding The Priory buildings and are huge in quantity and varied from dishes, collectibles, furniture, tools, and appliances to …
books, CD’s, movies, and collectibles by the hundreds!
The Priory of St Benedict advertises their happening to be “The World’s Largest (Private) Garage Sale”. It helps fund their mission.
“The Priory Retreat House and Conference Center welcomes all people, regardless of faith and religion. We have hosted individuals and groups since 1987. We invite you to come and find a peaceful place where you can find God, grow deeper in your spirituality, and enrich your life.”
The Priory of St Benedict is located at 135 Priory Dr, Chestertown, NY 12817
Three of our passions are seeing new places, enjoying good books, and finding great local places to have lunch (or dinner)!
One of our hobbies that allows us to do all three is finding a new “Friends of the Library” book sale to visit, and what better place than a small town in Vermont.
There are so many small communities in Vermont that bring to mind what life must be like behind a Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post magazine cover. Maybe it’s the friendly people, or maybe it’s the Town Squares surrounded by beautiful old homes, a meeting hall, and well attended Church or two. That’s exactly what we found on our recent trip to the book sale in Middletown Springs, Vermont.
Middletown Springs Library is housed in what was once an early Episcopal Church building that was donated to the Town. The building is small by big city library standards but loved and well used by the local population of book lovers.
As with most small libraries’ not having the space for tables inside, they hope for nice weather on the advertised day(s) of the sale so the tables and treasures can be set-up and displayed on the lawn outside.
We never know what we will find when we visit a sale. Sometimes there are baked goods or plants for sale as well as books. Usually there are movies and CD’s in addition to a good selection of age-appropriate books for the children to pick through.
Niki and I both usually find books we haven’t read from our favorite authors. A lot of times the books will be titles once on the library shelves but have been moved out to make space for new titles that the proceeds from each book sale will help them buy. Often upwards of 90% of the books for sale are donated by local people. That’s where “you never know what you’ll find” comes in.
When checking out and paying for our books we ask if there might be a local mom-and-pop restaurant they would recommend to have some lunch. Sure enough we were pointed “Just up the hill there is Sissy’s. You can almost see it from here, but watch closely because their sign is kind of small!”
Once again we found ourselves in for a real treat! Sissy’s encompasses everything you look for in a great lunch spot. Everything homemade with local ingredients. Fresh soups and sandwich specials everyday.
Niki chose the mushroom and fiddlehead quiche and I had the Vermont ham and egg salad sandwich. We both tried the homemade potato salad and I also tried the beef and pork chili. In addition we both had locally made root beer and ginger ale, then topped it all off with individual strawberry-rhubarb pies for dessert.
Sissy’s is not licensed as a sit-in restaurant so we enjoyed our food and the warm June day sitting on the front porch watching the World go by.
All in all a very good day trip. We visited a new part of Vermont, bought some new-to-us reading material, and found a new, favorite place to have lunch whenever we come through this area again. Want to bet we won’t find a reason to pass by this way again real soon?
On the Road with snowbirdrvtrails.com,
Jack and Niki