Niantic Book Barn
Excerpts from Kristy:
Niantic Book Barn was like stumbling across a diamond on the
beach. We had read about the endless buildings and menagerie
of nooks and crannies holding used books on everything imaginable,
but seeing is completely different than reading.
The Book Barn is easy to drive past and never give a second
thought to. It's a giant barn alongside the road. In
fact, we drove right by it on our first pass. But pulling
into the parking lot, you start to get the flavor of the place,
with stands set-up to collect your books much like the lemonade
stand you had as a kid.
Books are piled on tables with rolling wheels and set up
under tents that look like they will blow down with the lightest
wind. But there they are books: upon books upon books on every
journeyed in and found their home away from home, “The
Underworld.” Not the least bit intimidated by the sign
“The Underworld – Hot in the summer, Cold in the
Winter, when it rains the river Styx runs through it and the
paperbacks are not in alphabetical order. Welcome to Hades.”
And thus, we were in the travel section. Twelve Curiosities
books later and our bags many pounds heavier., we wound through
the barns, outhouse (not in use as a toilet anymore!), buildings
and sheds filled with books.
The clerk told us that people travel from all over the world
to buy books here. It began in the basement of the original
barn, which was owned by an Antiques dealer and grew into
the gigantic mega-bookstore that it is now. This place is
every bibliophile's dream.