Beautiful Book Scouting Day – Central New York

Yesterday we rose with the larks and took a two and a half hour drive to the annual book sale on the Village Green in Clinton, New York.   Clinton is a quaint historic village in the town of Kirkland (Oneida County) not far from Utica, New York.  It is home to Hamilton College, and has lovely tree-lined streets with cute shops, and a lovely fountain in the middle of the village green.

Fountain in the village green, Clinton, NY

Fountain in the village green, Clinton, NY

College Street, Clinton, NY

College Street, Clinton, NY

Each summer the Kirkland Town Library sets up a terrific and well organized used book sale under tents on the green.  This year’s sale runs July 11-13 (Fri 11-8, Sat 10-8, Sun 10-1).

Kirkland Town Library Book Sale 2014

Kirkland Town Library Book Sale 2014

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They  offer a good selection of collectible books in their Special & Collectible book tent, which are priced individually.   We always find nice books here!

There is also a homemade pie sale at this event, with many tempting flavors.

This year, someone was offering birdhouses made from old books!

Bookish bird house

Bookish bird house

For the literary bird

For the literary bird

The weather was perfect (as it usually seems to be for this sale.)

Writing out the check!

Writing out the check!

Afterwards, just a block away, we took a break for a nice lunch and cold & spicy Bloody Marys at a sidewalk table at an old favorite of ours, Alteri’s.

A beautiful book scouting day!!

A beautiful book scouting day!!

Next, we were off to the 36th Annual BERRY HILL BOOK SALE (Friday July 11 through Monday July 14, 2014).   This shop is only a few miles from Clinton, NY at 2349 Rte. 12B, just south of Deansboro, NY.

Berry Hill Books - Deansboro, NY

Berry Hill Books – Deansboro, NY

Berry Hill is a great place to visit, even when there’s not a sale.  Thousands of old books at reasonable prices on three floors in a barn.  What more could you want??

Berry Hill Books - Deansboro, NY

Berry Hill Books – Deansboro, NY

Cars were parked all up and down the road for this ever-popular sale.  It’s a place where there is something for everyone, from reading copies to collectibles, in just about every genre.

On our way home we paid a visit to Stomping Grounds, in Geneva, NY — only about 15 minutes from our own home and book shop.   I could kick myself for not taking photos here (I promise I will on our next visit).  They have moved into new digs at 22 Castle Street, and their new location is GORGEOUS and as always, so tasteful.  Old books, lovely art, stationery, handmade jewelry and more, all artfully arranged on two spacious floors.  It is owned and operated by husband and wife, James and Bethany Haswell.   Be sure to visit them if you are in our area!

 

 

 

 

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  1. that camp fire girls book bird house made me cry – i feel the same about jewelry made from silverware…. tender hearted and sentimental…. i like to see sets reunited and books loved…. But those bird houses ARE adorable! thanks for the tour Candace

    • Candace,
      Thanks for following! So glad you enjoyed seeing the bird houses. There was some lovely silver jewelry made from silverware in Stomping Grounds in Geneva, NY — had I been taking photos while I was there, I could have made you cry twice (-:
      Cathy

  2. Thanks for the blogg, some Bee-U-ti-Full pics. Lucky kids to have so many great book stores nearby. Most of ours in bay area have closed. No barns around here. With or without books! Off books this month, swore to my long suffering wife, no more books for a month, or at least until the book bills get paid.! Cheers, John

    • Good Morning John,
      Glad to hear from you, even though you are “off the books” for a month! We are lucky to have barns and books in this region, although you have the good weather which (almost) compensates. We have lost a lot of book stores in the East, too. Sadly, it’s happening everywhere.
      Hope you and Marlene are enjoying a beautiful summer!
      Cathy


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