Finger Lakes Area Book Scouting

With most of our Christmas shopping, shipping and entertaining done, Ron and I decided to do some book scouting in our own area this past week.   We’ve shipped a lot of books and we can always use a little stock replenishment.   And a break from the book shop isn’t a bad idea, either!

One place we like to visit from time to time is Jim’s Hidden Treasures in Phelps, NY.  Jim Ebel is the proprietor and he stocks the store with a great variety of interesting curiosities.  One can find a little bit of everything here — old paintings, pottery, sea shells, ephemera and books, coins, even an old glass eye in a small leather case – ha!  There are multiple cases of vintage books, including quite a few old children’s series titles.

Jim's Hidden Treasures - Phelps, NY

Jim’s Hidden Treasures is located at 256 Main Street in Phelps, right across from the Blue Ribbon Smokehouse-Restaurant (in case you get hungry).

We  also recently visited Stomping Grounds in Geneva, New York — just about 17 miles east of us.  I mentioned this shop in one of my earlier blogs, but I had forgotten to take photos of their new location.  This time I didn’t forget!

Stomping Grounds, Geneva, NY

Located at 22 Castle Street in Geneva, the shop is lovingly operated by Bethany and James Haswell (they moved from their Exchange Street location about a year ago).  This is not exclusively a used book store either, but we love to visit here because we always find a few interesting must-have books, and enjoy talking with Beth and Jim and browsing in their lovely shop.

Bethany Haskell and Ron discussing a book purchase

They run an attractive and unique gift and book shop which also offers custom framing.  Besides interesting old books, one can also find quality hand made jewelry, art, stationery and many other pleasant surprises.

Here are some views of the beautiful main floor at Stomping Grounds:

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custom framing area

               custom framing area

and some views of the second floor…



Bethany Haskell, Stomping Grounds

Bethany also has a blog, which you can visit HERE.

I’ll be back soon with pictures and story of our book scouting visit to nearby Penn Yan, NY

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday and a healthy and prosperous New Year!

 Ron and Cathy


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