December 26, 2009
Book Heaven for Chickens!
I found a magical place where there are hundreds of thousands of books to buy for any amount from $1.00 to $20.00. Or you can even sit on any of the super comfy chairs, couches and cushions spread throughout the rows and read for hours while drinking FREE COFFEE!!! Ok, in all seriousness, this place is amazing! It’s in a little town in the middle of nowhere (which is kind of a given since it’s Maine I suppose) called Ellsworth. As you’re driving down the barren, snow-covered road, all of a sudden there’s this massive chicken barn, seemingly abandoned if not for the giant red sign on the side that says “USED BOOKS!” The first floor is mostly composed of general antiques but one sectioned off area is full of glass cases containing books from the early 1800’s on Maine history. But then upstairs, there’s epic wonderfulness!!! From the top of the stairs you can look in either direction and cannot see the wall at the end of either hallway! Along the ceiling there are huge, arrow shaped signs directing you to the different genres, which include anything from Sci-Fi, Children’s, Drama, Mathematics, Aviation, Romance, Agriculture, and just about anything else you can possibly think of. Then, randomly off to the side, is this cozy little room with several couches and chairs, stacks of books along the walls and on tables, a roaring fireplace, and freshly brewed, FREE coffee. I bought 9 books for $18.00 and they are in GREAT condition! Most of them look like they might have been read once or not at all. Oh, and did I mention they’re all hardcover? Yes several of them were $4.50… for oversized, practically new, hardcover books, complete with dust cover intact. It is just amazing; I’m still kind of in shock… I’m going to go read now :)