Bookshop Visit//The Book Barn


My sister and I took a day off recently and went to The Book Barn in Niantic, CT. We spent hours browsing in their three locations and we bought way too many books. We easily could have bought so many more and I am already thinking about going back. The main section of The Book Barn is a collection of buildings and outdoor shelving. There are also two smaller bookstores, one right next door and one further downtown. They are in the midst of consolidating from four bookstores to three so what genres are in each location could change but for now, the downtown store has religion, philosophy, cooking, gardening and children's books. The store next to the main location has romance and mysteries with a smattering of other subjects and the main location has a grand mix of everything else.



There were books everywhere. Just when we thought we had looked at it all we would find another section. Many of the older books were only $1.00 each and, since older books are what we mainly look for, this was perfect.




There are also bookshop cats. One of the locations had a leaflet with photos and descriptions of each cat and where they can usually be found. We only saw a few but it definitely added to the charm.



The people who work in the different locations were extremely friendly. We asked for restaurant recommendations and they suggested a Tex-Mex restaurant next door which was very good. The buffalo chicken nachos were especially nice.


My sister and I both have a weakness for old-fashioned romantic suspense so we were thrilled to find the "castles, coaches, and windswept moors" section. A lot of these older books are practically impossible to find in the library anymore and they are perfect escapist fiction.

So, what did we buy? As I said, way too many books. I bought 32 and my sister bought 49. We could have easily doubled those numbers and neither of us spent a huge amount of money. I think the most expensive book either of us bought was $6.00 and most were $1.00. This post is way too photo heavy but I am going to show you all 32 books anyway.









I did already own the book about Jane Austen and City Room is for my dad. My sister sent me a photo of all her purchases. Here it is.


If you are ever in Connecticut then visit The Book Barn. You too can buy way too many books, eat Tex-Mex food and hopefully, go for a walk on the shore. Our walk was rained out but that just provides an excuse for us to go back. And finally here is one more photo because any bookstore that provides wagons for you to cart around your purchases understands its customer base.


The Book Barn
41 W. Main St.
Niantic, CT 06357

6 comments

  1. Great pictures. I loved my visit to the Book Barn last year.

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    1. I remembered you had been not that long ago. I am glad I finally made it again. It has been years since I have been there.

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  2. DROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL. I wish I'd known this place existed when I lived in CT.

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    1. If you ever make it back to CT you will definitely need to go. There are not a lot of independent bookstores around but this makes up for it a bit.

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  3. I can't imagine what would ever take me to Connecticut again, but if I ever go, this place will be necessary. Hades, where the paperbacks are out of order. And I LOVE that you include so many photos. This post needed them.

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  4. What a fantastic place and wonderful hauls you both got. I'm frankly jealous!

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