Recently, I made a vow that I would not buy a new book until I have read all of the books that can be found in my personal library.
Recently, I also took a mini road trip to Connecticut because that is the hot spot for spring break. While there, I visited Old Mystic Village that contained a few variety stores, one of which was a kite shop. As this was a small shop, and Connecticut, the man behind the counter was rather friendly.
In the midst of the conversation that he started with my brothers and I, the man asked us if we were the type of people who still liked books. Still liked books, as if I would associate with anyone who stopped liking them. He then informed me of this store called Book Barn that sells used books and serves cheez-its and coffee while you shop. He said the last two as if I needed them as incentives to visit the store.
This was heaven for my bookworm/vintage lover self. Among caddies of dollar books, there is a chess table, a basketball hoop, a fairy garden, a children’s playground, and even goats! The house seen all the way in the back held fiction books.
The main shop was essentially a barn that held children’s literature, teen fiction, history books, and so much more. There was even a cat inside! And cheez-its along with a coffee machine and plenty of coffee mugs. Needless to say, I found myself spending a good amount of time here and constantly wishing that this was located in New York. The ability to sell your books and then buy books at such a bargain along with such aesthetics was a dream come true.
However, I am very proud to say that I did not buy a single book, even though all I wanted to do was throw my money at every employee I saw.
If you are a book lover and are ever in Connecticut, I highly recommend this place. Yet, I would advise to visit this location (as there are multiple ones). I first arrived to the Downtown location and thought that the kite man set me up because all I found were theology books, car manuals, humor, and DVDs. It was a tad small and nothing like the midtown location. I suppose it depends what books you are interested in though.
However, if you are someone with incredibly low will-power when it comes to buying books, or you are attempting to maintain a vow that you publicized, it can be a bittersweet experience.