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Literary Treasure Hoards, or AKA, Used Bookstores

A treasure hoard is a hidden cache of jewels, coins, or other valuables. To me, bookstores and libraries are full of treasures–books, both older and newer. Although used bookstores are not hidden, they are often overlooked.

I love used bookstores. When I purge my bookshelves, I sell what I can at a couple local used bookstores. While the employees decide what they’ll buy, I browse the shelves and often buy more books.

At used bookstores, sometimes I find newer books, but I also find classics and wonderful older books. Sometimes I find books helpful for historical research.

Part of the fun is that I never know what I’ll find. It’s a treasure hunt for me.


Photo by Bruce Watley

A few weeks ago, I posted about a recent visit to Colonial Williamsburg. There is a used bookstore there–Mermaid Books. At that visit we arrived after the store closed, so I only scored a photo.

But, several years ago, I was able to shop at Mermaid Books. I discovered a couple old treasures I didn’t know existed.


Photo by Deb Watley

For more information about Mermaid Books, see http://www.mermaidbookswilliamsburg.com.

This is the first installment in a series about literary treasure hoards/used bookstores I visit.

Do you shop at used bookstores? If so, please tell me about them!

Historical Place: Colonial Williamsburg


A street in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia–Photos by Deb and Bruce Watley

I was in Virginia last weekend for my husband’s graduation. The festivities included visiting some friends’ home in Williamsburg for fun, as well as an academic meeting.

But one day we were able to squeeze in a couple short visits to Colonial Williamsburg.

We’d been to Colonial Williamsburg several years ago and saw lots of the interpreters at work in various colonial occupations and the inside of a number of the historical buildings. So, I survived not getting to see everything this time.

That’s part of the beauty of Colonial Williamsburg. You don’t have to do a tour or spend a whole day there to benefit.


You need to buy a pass or tickets to get into the buildings, such as the printer’s or the milliner’s shop, and interact with the interpreters there. But, there are certain places, such as a pub or a garden, where the general public is welcome. And there are interpreters, that ride horses or stroll up and down the street, who interact with visitors.


A few streets are open to cars, but most are only accessible by walkers, runners, and bicyclists–and without an entrance fee. There is also a commercial area on one end of the little community that boasts restaurants, book stores, ice cream shops, mall-type clothing stores, and cheese and candy stores, etc.


On this visit, we hit up some of the shops and strolled down part of the main road. The thing that I really noticed this trip was how beautiful the gardens were, especially since they are about a month ahead of our gardens in the upper Midwest.




Have you visited Colonial Williamsburg or another living history-type place/monument/museum? What is your favorite thing about visiting historical sites?