The Bohemian Book Bin
The Bohemian Book Bin, now owned by Linda Harrington and recently relocated, also has a long history in town. For 27 years the family-owned business, once called Annie’s Book Shop and later the Hudson Valley Book Stop, has served the community in various locations as a book recycling center. Harrington compares her eclectic selection – very organized and alphabetized – to the Strand in New York City; that’s 35 different sections crammed into a not-very-huge space.
Her formula for taking in used books and reselling them at half the cover price gives customers strong motivation to recycle their books here. “I believe in over-the-top customer service. I’ve offered to deliver to hospitals. If people come in and can’t get to the books, I’ll lay on the floor and reach them for people.” Pre-owned silver jewelry, cards and other odds and ends round out the merchandise at the Bohemian Book Bin.
Bohemian Book Bin, 592 Ulster Avenue, Kingston; (845) 336-6450, https://bohemianbookbin.com.
When Jim Barner, founder of Barner Books in New Paltz, passed on a few years back, his partner David Friedman took the helm of the store that has offered shoppers used books and unique gifts for 25 years. It continues to sell primarily used books, with new titles being brought in when in high demand. Friedman and store manager Abby Chance like nothing more than greeting customers and talking books: the classics, philosophy, social sciences, art, books written by local authors and small-press titles – an eccentric mix of everything, including antique typewriters. They are also very proud of their selection of handmade journals, custom-designed and imported from India.
Barner Books, 3 Church Street, New Paltz; (845) 255-2635, www.bibliotique.us.