New Places Through Old Books

Books can take you on new adventures, but no one said the books have to be new.

Picture this. You’re a viking, getting ready for a battle, and you’re polishing your shield as you look out over the misty Baltic Sea. Or maybe you’re a young woman in the nineteenth century, dressing up as a man to sneak out each day and work to support your family. Now you’re sipping a nice glass of wine in Paris, now you’re running across a battlefield, now you’re attending a school for wizards, now you’re hurtling through space at over 17,000 mph.

That is the power of books. They can take you to new places, at new times, with new people. But with all the new adventures that books bring, who said the books have to be new? In fact, ask almost any book connoisseur and they will tell you there is nothing better than the smell of an old book, bound in leather with parchment pages. While leather-bound parchment is not readily available on the market, used books are. Read on for the nearest places to get your used book fix, and for a low price, too.

The Book Cellar

John Barton Payne Building, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton

On Facebook at @TheBookCellar2

Hours: Friday and Saturday,10am-5pm

The Book Cellar is run by volunteers for Friends of the Fauquier Library, and all proceeds help fund special Fauquier County Public Library programs and cultural events for children and adults. The Book Cellar carries nearly new and used books, and prices  start as low as 25¢. From fiction to nonfiction, hardcover to paperback, children to young adult, there’s something for all ages and interests to enjoy.

Treasure Box Thrift & Consignment Store

31 W Shirley Avenue, Warrenton

Hours: Monday-Saturday,10am-6pm

The Treasure Box Thrift Shop sells everything one could think of including, but not limited to, CDs, DVDs, records, household goods, furniture, clothing, jewelry, and books. The store also offers online consignment sales. This place is a one-stop shop for anything you might want, so next time you visit to pick up some of its treasures, grab a book or two, too.

The Salvation Army

62 Waterloo Street, Warrenton

Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-2pm

You can’t believe the treats you can find at The Salvation Army store in Warrenton. Furniture, notecards, lamps, artwork, toys, jewelry, and a super selection of used books for kids. Stop in and peruse the shelves. Pick up a little something for yourself and bring the kids home some super reads. The proceeds go to a good cause, so please pay them a visit.  

The Habitat for Humanity Re-Store

617 Frost Avenue, Warrenton

Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-4pm

Everyone knows that Habitat for Humanity builds houses, but did you know the organization also has a Re-Store where they sell a huge variety of donated items to the public for 50-90% off the original prices? Well, it does, and there’s a location in Warrenton that you should check out for furniture, lighting accessories, plumbing fixtures, and yes, a fabulous selection of donated and used books.

McKays Used Books

8345 Sudley Road, Manassas

Hours: Sunday 10am-8pm, Monday-Saturday 9am-10pm

For those who have never been to McKay’s Used Books, you’re really missing out. Not only does the store have hundreds of thousands of books, but it has DVDs, CDs, cassettes, LPs, video games, audio books, and more.  And you can sell things there too! McKays pays cash for certain high-demand products, but more commonly the store gives out tax-free store credit. It’s the perfect way to replace the books you sold.

Prospero’s Books

9129 Center Street, Manassas

Hours: Sunday-Friday 12pm-6pm, Saturday 11am-6pm

Prospero’s Books is a used bookstore that specializes in military and antiquarian volumes, though it does have a large inventory of fiction and nonfiction. In addition, Prospero’s sells a large selection of books online, so it’s easy to shop and ship all over the country and internationally.  If you have books you’d like to sell, please make an appointment prior to coming in. Prospero’s offers cash or store credit for those titles it purchases.

Books and Other Found Things
13 Loudoun Street SW, Leesburg

On Facebook at @BooksAndOtherFoundThings

Hours: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday 11am-6pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-7pm, Sunday 12:30-6pm

Books and Other Found Things sells a wide selection of used books and the works of more than 20 local artisans. And if Allen the proprietor doesn’t have it, he will do his best to track it down for you at a reasonable price… he loves the hunt! Stop in to look for books and leave with books, jewelry, and a nice piece of artwork or two.  This hidden gem is certainly worth checking out.

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