What story will your next find unfold?
Maichina Veri, October 28, 2022 // Brantford, OntarioThe familiar sign of The Brantford Bookworm at 331 Brant Ave. Staff photo.
There is a certain charm to used bookstores, and a magic in the books themselves. Pre-loved books have made an incredible journey, some coming to you barely touched, others riddled with studious or passionate margin notes. The serendipitous find of the perfect book companion is an amazing experience. In this B-List, we invite you to browse some of the area’s used bookstores. You never know what you will find!
331 Brant Ave., Brantford – Open Tuesday-Saturday
For over 40 years, The Brantford Bookworm has been a locally owned and operated staple in our community. Not only does this store have a wide variety of books, including its very own Family Room selection, but you can find books by local authors as well. If you have some quality books you’re looking to offload, The Brantford Bookworm will purchase your reads for a percentage of the cover price offering store credit in return.
121 Grand River St. N., Paris – Open Tuesday-Sunday
Boasting over 5000 titles in various genres, Dog-Eared Café has curated a collection of fine pre-loved books. This artsy café will also purchase your next-to-new books in exchange for a stamp representing a $2 value as part of their Dog-Eared Loyalty Club. The value of the stamps collected can be used toward purchase of books on their shelves. While you’re there, try one of their delightful lattes as well.
One of several walls of books at the cozy and artsy Dog-Eared Cafe. Staff photo.
47 Grand River St. N., Paris – Open Tuesday-Sunday
Green Heron Books invites you to a treasure hunt! This bookstore has been selling both new and top-condition used books since 2002. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, they offer to help locate out-of-print books as well as fill special orders. They also carry other items such as candles, puzzles and fair-trade coffee and teas. Green Heron Books is a one-stop shop for your literary needs.
595 West St., Brantford – Open all week
This well-known thrift store also carries a fair selection of used books. While searching for your next best find, whether in clothing, small furniture, games or housewares, swing by the book section to discover what the store has to offer for literature. You never know what you’ll find among the donations at your local Value Village!
A selection of works by local authors at The Brantford Bookworm. Staff photo.
We would also like to mention the Brantford Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) once-a-year book sale which takes place in the spring, held in support of the BSO to keep music alive.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maichina Veri is a writer based in Brantford, Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Montreal’s Concordia University and has a background in Journalism – Print from Niagara College.