Elysium Antiques, NJ

I wandered into Elysium Antiques in Somerville, NJ, while on assignment for a story, and was very impressed by the quality of the antiques at the store. While I didn’t spot any books to add to my collection (and honestly, most of the store was quite beyond my price bracket), several pieces of decadent vintage clothing did…

The Maine Bookhouse, ME

The Maine Bookhouse is a family-owned bookstore in an old pumpkin-colored house with slanted floorboards and low ceilings in Oxford, Maine. I ended up putting back ten books while tallying up my embarrassingly large order at the cash register (my boyfriend and I were the only customers in the store for an hour, so I’m hoping…

Riverbooks, ME

While heading to Vaughn Woods, a small park in Hallowell, Maine, known to locals as “Hobbit Land” for its picturesque series of stone bridges, we found this incredible bookstore that uses an honor pay system. I spent five minutes looking around the narrow store for an employee until I noticed a small sign that said:…

Old Luckett’s Store, VA

The Old Luckett’s Store in Leesburg, Virginia is the closest thing I’ve found to an amusement park for antique lovers. Started by two women who took a chance on a decrepit abandoned building in 1996, the shop constantly has new finds from estate sales, auctions and more than 35 dealers. I’ve been three times and each…