Secondhand Prose

Secondhand Prose sells quality used books at 1222 Main Street in St. Johnsbury, VT. The shop opened in October 2006 as a fundraising effort by the Friends of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, on behalf of the library and art gallery across the road in that historic and lovely structure.

Staffed by dedicated volunteers, Secondhand Prose welcomes the books that neighbors and visitors donate. Raising support for the Athenaeum through selling these books is our entire mission.

Hours of Operation

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 11AM to 3PM

Wednesdays from 1PM to 5PM

Friday 11AM to 5PM

On the Shelves

Make your dollars stretch at Secondhand Prose.  Most books sell for at least 90% off the original retail price.  The collection changes regularly with new fiction and non-fiction arriving daily!  Watch for upcoming holiday specials.  In addition to many 'like-new" quality used books, Secondhand Prose offers earth-friendly canvas totes and the newest addition to the Friends Pewter Ornament collection.

September Book Sale

All books in the store will be 50% off, as will CD's, tapes, and puzzles. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of supporters and we need to make way for the many books in our storeroom. In addition, as part of a town wide celebration, the Friends will hold a pie and book sale on Saturday September 17th from 10-1 on the lawn of Athenaeum weather permitting or in the lobby of the Athenaeum in case of rain. The books for this sale will be from the basement stacks and includes mostly books from the 1890's to the 1940's. They will be priced at $1 or $5. Pies are $10.

What are Your Interests?

Check out the huge selection of non-fiction!  Many subjects include: art, photography, health and fitness, travel, history, religion and more.  If you'd like to learn about it...we've probably got it!

How to Donate Books

Your donations of clean, untorn books, ready for fresh readers, are greatly appreciated. Because we have limited storage space, we ask you to make an appointment for delivering your books. Please call us at 748-9222 during our hours of operation.

More Questions?

You can ask questions and make suggestions for Secondhand Prose by calling 748-9222, or write to us c/o The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum 1171 Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819.

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