VABA Book & Ephemera Fair this Weekend! ~ April 2, 2016


Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association Book & Ephemera Fair!

April 2, 2016, 10 am – 4 pm
Hilton Burlington, 60 Battery St., Burlington VT

This Saturday, come and visit 25+ booksellers as they display their most interesting books and ephemera! And what better place to go and find other folks that are as passionate about your interests as you are?

Antiquarian Booksellers from New England and the Northeast offering Scarce, Rare & Out of Print Books, both Antiquarian & Modern, Antique Maps & Prints, Postcards & Ephemera for sale

FREE Admission-  Please share with your friends and we hope to see you there!
For more information, email: books [at] TheEloquentPage [dot] com

VABA website:
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And here is a nice piece in the Rutland Herald about the fair:

c2016 VABA

VABA 2014-15 brochure available online!

For more than thirty years, almost since its inception, the Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association has issued a printed guide to member shops. Available throughout the state at member bookshops, chamber of commerce displays and welcome centers, the VABA Brochure, as it is called, has been very popular with native Vermonters and tourists looking for collectible and hard-to-find books

The VABA Brochure is still being published on an annual basis. You can pick up a copy at any member bookshop, or have one mailed to you, free of charge, by contacting Joseph Trenn, the Book Shed, Lake Road, Benson VT 05731. Joe’s phone number is (802) 537-2190, and his email address is

We are pleased to include a PDF of the VABA Brochure here, on the official VABA website. Click on the link below to open and/or download the latest edition. The file will open in most browsers. If you have the Adobe PDF Reader on your computer, you can also right click on the above link and save the file to your computer for offline reading and printing.


Why Would You Go To A Book Fair?

If you like books, whether you buy them to read, collect them, or collect and read them, the book fair is the place to go. Where else can you go where 35 to 45 different booksellers bring their best books to sell? Even in this age of internet bookselling, there are many desirable books that do not get listed online, but can be found at a book fair.


Here you will find an incredible concentration of first editions, fine bindings, vintage postcards, pamphlets, prints and other ephemera. Instead of visiting forty separate shops, you can visit their owners and peruse their samplings in one afternoon!


Many of the dealers have their own interests. They are always glad to “talk shop” with you about your particular interests in books.


If you are thinking about selling your private library, go to the book fair to find which booksellers might be interested in looking at your collection.


You are sure to see books and other materials that you never knew existed. You might find a gem that you just have to own, but you won’t find it unless you attend the VABA Book Fair this Sunday, March 23, at the Sheraton in Burlington, VT (additional information at ).


Stop in and visit us! I’ll be at the Catamount Books booth. Hope to see you this Sunday!

Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association ~ Spring Book & Ephemera Fair ~ March 23, 2014

Vermont Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair


Attention all Book Lovers!

The VABA Spring Book Fair will be held on March 23rd from 10-4 at the Sheraton Hotel in South Burlington. Rare and unusual books, postcards, maps and ephemera will be available from 30+ New England dealers. From Nancy Drew to books from the 1600s, stock certificates from the 1800s to postcards from the 1900s, there is something for every interest and price range. Some local historical groups and bookbinders will have displays as well.

Admission is only $5.

For more information check out the VABA website:


Sunday, March 23rd, 2014 from 10 am to 4 pm
Sheraton Hotel
870 Williston Road
South Burlington, Vermont

Directions: The Sheraton Hotel is just off Interstate 89, Exit 14W. Please call if you need more information: books [at] TheEloquentPage [dot] com or 802-527-7243.

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The VABA 2012 Spring Book Fair ~ In Words and Pictures!

The VABA Spring Book Fair was a rousing time for all participating and those attending… here are some notes and photographs from those who were there!  -

Donna Howard of The Eloquent Page, our intrepid book fair organizer!
[image: from Rachel at Old Saratoga Books]

And please plan to join is for our next fair on 12 August 2012 in Brattleboro – click here for more information.

Rachel at Old Saratoga Books was an exhibitor – she writes about her experience on her blog Book Trout and shares it with us here:

Rachel at Old Saratoga Books

Here’s a helpful travel tip. When traveling in the pre-dawn hours to a destination you are unfamiliar with in a vehicle you are unsure of, it’s helpful to avoid spooky mountain roads where your cellphone doesn’t get reception. I foolishly set off at 4 am  from Saratoga County, New York to exhibit my wares at the Vermont Book and Ephemera Fair in Burlington, hoping to arrive early for the setup. The plan was to arrange my book booth and then stroll around leisurely with a strong cup of coffee to see what my colleagues were selling before the official opening at 10 am.

While I spent a lot of time rehashing my book fair packing list (I remembered my cash this time, unless last November’s Albany Book Fair, when I had to beg for singles from another bookseller) and picking out the books I wanted to bring to Burlington, I was less diligent about researching my driving route and ended up taking Route 9N through the Adirondacks to Ticonderoga, where I collapsed into a fast food restaurant after almost two hours of hairpin turns, a couple of deer in the headlights, 20-30 mph driving through villages through rain and fog and having my check engine light come on after grinding up a particularly steep incline. The cheery counter lady assured me that Burlington was only another hour and a half away, which proved to be the case and I made it in plenty of time to be set up…. ” ~ Read More…


Barbara Harding of Otter Creek Used Books in Middlebury, VT wrote on her blog:

I did it! My thoughts and plans came together and above shows my booth at the recent VT Antiquarian Book & Ephemera Fair – the Spring show – over the past weekend – Sunday, March 25 – in Burlington.”  Read More…

[Otter Creek Used Books]


Some images of a lovely bookish day from Patty McWilliams at Hermit Hill Books:



Joe Trenn from The Book Shed in Benson, VT writes:

“A steady stream of customers came through The Book Shed booth at the VABA Spring Book Fair. We enjoyed a good amount of sales but the greatest pleasure of the day was the opportunity to talk books with fairgoers and see the material brought by the other vendors. My personal highlight of the day was finding a new addition for my London books collection at the Craftsbury Antiquarian Books booth hosted by Tom Twetten. Shakespeare’s Second Globe: A Missing Monument by C. Walter Hodges was among Tom’s offerings and at a very attractive price. Hodges, an illustrator, made the case for rebuilding the Globe with this 1973 illustrated work. A close analysis of Wenceslaus Hollar’s magnificent Long View of 17th century London was used to demonstrate the feasibility of a rebuilt Globe. As a result of his and other’s efforts 21st century visitors to the great city can now see Shakespeare’s plays in a replica of his famous theater. Hodges’ book, which was not published in the US, was a great find and a great addition to any London lover’s collection. Thanks Tom for bringing it along. I’m looking forward to the August 12th VABA Summer Fair in Brattleboro for another opportunity to spend the day amongst books and book lovers. Who knows what treasure will turn up there?

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Test your knowledge of London and Shakespeare by identifying the
mistake on the above image of the dust jacket!
[leave a comment with your answer in the "reply" box below] 


From George Singer, of Ashley Book Company in Burlington:

“I spent well over an hour at the Fair. There was plenty of room to maneuver, the books were nicely displayed for the most part, and the dealers were uniformly welcoming. All in all a delightful experience, positive enough so that next year I plan to have a booth.” 


Ben Koenig of the Country Bookshop in Plainfield, VT commented:

“This year’s VABA Burlington Book Fair was a breath of fresh air. Well run and well attended – who could ask for anything more? But wait – people were also buying books, old paper and old postcards. Customers were entering my booth with packages from other dealers and, amongst those who knew me, they couldn’t wait to share their excitement about their recent purchases. Yes, I sold books. But even better was the feeling that a shift was taking place. After years of depressing faces and poor attendance I was seeing the excitement of a crowd hooked on books.”


If anyone would like to share their thoughts about the day, please comment!

[All Images courtesy of the booksellers depicted, with thanks to all]

@2012 VABA