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.


The Book Shed Outpost ~ Books are a-Happening in Benson Vermont! – and Tacos too!

By Joe Trenn, The Book Shed

From New York to Los Angeles through London, Moscow and Tokyo, pop-up stores have become the new big thing in retail. This summer the phenomenon comes to Rutland County when Benson gets it first pop-up store, The Book Shed Outpost.

Joe Trenn at The Book Shed


Open most weekends (weather permitting) in July and August and possibly through the fall foliage season the Outpost will be located next to West Coast Tacos on the corner of Route 22A and Mill Pond Rd. A wide assortment of books reflective of the stock available at the original Book Shed will be carried as well as a variety of discount books. The Book Shed, Rutland County’s oldest used book store, has been operating for 17 years in the village of Benson. According to the owner, Joseph Trenn, his biggest difficulty is in getting travelers to make the turn from 22A and drive the 3/4 of a mile to his location in the village. He is hoping that the conveniently located Outpost will help remedy that.

West Coast Tacos, an LA inspired taco stand, was opened this spring by Jan and Tim Bird of Benson just a few miles from New England’s west coast, the shores of Lake Champlain. The yellow corn tortillas for their various tacos and burritos are cooked on site. They offer a signature nine inch corn tortilla which is custom made for them. Rounding out the menu are hand cut nachos, burritos and a delicious steak and cheese sandwich. As an authentic accompaniment to their food the Birds make every effort to carry a cane sugar variety of Coca-Cola made in Mexico (“Hecho en Mexico para refresco”) – the fabled “Mexican Coke” is what we all drank years ago before the advent of high fructose corn syrup. West Coast Tacos is open everyday from 11-8 pm. Phone is (802) 236-1018.

It is shaping up to be a busy summer on this corner of Benson seven miles north of U.S. Route 4 in Fair Haven.  Books and Tacos on a summer day? – who can resist!

The Book Shed
733 Lake Road
Benson VT 05731

 West Coast Tacos
58 Mill Pond Rd., Benson, Vermont 05731
(802) 236-1018

c2013 VABA

Round the Mountain Book Sale!

This from Frank Bequaert, Bequaert Old Books, for the Round the Mountain Sale

[Mount Monadnock, Troy, NH - wikipedia]

Once again it is time for another Round The Mountain Book Sale in New Hampshire. Four Monadnock Region Shops will be giving significant discounts in their shops:

Sale Dates: Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun., April 12, 13, 14, and 15, 2012

SPECIAL FEATURE! Visit all 4 shops and be eligible to win a $50. gift
certificate good at any one of the 4 shops. Note that one shop is not open
on Sunday.

Participating Shops are as follows:

1. Homestead Books, Rt 101, Marlborough (Next to Marlborough Country
Convenience). 8:45 a.m. to 5 p. m. all 4 days. 50% off all stock.

2. Bequaert Old Books, 37 Rt 119 W, Fitzwilliam.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m all 4 days. 40% off all stock on 1st floor. 30% off all
stock on 2nd and 3rd floors; Books $5. and under, $1. each. All books listed
on the internet at least 30% off. 603-585-3448.

3. Aard Books, 31 Russell Ave., Troy.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday Closed Sunday. 50% off all
books less than $25. 1/3 off on books $25 and up. 603-242-3638

4. Eagle Books, 19 West St., Right off Central Square in Keene.
Thursday 9:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sunday Noon to 3 p. m. 1/3 off Books over $10.; 50% off Books $5. to $10.;
Books Less than $5., $1. each. General stock. Good selection of Town and
other Histories. 603-357-8721

For more details and directions, visit our web site:

We hope to see you at our shops next week. Any questions, please email:
info [at] beqbooks [dot] com