Lyrical Ballad Bookstore, Saratoga Springs

We went to the Lyrical Ballad Bookstore on Phila St in Saratoga Springs. This bookstore used to be a store in front and a bank in back. As a result, there are many rooms and nooks and crannies in which to search for books, and one could spend days inside and not look at everything. And they have great books, not your usual junky, dime a dozen books, but great books. Mom had a huge armload of books, and she actually put some back to save for another time. I came out with Rachel Carson’s The Edge of the Sea which I’ve been wanting for a while now, and the price was right – note – I refuse to pay full price for books, so I look around for them, or I get them out of the library.


I also purchased two New York Archives magazines from Spring 2006


and Summer 2006.


I saw many other excellent books I would love to own – maybe someday.

If you ever go to Saratoga Springs, and you love used books, this IS the place to go!

I forgot to show you the view from our 5th floor room at the Gideon Putnam, taken through the window towards the sunset:

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Susan Gets Native
    Oct 04, 2006 @ 15:39:08

    Oohh…nice shot out the window.
    But I’m confused…should a magazine printed in 2006 be called “Archives”?



  2. Pam
    Oct 04, 2006 @ 16:19:16

    Hi Susan, articles in the magazine are taken from the archives of The New York State Archives. That’s why you see geeky looking men with black rimmed glasses on the cover with the old telescope.


  3. Susan Gets Native
    Oct 04, 2006 @ 19:22:19

    Oh, I know.
    I was trying (and failing) to be funny.


  4. Pam
    Oct 04, 2006 @ 20:05:21

    I’m sorry Susan! I’m under the weather today, so things easily fly over my head. You are funny and not failing, it’s just me!


  5. Susan Gets Native
    Oct 04, 2006 @ 21:57:27

    Under the weather???
    No, I say, NO!
    Get OVER the weather, girl.
    Feel better!


  6. Laura
    Oct 04, 2006 @ 22:02:30

    I know that feeling of wanting to carry out armloads of books – try to restrict it to the library, rather than a bookstore!

    Used bookshops are great because you can find books that the mega-stores won’t be bothered with.

    Looks like a beautiful place you stayed at!


  7. Pam
    Oct 05, 2006 @ 07:17:41

    Thanks for the laughs Susan! I’m gonna get OVER that weather today! I’m actually feeling almost 100% again.
    Laura – Oh yeah, the armloads of books from the library are great – I always feel like I have a million dollars in my arms. The Gideon Putnam is gorgeous, and in a peaceful setting among oaks and evergreens (which smelled phenomenal), and far away from traffic noise.


  8. Fred Doyle
    Jul 05, 2007 @ 21:12:54

    Thanks for the link at the top of your entry to my photos from the Lyrical Ballad Bookstore. It is quite a unique and wonderful place. I’ve spent many hours browsing through the piles of books. I’ll echo your comments. If you love used books, or books in general, and find yourself in Saratoga Springs, take some time and visit the Lyrical Ballad.

    Fred Doyle


  9. Pam
    Jul 05, 2007 @ 21:16:20

    You’re welcome Fred, and thank you for your comment. Your photos are beautiful. We’ve been going to the Lyrical Ballad bookstore for years, and we have also spent many hours browsing the excellent selection of books. We plan to go back soon.


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