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Published February 26th 2013
Port Elliot's best second hand store
This little store in Port Elliott is filled with bric-a-brac and jewellery, material, magazines and vases. Most impressively, there are four rooms lined with books, neatly sectioned into areas for biography, cooking, gardening, crime, female fiction authors, and a plethora of other categories that defy remembrance.
The door on the left is the entrance to the Bargain Barn.
The store has been there for over 30 years, an impressive feat in the eyes of many, especially considering that it is not in the main swathe of stores. It is not far away, but that extra block or two of walking will ensure that some visitors will not discover its existence. Strangely, The Bargain Barn does not appear to be named on the outside of the building. It is a wonder that any know of its existence at all. All that betrays its location is the 'Open - 4 Rooms of Books' sign out front, and an open doorway with treasures spilling into the light.
Books or countless varieties adorn every available shelf.
The Bargain Barn has a slow stream of customers from the nearby Port Elliott Youth Hostel, which provides cheap and quality accommodation but has a highly restrictive library of books. Travellers frequently want to find more reading material, and for this reason I would recommend taking fewer books on holiday and instead planning a trip to the Bargain Barn.
The locals are aware of the Bargain Barn, and it is they who most likely get the best bargains. This quaint store is great for the holiday makers who love to explore old odd shops and places forgotten by the wayside. And of course, it is easy to grab a few bargains along the way.