"He that loves a book will never
want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor,
a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter.
By study, by reading, by thinking,
one may innocently divert and
pleasantly entertain himself,
as in all weathers, as in all fortunes."

- Barrow

Welcome to The Thrifty Bookworm!

My name is Lisa Porter (that's me on the left), and I have been in business for 25 years. The Thrifty Bookworm first opened its doors on Alexandria Drive in July, 1981. In August, 2004, we made the move to Allendale Drive. Our new location is almost twice as big, and much brighter. Come take a look!

We are the largest used paperback store in Central Kentucky. We specialize in paperback fiction. We have excellent selections of paperback romances (of all kinds), mysteries (of all kinds), science fiction/fantasy and westerns. Are we really "thrifty?" You bet! All books are one-half their original cover price. In addition, we have a large selection of bargain books priced between 50 cents and a dollar.

Want to save even more? We have special sales several times a year during which you can save an extra 20% to 30%. During our twice-a-year SUPER SALES you can save 50%! Just send an email to and we'll be sure to notify you of all our sales events!

We pride ourselves on personal service. We will try to learn your name. We will be happy to help you find what you are looking for - or we will be glad to let you browse by yourself.

If you're a bookworm, you'll feel right at home here! Without my joy of reading, I would probably be on tranquilizers, sleeping pills and have weekly visits to a therapist. With a book to read, I can say I have rarely ever been bored.

All the members of my staff are also avid readers - bookworms to the core! - although our favorite genres differ. Donna (shown at left) has been here for 18 years. Volunteer workers Linda, Annette and Lynn have all worked at the store for 10 to 15 years. Karen has been helping me for about three years. We all not only love reading, we love to talk about books. We welcome customer input, and we'd love to hear about books you love (or hate)!

Our store hours are Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm; and Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm. The address and phone number are listed below. If you need directions, don't hesitate to call. We look forward to seeing you soon!

The Thrifty Bookworm
719 Allendale Drive
Lexington, Kentucky 40503
(859) 254-4595
Copyright 2007, Felice Porter