What a perfect entree to the world of Tim’s Used Books: through an almost-hidden gateway leading to a tiny bridge connecting to a tiny house, about 180 to 210 years old, in a glade of trees. It is a bibliophile’s secret garden. This was home to Nathan and Jean Malchman, proprietors of the Malchman’s sporting wear store. It was purchased in 1996 by Timothy Barry, who said of himself: “I’ve owned six used bookstores since 1989. A couple of them have been successful. The others failed. Before that I received money for writing about food. Later I organized an art gallery. Sold some people’s paintings and photos — enjoyed that, didn’t enjoy the egos.” Of his Provincetown shop, he said: “It’s fun there in the summer, when you never know who’ll walk through the door. Poets, writers, movie-types, many vagrants, and tanned people.”
More than 2,000 buildings and vessels are searchable on buildingprovincetown.com. The Building Provincetown book is available for purchase ($20) at Town Hall, Office of the Town Clerk, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown 02657.