242 Commercial Street

242 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

242 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2011).

242 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

242 Commercial Street, by David W. Dunlap (2008).

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.

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