Books Galore

Books Galore


A few of my favorites from decorating installs this week 😊

I’ve had so much fun decorating everything from huge built ins, mantles, dining rooms, kitchens, bedrooms this week!

We’ve ordered mostly everything from Backbone Home Store, (and sourced anything else locally from fellow small businesses)
Mirrors, lamps, rugs, some furniture, throw pillows, bedding, so much decor.

We have access to SO many items, and are always changing it up in store, but can typically order decor, rugs, lamps, etc and recieve it pretty quickly if you don’t see what you’re needing in store. (220 East Main Festus)

We’ve been booked out pretty far in advance for decorating jobs, but will soon be ready to take on more decorating and staging projects.

Thank you so much to our amazing clients for trusting us with your gorgeous homes & making it possible for me to do what I love!
We appreciate you!

Shout out to our buddies at Books Galore for the antique books 📖.
Check them out a few doors up from our store!

Also to Mueller Electric Furniture & Bedding
If we can’t get a specific piece of furniture, we love sending our customers to Mueller and know they’ll be well taken care of ❤️

Also want to shout out our friends at Scott-Cawvey Brigitte-Ranae at Powerwashing solutions who took care of us this week, if you’re looking for powerwashing services they are amazing.

Team work makes the dream work!
Lots of great small businesses and people out there!
Its you guys.
Quote from the poem "Presence of Horror" featured in my new book "Authenticity"

This is another one for mental health awareness this month. This particular poem explores the nightmare side effects that can come along with PTSD. The awesome thing about poetry though, is that I can write a poem about a particular topic or struggle, but you can read it and gain a whole different perspective on it. I remember after I first wrote this poem years ago, I read it to a good friend. It brought tears to her eyes, but she identified with what it was saying in a completely different way than I had written it. We were both surprised when we both explained our own meanings to it. And I just think that is absolutely amazing, and shows how powerful poetry and literature can be. It speaks to us all in different ways, based on our own life experiences. 🖤

To gain the full experience from my poetry, you can buy your copy of "Authenticity" today on Amazon, or check out the local bookshops Belle’s Book Boutique and Books Galore to pick up a copy in person and support local business!
Picked the girls up from the bus and headed to Books Galore to stock up on some new books while getting rid of old ones! Then headed over to The Festus Public Library to snag a few more. Finished the night at Richards produce for me to stock up on some fruits and veggies and let the girls pick some new things to try. I’m trying to spend less time on my phone and more in the moment.
“The nice thing about living in a small town is that when you don't know what you're doing, someone else does.”

Immanuel Kant

City of Festus
City of Crystal City
Shop Festus & Crystal City Main Street aka Tanglefoot
Twin City Area Chamber of Commerce
The Brick Bistro & Brew
The Daisy Chain
Backbone Home
Queen Anne's Lace
Only In Missouri
Visit Missouri
Midwest Living
Rich's Frozen Custard
Main & Mill Brewing Company
Historic Tanglefoot Association
Cobblestone frame and Art Gallery LLC
H&K's Loaded Sugar Shack
Alchemy Gallery Festus - Festus, MO
Streetside Whimsy
Pogolino's Festus
Kennedy's Catchall and Auction House
Pine Mountain Country Coffee House & Mercantile
Kenzie . Wolk . Art
Phil Jarvis
Hahn Martial Arts and Fitness Center- Festus
Four Brothers Mead
Krabby Daddy's Festus
The Corner Cup Micro Bakery
Festus Music World
Celebrations Unlimited
Twin Cities Best Kept Secret
Petit Paree Restaurant & Lounge
Books Galore
Fishers Barbershop Deluxe
Father Time Clock Shop & Antiques
Strings Clothing Co.
Ameren Corporation
Kaci Nichole Salon and Spa
Glasstown Tattoo
Second Hand Heros
Crystal City Fire Department
Crystal City Missouri Police Department
Pettus Automotive
North - Medical Dispensaries
Dorlac SignCo
Boxed In Escape Rooms
Klein's Custom Jewelers
Christmas gifts for the guys in your life can be hard. I have come up with seven local last-minute gift ideas for you to check out. First, for the musician in your life, you should stop by Festus Music World and grab an Alvarez guitar. Give it a few strums to make sure it's in tune (not that I would know the difference😂)!

2. Okay, so this one might be a hint to my wife, Gwendolyn. I love fishing, but I tend to catch more "tree" fish than actual fish! Ask the pros there what's biting! Dunn's Sporting Goods, Inc.oods

3. Jewelry shopping isn't just for the ladies, this sharp-looking Citizen watch from Crystal Coin and Jewelers would look great on any gentleman's wrist this holiday season.

4. If you're looking for a unique custom gift for your guy's office or man cave, then check out The WOOD DEN for the perfect chainsaw carving or furniture. They can create name signs, animals, sports team logos, and more!

5. Does your guy need some serious improvements in his golf game like me? Gift him a golf membership from Crystal Highlands Golf Course so he can go practice after he has completed his honey-do list! They also have some great golf polos in their pro shop.

6. Is he in need of a good book? If he's like me he will either find the history section or the business section in Books Galore. They also have a sports memorabilia section for the sports fan in your life!

7. Last, but certainly not least. Has he been complaining about his old truck for years now? It's time to get him an upgrade Pettus Automotive. They're locally owned and have all different brands of trucks and other vehicles.

Alright Jefferson County, enjoy shopping local. If you have any other local guy gift ideas, please let me know. Merry Christmas!

Pick up a book when you head into Books Galore for a Christmas Home Tour ticket!
May I send you a one-page poster for your bulletin board?

Just reply with your street address.
⌡im [THE BookMan]
Beware !
Another fun find at Books Galore! We love you guys!

Online only seller of books and other fun stuff. From 1997-2022, we had an open shop. New and used books, games, DVDs, cd's, LP's, and video games.

Buy, sell & trade. Our books range in price from as low as $1.50 for children's books, to a typical adult fiction title for $3 & up, DVD's as low as $3.99.



Good news / bad news department: we’ve accepted an offer on our books and fixtures, and the new owners plan to open their own store in the Twin Cities sometime mid-2023.

That means we are closed down now, a couple weeks sooner than we originally planned. I’ll be around in the coming weeks, if you need anything.

We really appreciate all of the support, friendship, and book love over the last 25 years. Seriously, readers are the best, thank you!


John & Kendall and all our family.

Photos from Books Galore's post 11/30/2022

Sold $30. STORE DECOR for bidding fun! Brand New still in shrink wrap Festus Monopoly, featuring BOOKS GALORE and a lot of local businesses / sites.We’ll even autograph it for you 😜!

Auction ends this Saturday December 3rd at noon. Please don’t bid if you’re not going to pay. Bid in comments.

Photos from Books Galore's post 11/30/2022

STORE DECOR for bidding fun! Star Trek ships. SOLD $75 for all. Bid in comments.

Auction ends this Saturday December 3rd at noon. Please don’t bid if you’re not going to pay.


STORE DECOR for bidding fun! Pee-Wee, Chairry, and Pterri. SOLD $150.

Auction ends this Saturday December 3rd at noon. Please don’t bid if you’re not going to pay (I know you are, but what am I?)


Part two of our chat with Chris Hagan of The Chris Hagan Experience! Thank you for everything, my friend.


Glad to be a part of The Chris Hagan Experience! We had a wide-ranging (and free-range 😂) discussion about Books Galore closing after 25 years in business.


Happy Thanksgiving! We’re closed Thursday and Friday, but back in 10-2pm Saturday for our final Small Business Saturday.


Poets: here’s a great open mic opportunity!

Yeah never know who’ll perform at a Spine poetry open mic!




Sold for $50 for all three helmets to Kendra. Star Wars Darth Vader and two different Stormtroopers helmets. Electronics work fine!

Bid in comments, select “view all comments” to see activity. Ends this Saturday November 19th. at noon!

Photos from Books Galore's post 11/17/2022

SOLD $15 for both figures to Amy. Transformers talking Bumblebee and Optimus Prime helmets! Both work great!

Bid in comments, select “view all comments” to see activity. Ends this Saturday November 19th. at noon.


SOLD $30 to Maurice. Leatherface Texas Chainsaw Massacre figure!

Bid in comments, select “view all comments” to see activity. Ends this Saturday November 19th. at noon!


Ugh 😂


Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Just in case your supply is running low, we’re open and ready to help today 10-2pm!

Photos from Books Galore's post 11/10/2022

SOLD $45 to Ashley Elizabeth. Goes until Saturday 11/12 at noon! You can even bid in-store!

Yoda & R2D2, electronics are not functioning.

Photos from Books Galore's post 11/10/2022

SOLD $36 TO Rylee Burkett! Goes until Saturday 11/12 at noon! You can also drop by the store to bid.

Trendmasters Independence Day alien. Electronics are not functioning.


SOLD TO Dean for $15. Bidding in comments below (be sure to click “all comments” to keep up with bids). Ends this Saturday 11/12 at noon.

Darth Vader bank from 1996. Great place to store your change but electronics do not work.

Photos from Books Galore's post 11/06/2022

SOLD to Brandon for $45. We get asked all the time if we’ll sell this bug from the film Starship Troopers? Yes.

We’ll do this auction style, with a starting bid of $5. Place your bid in the comments section, so it will be easy to keep up with the current bids. Ends Saturday November 12th at noon!


It's me. I'm the problem, it's me. 😇😊📚

Photo credit: Because all the Books

Photos from Books Galore's post 11/04/2022

SOLD to Andrea for $100!

We’ve frequently been asked if any store decor is for sale. Now’s your chance - a select few will be posted here and instagram in a silent auction format!

We have this adorable four piece vintage ceramic set of kitchen canisters in a bookshelf design. Opening bid will be $5. Message us and we’ll update the current price. Auction ends November 12th


The complete series of the Harbison Mystery Series is available at Books Galore in Downtown Festus, Mo. These rural murder mysteries take place in Jefferson County Missouri.

Timeline photos 10/25/2022

Timeline photos

A boost of serotonin🤗

(source: Pinterest)


As we wind down our 25th year in business and our lease ends, we've decided to close Books Galore at the end of the year, with an estimated final day of Saturday, December 17th.

We're not selling gift certificates, but will honor previously issued gift certificates and current store credit.

As for business, we've been as busy as ever and believe a bookstore in our area would thrive and hope that someone will want to replace us. We can't thank everyone enough for all of your support, business, and friendship ❤️. Please feel free to share this, and spread the word.

Timeline photos 10/19/2022

Timeline photos

Honestly the best dilemma to have😋
(source:, Pinterest )

Photos from Books Galore's post 10/11/2022

Fresh stuff hitting the shelves soon!

Photos from Books Galore's post 10/07/2022

Always, the freshest goodies hitting the shelves!


Back in stock on all four Harbison Mysteries - a series set in and around rural Jefferson County!


Today is exciting for me because our golden retriever, Elsa, will have her eighth birthday party. A very happy birthday to Elsa.

Photos from Books Galore's post 09/29/2022

Fresh stuff hitting the shelves!


Murder at Morse Mill, novel #4 of the Harbison Mystery Series, will once again be available at Book Galore in Festus, MO, on Saturday, Oct. 1

Timeline photos 09/28/2022

We’ll get around to it…

As soon as we are done with the last chapter!...right guys👀
(source: Pinterest)

Photos from Books Galore's post 09/15/2022

Fresh stuff hitting the shelves.



My next 10-week, live online writing course is 9 Oct.


Cool big ol’ dragon from our pal Dalton! The Doctor might be in trouble!


I usually remove it, how about you?


Downtown Crystal City and Festus will be hopping today! Come on down and enjoy the festivities.

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