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Bindlestiff Books is a volunteer-run neighborhood bookstore in West Philadelphia, with a carefully selected array of new and discounted (but still new) books. We have children’s books, literary fiction, graphic novels, art, cookbooks, history, labor studies, politics, and much more.

We’re at 4530 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19143, two blocks from Clark Park in West Philadelphia. Phone number: 215.662.5780; email: bindlestiff.bookstore@gmail.com

Store Hours: Our hours are a bit unpredictable right now, as we recover from the pandemic closing. We are almost always open for most of our Tuesday and Friday hours in particular, but sometimes have to open a bit late or close early. 

We are presently limiting the number of customers in the store to 5 at a time, requiring masks, and will bring books out to you curbside if you desire. We can accept payment by Venmo, credit/debit card, cash…

  • Mondays, Closed
  • Tuesdays, Noon – 7:00 p.m. (staffing permitting)
  • Wednesdays, Noon – 7:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays, Noon – 7:00 p.m. 
  • Fridays, Noon – 7:00 p.m. (staffing permitting)
  • Saturdays, Noon – 7:00 p.m.
  • Sundays, Noon – 5:00 p.m.

We’re an all-volunteer operation, and it might make sense to check first. We’re often here other times as well, so feel free to give us a call or just drop by.

Here’s a link to a blog with photos from our December 2005 opening, including the original mosaic that distinguishes our facade: http://psalmboxkey.com/2012/01/14/joy-of-books-bindlestiff-books-in-west-philly/.

Special Orders: If we don’t have a book in stock, we’re glad to order it for you. We can get most books in in a week or two, assuming they’re still in print.

Interested in volunteering? We always need staffers, but there are also possibilities to organize readings or other events. We’re glad to hear your ideas as well.

bindlestiff.bookstore@gmail.com | 215.662.5780

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