Welcome to Books on Bay!

Spectacular Vintage Books

About the Shop

Books on Bay provides a unique shopping experience for book lovers. Tucked away in a small building on West Bay Street in the Historic District of Savannah, Georgia, the shop has thousands of books ranging from the 1600s to the late 1900s. Categories include both the traditional (Classics, Religious) and the whimsical (Heaving Bosom Books). All of the favorites are there—Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Dorothy and Toto, Zane Grey and more! Books on Bay is open daily at 10 am—including holidays—so you can stop by any day of the week.

About Us

Betsy Hoit-Thetford has had a lifelong love affair with books and has been selling them in Savannah for 16 years. She collects “Betsy” books (the name is in the title), the Tom Swift series, and really old books. betsy@booksonbay.com

Richard Thetford has loved Betsy for over 30 years, and because she loves books, he does too. He is also an airfield manager and volunteers as an air-show helicopter pilot with the Army Aviation Heritage Foundation. His bookshelves are filled with vintage Masonic books.

James Campbell is a specialist in book acquisition and fills in at the shop when his schedule permits. His favorite author is Stephen King and he can frequently be found tucked away with a good SK paperback.

Jarrell Dickey, a communications/IT coordinator for a community organization, is also a specialist in series books and helps out on weekends. One day a customer asked him about a “pink” girl series that had only 5 or 6 books in it—and HE KNEW the name of it! He collects series books. (Does that surprise anyone?)

Reginald G. Raff and his family are always available to assist you in the shop (even if you don’t realize that you’re being helped). Be sure to say hello to Regina, Dot, Wanda, Beebe and Baby, Riff and Rosie, Percy, Penny, Nicki, RoRo and Ronni, Ronald, Polly and Bart, B.D., DeeDee, 3Dee, and O’jhana when you visit. Even though GMAIL looks like it would be a natural for the G. Raffs, they haven’t found a computer with letters large enough for their “fingers” . . . so you’ll just have to come in the shop and talk to them person-to-Raff!