I Love Second Hand Book Stores

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    I have spent a lot of time on second hand n

    bookshops and must have bought several hundred second hand books. There was one shop in central London which had a basement section full of books of sexual instruction It was there that I learned all about sex, as my parents never talked about it. A good reason for second...
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    Jul 21, 2014

    Found It

    It's in a secondhand book store I found my Mary Higgins Clark books and I couldn't get any happier. I love how the price is half of the brand new. I love how I get to read books of any genres too. I love stores like this.
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    Apr 1, 2013

    I always buy something

    and by now I should buy another book cabinet as well
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    May 7, 2015

    They Can Be Like Digging Up A Treasure Chest.

    Sometimes they are more intresting than the regular book stores. There are books there you would never have found in a regular book store. I love looking in the piles of childrens books and picking fun neat books for the kids. Seeing a special book I had forgotten out of the...
    Temprence Temprence
    36-40, F
    2 Responses Feb 10, 2012

    Used Books

    I love books, bookstores, 2nd hand book stores, etc. There's a place I go once a month to stock up called "The Used Book Superstore". On my last trip which was this past Friday I purchased 5 hard covers for a total of $20 bucks. For their list price I would have paid $125...
    maltesemermaid maltesemermaid
    41-45, F
    2 Responses Apr 22, 2012

    Nothing makes me happier

    than finding cheap paper backs and curling up to read them in my cozy recliner.
    BrokenPhoenixx BrokenPhoenixx
    22-25, F
    Jan 3, 2014

    I went to a reading at a local book store

    tonight featuring three wonderful local authors...they were living history, it was marvelous.
    Fatkitten Fatkitten
    36-40, F
    1 Response Feb 8, 2015

    technically I guess not a second hand bookstore

    but the website I use is called thriftbooks.com you can get books on there for cheap money. I just placed an order for 4 more books and it only cost $15.
    crow300 crow300
    36-40, M
    Feb 26, 2016

    Staff Captain Broome

    I picked up a book recently from a second hand bookstore, its called Early Church History its by Backhouse and Tyler. Inside its signed staff cpt broom 1917 and his sending it to Private reg broome who was in hospital in cairo, egypt. Inside one of the pages was a stamp like...
    thehippy thehippy
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Apr 19, 2009

    Hidden Treasure

    I love a good rummage around a second hand book store, or in the book section of a charity shop. It's the variety that appeals to me and the joy of discovery. When I enter the shop I know I will encounter books I've never heard of, subjects I am not familiar with, titles that...
    loveland loveland
    41-45, M
    Dec 15, 2012

    When Borders Just Won't Do

    Sure, I get the Rewards Perks emails and coupons.  And yes, one or two of the cashiers at my Borders roll their eyes when I walk in.  But sometimes I get cravings for a different type of experience.  Fortunately, there are two bookstores nearby that can satisfy my...
    failedexperiment failedexperiment
    31-35, M
    4 Responses May 3, 2009

    Especially ones that sell old books.

    I can (and have) spend hours upon hours in them reading though and searching for the perfect books to add to my collection. I plan to one day have a library in my home.
    PrettiestPirate PrettiestPirate
    22-25, F
    Nov 26, 2015

    I Always Have

    I grew up on a farm and money was sparse I developed an early love for the worn and strangely scented pages of second hand books. I do admit a preference for stores with cats in them.
    WickedBadGoodWitch WickedBadGoodWitch
    36-40, F
    Oct 27, 2012

    Sadly, they are getting harder

    and harder to find. Last week I scored when I found a bunch in the back of a thrift store. Made my day.
    padraig17325 padraig17325
    56-60, M
    1 Response Apr 16, 2015
    TKD1 TKD1
    51-55, F
    1 Response Feb 8, 2014


    There is a used book store in the mall not far from where I live. I think there is nothing like going in there and being greeted by that musty smell for some reason. In some respects, it is like a treasure hunt in there. There are books that you hope you find and sometimes you...
    jlocke87 jlocke87
    26-30, M
    Sep 29, 2013

    Especially The Smell!

    i love walking into a used bookstore and taking that first deep breath. my husband thinks it's so funny that no matter whether we've been there before or not, i somehow always know where "my book" is waiting. i love it! it's like playing hide and seek with an old friend. i just...
    juggalove juggalove
    31-35, F
    7 Responses May 4, 2010

    Like A Treasure Hunt

    I am certain I have never left a second hand book store empty handed. They are the best place to go when you are in the mood to read and don't really know what you want. You always find something good. There is one close to where I work and there have been many times I have...
    morticia1969 morticia1969
    36-40, F
    1 Response Jun 23, 2012

    The Attic Bookstore(my Favourite)

    I definatly love getting books as a gift-its so personal and very touching to recieve a book. The pages come alive for me and i drift into a world i don't own-I am only visiting... The White Bone by Barbara Gowdy was a book i got second hand for $3.00 and it healed my mind alot...
    oxygenhasflaws oxygenhasflaws
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 2, 2009

    The Adventure

    Unlike going into a new bookshop (WH Smith, Waterstones, Borders, or Barnes & Noble), the second bookshop is a treasure trove of the unknown, and forgotten. Really, where else can you feel as if you are on an archaeologic expedition without getting dirty?
    MrsKateBrown MrsKateBrown
    36-40, F
    2 Responses May 4, 2010

    One of the most intoxicating smells there is is

    a used bookstore. Old paper, musty with a slight hint of dust.
    Mrskatearch Mrskatearch
    31-35, F
    Aug 24, 2015

    I love bookstores all together

    but i love old-looking books more which i can find lots in a second hand book store.
    ivanaaaaa ivanaaaaa
    18-21, F
    Jan 16, 2014


    My dream was to open a quaint bookstore and call it:  Turn the Page.  I doubt Bob Seger would come after me about the name.  However, due to the economy I couldn't do what I wished.  So now, as she opened her store first, I exchange books with the lady who beat me to it...
    Callalilly Callalilly
    66-70, F
    4 Responses May 17, 2012

    The Written Word

    Half Priced Books The Not So Perfect Book Store Anne's All of those and more are favorite hang outs of mine. I haunt them like I personally owned all of those book at one point or another. I just love books.  I like looking at people's notes in books. Seeing what people...
    ShopGirl ShopGirl
    18-21, F
    6 Responses Jan 18, 2009

    There's One Thing Better Though

    and that's getting second hand books for free! A few days before leaving my primary school, my teacher was clearing out the old books from the shelf in the corner of the classroom. She told us that we could pick out any of them to keep for free. I chose "The Call of The...
    musicspirit musicspirit
    18-21, F
    4 Responses Apr 14, 2009

    Little Surprises

    I love books, and second hand book stores. I especially love getting a second hand book and reading the little messages on the inside pages that people write... birthday messages or school award stamps or just peoples names. It's so interesting, like a little keyhole look into...
    sugarburn sugarburn
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jul 11, 2008

    If They Talked

    People have been using the expression "If these walls could talk" for years. I have often thought the same about books. The journey for some of them has been a great one over centuries worth of time in some cases. I love the way they smell and often wonder what kind of hands...
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    1 Response Nov 21, 2010

    Some Of My Favorite Books

    Some of the best books I own came from second-hand book stores. I bought them because they were cheap and it turned out that I really liked them. I get all my Nicholas Sparks books from them too. I could spend hours in my personal favorite. It's just this old shop with piles and...
    MyUnspokenWord MyUnspokenWord
    22-25, F
    May 17, 2012

    Wonderful Books I've Found Recently!

    My favorite thing to do is to go hunting for books (and other things as well actually), and when I find some good secondhand books it's wonderful! Sometimes when I've gone to the one I lean on mostly, my quest for books on the beauty of art, nature, or even interior design are...
    SirHunter7 SirHunter7
    51-55, M
    Aug 7, 2012

    Looked Everywhere, Found It In Secondhand Store

     recently i visited Sydney to see my mother and help my sister recover from surgery. I decided to   take advantage of the many shops and  try to find an old children's story book.   my son loved it and I wanted to give it to a little boy who lives...
    c8lorraine c8lorraine
    7 Responses May 1, 2009

    A couple of weeks ago,

    I picked up the whole Lord of the Rings trilogy for only six dollars. You can't beat that. I've already started rereading the books.
    holloway64 holloway64
    46-50, M
    May 13, 2014

    Used Book Stores

    I view used book stores the same way I used to view my grandmother's attic, as a repository of undiscovered treasure. If I am bored or if I don't really know what I'm in the mood to read I head to one of the many used book stores in my area. They are not stylish and frankly the...
    rockyp77 rockyp77
    36-40, M
    Mar 30, 2013

    I Really Do

    I remember once, while camping on the beach in Oceanside, California, I strolled across the street one morning and happened upon a tiny library that had a sale going on, getting rid of a ton of books for between 1 and 3 dollars. I went nuts and spent all the money in my wallet...
    BlueEyedGeekery BlueEyedGeekery
    31-35, M
    Aug 27, 2013


    Strand in New York's Greenwich Village is one of the best second hand book shops on the planet. There are a lot of really great books on sale for half price or less.  I Blood Meridian for six dollars.  I've been able to buy works by authors like Toni Morrison, William S...
    holloway64 holloway64
    46-50, M
    1 Response Nov 22, 2012

    Gathered all the books

    that are supposed to be in a second hand bookstore. I don't like bidding adieu to my dear books though, yet I am helpless because my shelf is running out of space.
    hiddentears hiddentears
    26-30, F
    Jun 26, 2015

    We have two in my local shopping area.

    .. I was looking for a text book for a course I'm on, it was over £60 brand new. So I hit the second hand stores... no luck but left with the sheet music to Linkin Park's Metorea album for only £4.99!!! Doh!!! Not far away in Rochester is what is claimed to be the biggest...
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    3 Responses Jul 10, 2014

    If I could marry a librarian

    and move our bed in the stockroom of a bookstore, I think I would be in heaven.
    holloway64 holloway64
    46-50, M
    May 13, 2014

    Second hand bookstores are the best!

    They have many more unique options that other bookstores. I love the way they smell many times have i lost myself in second hand bookstores.
    Shadoevines Shadoevines
    16-17, F
    Feb 11, 2014

    Burning Down the House

    Here in Jakarta, my favorites are the ones in this street called Jalan Jaksa. It's a pretty narrow street filled with bars and reasonably priced hotels for backpackers from around the world. There is one at the corner of the street and there's another one in one of the bars...
    june1999 june1999
    31-35, F
    14 Responses Aug 2, 2009

    The Joy Of Browsing

    To me, there is no greater joy than to let the fleeting world pass you by and just... stroll around in a second hand book store. I can literally spend hours gawking at books in the store searching for little jewels. For example: I once found a 3rd print Alice in Wonderland...
    SylvanGuardian SylvanGuardian
    22-25, M
    Feb 19, 2013

    I have not been in many

    as I would like,however the ocassions when I have seen second hand books at street markets or the few stores I visited I was enchanted.Something special about those old books,meaningful,because they have witness someone's life very closely.I believe we impregnate what we touch...
    4biandu 4biandu
    31-35, F
    Nov 2, 2014

    All I Can Carry

    I surely hope that printed books continue to be published. It's fine to read on an iPad or such, but nothing beats print for extended reading -- or beach reading. I LOVE to spend hours in used book stores. Everything about them is wonderful. Many are in old shops or houses...
    leeNFS leeNFS
    56-60, M
    1 Response Aug 19, 2012

    I love Strands in New York.

    Where else could I pick up a copy of Richard Wright's Black Boy (Restored Edition) and William Faulkner's The Hamlet for less than two dollars. And the books are in great condition.
    holloway64 holloway64
    46-50, M
    1 Response Mar 22, 2014

    Any Book Store Will Do

    I love any book store but second hand book stores are even better.  I love to read so if I can get near a book store as a truck driver I will stock up on some books.  I have tried to read books on line but it is just not the same as holding a book in your hand and...
    rondat rondat
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jan 20, 2009


    There is so much to love about second hand book stores. The variety, finding useful notes in the margins of a non-fiction book, and, of course, the prices. There is even a second hand bookstore near me where you can almost directly trade in one book for another of the same genre...
    Knabble Knabble
    18-21, F
    Sep 24, 2011

    Two Little Good Finds.

    Once again I went to my favorite place to find good used books, and it's a place that has more also. It is also my most favorite place for a love-hate relationship with! This place I frequent sells books by the pound,so naturally the heavier they are the more expensive. I love...
    SirHunter7 SirHunter7
    51-55, M
    Aug 20, 2012

    There are a few good second hand bookstores in

    and around this city, and I always have to be careful when I'm out shopping in town not to go past one, because if I do, I cannot resist going inside. Then I'm in there for the next five or six hours, closely browsing every title on every shelf, until I eventually leave with...
    TheBookAddict TheBookAddict
    41-45, M
    4 Responses Apr 30, 2015

    That's the highlight of walking all around the

    place when travelling and exploring. From big cities to little villages, coming across a second hand bookstore with a knowledgable proprietor and a treasure trove of fascinating books is bliss for me ! I can spend hours just browsing and I love finding a decent copy of books...
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    1 Response Sep 10, 2014
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