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I Love Second Hand Book Stores

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Must

    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 1 Response Sep 29, 2013

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    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

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    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...
    nunos nunos 51-55, M 4 Responses Jul 10

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    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 2 Responses Jun 23, 2012

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    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...
    Karliya Karliya 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 10

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    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.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Apr 1, 2013

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    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

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    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

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    High Wind In Milwaukee

    High wind was eaten up by the big corporate book sellers around 1999. I liked the old hippie bookstores and head shops of the 60s and 70s. Especially one that reeked of incense.
    anti3tastic anti3tastic 61-65, M Mar 9, 2011

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    Books

    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 61-65, F 4 Responses May 17, 2012

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    This may be weird to some people,

    but i adore the smell of old books.
    Ryanholmes20375 Ryanholmes20375 18-21, M Feb 2

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    Baggins Book Bazar.

    Today I went into the biggest second hand bookshop in England (Rochester). It had every type of book imaginable, very old to the new, and it is bigger than it looks from the outside, trust me, I almost called for help a couple of times. I have past is many times in my life but I...
    OnMyTippeeToes OnMyTippeeToes 18-21, F Nov 21, 2011

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    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 18-21, F May 17, 2012

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    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

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    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

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    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 1 Response Feb 19, 2013

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    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

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    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 3 Responses Feb 10, 2012

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    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

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    Hidden Treasures

    One never knows what they might find in a second hand book store. The smell is comforting, the aisles are small, the feel is cozy. And from one day to the next the inventory changes... like a living thing! WONDERFUL!
    GoddessNakiBean GoddessNakiBean 36-40, F 3 Responses Jan 26, 2009

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    Nothing Like Finding A Book You Didn'T Know You Were Looking For.

    Great thing about used book stores, is looking through the shelves and finding something you hadn't been looking for, but once you see it you have to have it. Another great thing is if it is a rare book and it is priced right. Doesn't happen as often as it use to because the...
    theblackbat theblackbat 41-45, M May 18, 2013

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    Ah! On The Hunt For Wonderful Books!

    Today I went to a favorite place for second hand books, and it's like going on a quest! The books are placed in bins comprising two long lines of books in larger plastic bins on wheels! Today as I began my quest for books with pleasing images, I did not find much at first. My...
    SirHunter7 SirHunter7 51-55, M Jul 16, 2012

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    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

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    Strand

    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

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    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

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    Getting In Is Easy...

    ...getting out is the hard part! I have to bite the bullet and walk on by,or I'm lost... My name is Rob,and I am a bookaholic.
    Rob22make3 Rob22make3 41-45, M 7 Responses Oct 17, 2008

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    Nuggets From My Little Quest For More Books Today!

    Greetings fellow EP'ers! Today I went to my favorite place to find good used books, and though I did not strike it real rich on it today I did find some good ones! I found a big book on lighthouses with some beautiful images in it, and I also found a book on an English Country...
    SirHunter7 SirHunter7 51-55, M Jul 23, 2012

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    My Grandpa's Little Pride

    From Hawaii, my grandpa brought with him books that filled the small Library he set in his two-story home in town.Many years had passed before I got the chance to read them.I was mesmerized,in loved and hooked for life.I read all the books I could find then.They were yellow with...
    MyZen MyZen 36-40, F 1 Response Nov 22, 2011

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    TKD1 TKD1 46-50, F 1 Response Feb 8

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    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 16-17, F 4 Responses Apr 14, 2009

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    These Shops Are Great

    you can almost find so many out of print books and also quite a few speical additions all for a good price and the people who work in these shops are genuinely interested in reading too so can give great advice.
    hellsbellsxxx hellsbellsxxx 18-21, F Jun 20, 2012

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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...
    Wulfstan Wulfstan 70+, M 1 Response Jul 21

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    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 56-60 8 Responses May 1, 2009

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    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 13-15, F Feb 11

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    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 7 Responses Jan 18, 2009

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    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 26-30, M Aug 27, 2013

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    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

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    Welllllllll, I Used To

    In my old home town we had a great second hand book store that I lived in, it had books up to the ceilings and a small loft with two comfortable couches, four over stuffed chairs and ottomans where we had readings and sometimes folk singing nights. But we moved from there and...
    bannanafanna bannanafanna 46-50, F 2 Responses Oct 22, 2011

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    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

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    Bonus

    My father is the manager at a thrift store and anyone that has been to a thrift store knows that a thrift store is a library's cousin. Figurtively speaking of course. I get to get stuff realtively free because I volunteer there. There are shelves and shelves of books. I could...
    shellzz shellzz 18-21, F 2 Responses May 20, 2012

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    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

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    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    One of my best friends was deciding on a grad school and we drove up to Ann Arbor for him to take tests, tour the campus, etc. While he did this, I wandered the town on foot. I was in book heaven. There were 2nd hand stores everywhere. If I had been financially well off, I...
    PrairieDog71 PrairieDog71 41-45, M Jun 8, 2012

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    Bookworms

    There is a second hand bookstore down the street from the place we housesit throughout the year, and if I'm not careful, I could spend all day there. They have a wonderful array of books and music, new and used. With comfortable chairs and fresh brewed coffee, it is like sitting...
    silentwriter180 silentwriter180 41-45, F Jun 25, 2012

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    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

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    Dude!

    That shop is the background on my computer right now! I ben dhere!
    FunnyLookingCorpse FunnyLookingCorpse 18-21 1 Response Jul 24, 2012

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    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

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    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

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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 21, 2010

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    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

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    Nothing makes me happier

    than finding cheap paper backs and curling up to read them in my cozy recliner.
    BrokenPhoenixx BrokenPhoenixx 18-21, F Jan 3

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