The majority of the books that I own come from charity shops because they make book buying affordable and accessible to me and there are around 10 shops to choose from in my hometown. I also really like that I can support local charities in a pressure-free environment, donating a few pounds as and when I can.
People often ask me how I find so many books at such good prices and, honestly, I'm pretty sure it's just a case of being in the right place at the right time. However, I've strung together a few tips on buying books in charity shops to help you along:
CONSIDER your LOCATION
I find that more affluent areas have poor selections.
plan your route
Note which shops are best for particular genres - do any do specific deals
Charity shops rotate their stock and get regular deliveries so visit on a regular basis
COMMUNICATE - get to know the staff as they may be able to keep a look out for certain titles
do your research - know what titles you want and are looking out for and consider keeping a list
read lots of reviews - know what titles are worth picking up before you go
don't lose your head over the price - is it in good enough nick? Is it a decent edition? do you really want to read it?
take advantage of post-holiday unwanted gifts - new year is a great time to buy new books in charity shops!
donate books yourself - give a little bit back to the shops. re-donate the books you probably won't re-read.
be patient - be prepared to sift and visit other places!
Do you buy books in charity shops? If so, what are your top tips? Also, what's your favourite charity shop book purchase?
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