For me, there’s nothing better than finding cheap books, and donating to charity at the same time! Not long after discovering bookstagram, I discovered that quite a lot of people bought their books from charity shops. I thought I would give it a go, and quickly fell in love with browsing rows of previously loved books and finding new reads in a brilliant condition for no more than £1. A few months down the line, and I am completely incapable of walking past a charity shop without going inside and having a look at the books. I have found so many bargains, and have been on a couple of trips solely because of the great number of charity shops nearby!
So I thought I’d share a few of my favourite charity shop finds, and I’ve labelled it #1 because I’d love to do a whole series of these posts – if people like them that is.
Ink by Alice Broadway
This was a complete cover buy, but who can blame me? The cover is stunning, and this was an absolute bargain at just 40p! 40p! It doesn’t even look like it has been read, but hopefully I will change that soon. I don’t know much about this series, other than something about all of your actions appearing tattooed on your skin, which sounds intriguing.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K Rowling
I love this film. Controversially, I prefer it to the Harry Potter films, and I had really wanted to read the Screenplay but couldn’t justify the price. Then, I found it in a little Caring for Cats shops where all paperbacks were £1, and all hardbacks were £1.50. Another absolute bargain, and it is a really wonderful edition. It has really stunning illustrations in it, and I really enjoyed reading it.
Something to Live for by Richard Roper
I couldn’t believe my luck when I found this for £1 in a charity shop in Kendal. The title intrigued me, and then when I pulled it off the shelf I noticed that it was a Waterstones exclusive edition. It is signed and has sprayed edges that look like a train track! It is a lovely edition, and even though I still haven’t got round to reading it yet I am hoping I will enjoy it!
Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
This was another bargain at £1.50, in an untouched condition. And then, when I opened it, an Asda receipt slipped out. It had been purchased a month earlier by the person who donated it for £10. I really appreciated the person who donated it, I just hope it wasn’t because they didn’t enjoy it!!
The Bookshop on the Shore by Jenny Colgan
The charity shop closest to my university house has to be my favourite ever charity shop, and I probably visit it fortnightly whilst at uni. All of their books are 3 for £1, and I often walk out of their with 6 books or more! This is one of my all-time favourite finds, as it worked out at 33p for a beautiful hardback. I keep it without the dust jacket on because the wave design is just too pretty not to display! I have recently enjoyed a Christmas Jenny Colgan read, so I am hoping I will love this one just as much.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
And now for my favourite find. I found a stunning first edition of The Night Circus in a Sue Ryder charity shop for £1.25 and couldn’t believe my luck! I have just purchased The Starless Sea because of the hype surrounding both of Morgenstern’s books, so I was thrilled to find this edition. The sprayed edges are gorgeous, and the clock embellishment under the dust jacket is equally stunning.
Do you buy books from charity shops? If you do, tell me about your best finds. I love hearing what other people have found whilst charity shopping.