Welcome back Winged Readers! (That’s what I’m calling you now) Yesterday, I went to the library to get
way too many books! I was able to check out some classics and the second book in a series, so I was very happy about that.
Afterwards, my family and I stopped at a used book store and I was able to purchase (Can you guess it?) more books! Now, I know that many book bloggers buy their books from Barnes and Noble, or Amazon, or check them out from the library. So, you all might not be familiar with used book stores.
Or, your immediate thought after hearing/reading “Used book store” is “Gasp, someone else has already read it! Which makes it ruined! So noooooooooooooo!” If that was your reaction, think again. Because today, I will be sharing with you some reasons to love used book stores!
1. Cheap Books
This is probably the best part of a used book store. The fact that the books are cheap! Paperbacks are anywhere from 50 cents to 5 dollars and hard covers are way less than in stores! For example, the hard cover of a Harry Potter book was $12, where as if you bought it at Barnes and Noble right now, you would pay about $19. That’s a $5 difference! Plus, even if you buy new books, they are 10% off! *Sighs and dances happily*
2. Fantasmarific Finds
Fantasmarific=Fantastic+Terrific. One of the main reasons I go to used book stores is the fact that I can get series that are no longer in print. Guys, when I was younger, I loved The Baby-Sitter’s Club series! My goal in life was to be a baby-sitter. Much to my dismay, you could not do it as young as was mentioned in the books.
My favorite character was (and still is) Mallory. She looked like me, and liked to write. I always enjoyed her books the most! That’s why I’m always on the lookout for one of her books!
Of course, there’s always Amazon. (Which, BTW, is still 50 cents more expensive than the used book store.) But seriously though. I have found many Baby-Sitter’s Club books while shopping there.
Then, there are also the fun collectibles, like bookish t-shirts, bags, and candles. Yes, that’s right. Candles that smell like books. What will they think of next?
3. You Get To Support Local Businesses
This is apparently a big thing nowadays. Local businesses are not big brands like Barnes and Noble and normally have one store. But, that’s kind of what makes them special. All Barnes and Nobles look pretty similar, but if you have a hometown used bookstore, it’s special to nowhere near as many people.
4. You Get To Meet Fellow Book Worms
If you open a used book store, it’s pretty much guaranteed that you love, love, love, love love, love love love LOVE books! You’d have to to be able to spend all day surrounded by them. In my local used bookstore, there are Harry Potter things everywhere.
There is a bulletin with flyers for Gryffindor Quidditch practice, S.P.E.W, and a “Lost Toad, please contact Neville if found” sheet. Funny thing the lady who runs it said:
There is a fine difference between people who see the bulletin board and say “Ooh, Harry Potter” and those who say, “You lost a toad?!”
Guys, that makes me laugh so hard every time I reminisce about it. #Bookwormjokes
Sigh. I should stop hanging out with bookworms. Just kidding! That will never happen!
5. Your Books Have A Story
Though you may not think so at first, it’s pretty cool what stories your books can tell. and I’m not talking about the one penned by the author, I’m talking about the one the readers create. Maybe the book was a birthday present, which turned into a favorite read, which is now in your hands and your favorite read.
Or, the book was a library book, that got passed around many times before it wasn’t. The librarian then took it to the used book store so it might have another home and another reader. That book is now in your hands. Nice idea, right?
Why do all of my happy dance GIFs have something to do with winter?
This is the “Haul” section of this post. While there, I got three books. I got Jessi’s Wish (Baby-Sitter’s Club book #48), Anne of Green Gables (I have wanted to read this forever), and……. Duh, duh, duh!
Wonder Woman Warbringer
I am so excited about this one. I knew it would be impossible to find at the library for a while, and it’s been on my TBR . so, lo and behold, there was a box full of new books, and this one was in it!
In hardback! And 10% off! Thanks Dad!
I hope you all enjoyed this post, and that you gave your local used book store a second thought!
On a more serious note, I’d like you all to remember the significance of today, 9/11 and the first responders who risked their lives to help our country.
On an also very serious note, let’s help and hope for those trying to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Harvey and those suffering from Hurricane Irma.
Do you like used book stores? What was your favorite “Childhood” series? What do you consider your best book find? I would love to know!