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Initial post: 26 Jul 2012 20:55:27 BDT
Hi, can anyone tell me if there are any good areas or towns around Chester where i could find loads of charity shops that sell books? I'm going to the outlet in Chester but would like to spend a second day stock piling some books and i dont know this part of England at all. Thanks.
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Posted on 26 Jul 2012 23:11:28 BDT
Hi Gwyneth, I go to Chester as often as possible as I enjoy the shopping there. In the city centre the best place to aim for charity shops is Frodsham Street which is off the main road(pedestrianised area). If you go as far as Marks & Spencer (there are two opposite each other) you've passed it (stand outside either Marks and look for the clock that goes over the high street, walk towards the clock and take the first right, that's Frodsham Street). Down there you'll find a Barnardo's on the right hand side (not bad) on the same side of the road if you keep going you'll find Hope House (Quite good) after you come out of Hope House cross the road (be careful its the main bus route in) and you have Claire House opposite (Good the whole upstairs is a book section). Come out of Claire House and turn right, follow for a few shops and you have Shelter and another I cannot think of the name at the moment. After Shelter you have two good ones British Heart Foundation and next door an Oxfam bookshop, both of these shops are well stocked ( I always check them both before buying as Oxfam may be a bit cheaper).
If you return along Frodsham Street back to the High St and turn right you have Smith's and under the clock and further up on the left there is a Waterstones (this is the pedestrianised section). If you find Waterstones, when you exit the shop, if you turn left and follow the footway (you are above street level due to the historic structure of the buildings) and go round the corner there is a second Oxfam Shop on Bridge Street Row, this also has a good selection of books (all subjects) and music. there are a couple more but I feel I've given you enough of a challenge so far, I can do all of these in a couple of hours but I am familiar with there locations. Good luck and I hope you enjoy Chester it's a lovely city.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2012 10:30:43 BDT
Thank you! What a fantastic reply! Never expected such detail, that's wonderful! G

Posted on 27 Jul 2012 11:00:44 BDT
Well done N.A. Spencer. Great answer. I would add though, that some of the small bookshops (non-charity) on the Roman wall are sometimes cheaper than charity shops, especially for paperbacks. Also I'd point out that one of the best charity shops for books is in Eastgate Street, but I can't remember which charity it's for, it might be the Alzheimer's Society.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jul 2012 14:14:29 BDT
LEP says:
I've had books from Oxfam via Amazon Market Place and I have to say that they are about the best for the quality of their second-hand books. On AMP, sellers will often sate that their books are very good or good quality and when you receive them they are far from it. However, I have been really impressed with Oxfam.

Posted on 27 Jul 2012 21:53:11 BDT
Richard A Ridley, Hi, I have been to a couple on the Roman wall before, one I think was called Bluecoat books, who do new books at discounted prices and offer a wide variety of genres, there is also a second hand bookshop next door which is also worth a look. However, I was being a bit cautious with some of the slightly further out bookshops in case the original poster was limited for time or might get lost. I'm not sure about the one in Eastgate street but I've not been to Chester for a few months so will investigate when I'm next there.

LEP Hi, I must admit that I have seen books for sale from differing Oxfam locations on Amazon and E Bay but always had this vision that they may be sorted by volunteers and the descriptions could be a bit inaccurate. After reading your post and your experiences with Oxfam I may have to give them a try. Thanks
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