Shop now Shop now</arg> Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Listen with Amazon Music Unlimited Shop now Shop now
Customer Discussions > fiction discussion forum

Charity Shops and Books


Sort: Oldest first | Newest first
Showing 1-25 of 38 posts in this discussion
Initial post: 9 Sep 2011 19:19:22 BDT
Any suggestions where you can go to get a concentration of charity shops all near each other that are good for second hand books? Is there one particular town or area that's better than others?

Posted on 10 Sep 2011 14:02:01 BDT
Lichfield works for me: Five all in the same street. Good stuff too - I picked up three novels (by John McGahern, Justin Cartwright and Patrick White) and a biography of Anthony Burgess for £5.50 in total.

Posted on 11 Sep 2011 14:12:02 BDT
M. Dowden says:
Gwyneth, be careful, some charity shops are rip-off merchants. I took some stuff for my mum a while ago, and they were charging more for an old top of hers than she paid for it brand new. That is the case in London anyway. I know a few years back I was in Hereford and Oxfam had two shops in the town, one with the usual array of merchandise, and the other a bookshop. I have heard that there are other Oxfam bookshops around in other places.

Posted on 11 Sep 2011 15:11:31 BDT
Lez Lee says:
Gwyneth, there's a big Oxfam bookshop in St Mary's Place, Newcastle. It's very well organised and had helpful, enthusiastic staff. A few years since I've been but I got several books I'd been looking for at good prices.

Posted on 12 Sep 2011 18:25:42 BDT
Tonkalou says:
I agree that Oxfam bookshops are very good, but I've also noticed that Heart Foundation general charity shops sort their books out into categories. This saves you a lot of time if there's something specific you want, rather than a general browse. I always check it out first, before buying the book brand new.

Posted on 12 Sep 2011 18:30:28 BDT
Roroblu'sMum says:
Some of the charities have online stores, and Hay On Wye has a book festival every year, and I picked up some 70's gems from there that I'd been after for years. Whereabouts are you based?

Posted on 12 Sep 2011 19:16:10 BDT
Roroblu'sMum says:
Some of the charities have online stores, and Hay On Wye has a book festival every year, and I picked up some 70's gems from there that I'd been after for years. Whereabouts are you based?

Posted on 14 Sep 2011 17:46:45 BDT
M. Dowden says:
I've only been to Hay on Wye once, I was staying at Hereford and travelled there for the day. There were so many shops with books in I could have stayed there for at least a month. : ) There was one shop I went in and I was carried away by the number of prints of old maps.

Posted on 12 Apr 2012 12:27:30 BDT
bright-spark says:
Oxfam seem to have increased their book prices, use to be £1.99, now £2.49 and £2.99. As a pensioner I needs to look after my pennies these prices are over the top.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2012 12:32:51 BDT
Hi, I'm actually in Kilkenny in ireland. we have very few charity shops compared to the Uk so i love any chance i get to shop over there. there are a few more charity shops springing up here now but the selection of books wouldn't be as good.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2012 13:40:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Apr 2012 13:42:20 BDT
Maria says:
The Works has cheap books £1.99 or 3 for £5.00, so that often works out much cheaper than charity shops. They sometimes have collections on special offer too. Some charity shops are cheaper than others, some ridiculously over price the books. Edited to add don't forget the Amazon special offers and sales too.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2012 20:51:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Apr 2012 20:54:06 BDT
LEP says:
Surely you aren't going to travel miles, Gwyneth?

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2012 20:53:15 BDT
LEP says:
The Oxfam bookshop online is good. I've had books via them and they are always in very good condition.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2012 22:28:34 BDT
Well i go to Oxford once or twice a year because my mum was from there so i do as many bookshops then as i can. i did go to hay on wye one year too after a man i met in Oxfam books in Oxford told me about it and that was fantastic! Any other town of books as good as that??

Posted on 13 Apr 2012 00:51:50 BDT
I can't vouch for whether they'd have the sort of thing you're looking for, but there are a LOT of charity shops in Hove (as in Brighton and Hove) along Blatchington Road and the adjacent George Street, there's like, 15-20 of them, and all but a couple sell books. Again though, I don't know what you're looking for, I managed to get every teen fiction series first novel that I was looking for in one trip, but I don't know how you'd do for old maps! There are also some secondhand bookshops in Brighton and some charity shops, but of course it depends somewhat on how much time you have and how able-bodied you are (though the bus services are good, if you bought an all day saver you could ease the journey somewhat.)

Posted on 13 Apr 2012 11:06:17 BDT
Lilian says:
Not a charity shop, but have you tried Green Metropolis? It's an online bookseller and all the books are £3.75 and post free. They also buy back, so it's a win-win situation :-)

Posted on 31 May 2012 08:34:24 BDT
P. A. Wells says:
Why are oxfams prices for secondhand jewellery and records priced so ridiculously? compared to other charity organisations.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 May 2012 09:59:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 May 2012 10:15:26 BDT
JudeC says:
One of the Blatchington Road ones is a specific Oxfam bookshop. Brighton also has one of those (in the North Laine) and a British Heart Foundation bookshop too (near Preston Circus).

Posted on 31 May 2012 15:20:54 BDT
Fantastic charity bookshop in Stratford-upon-Avon run on behalf of the Shakespeare Hospice. Incredible range and the money goes to a local charity too!

Posted on 31 May 2012 15:36:11 BDT
Doublell says:
I never begrudged the money I used to spend on books in charity shops. Another source of cheap books is shops that sell remainders. These are books that publishers sell off to clear their stocks. I picked up 8 books in the Inspector Banks series by Peter Robinson for around £5 from a remainders shop in Hastings. As has already been mentioned, Amazon is a good source for used books. A local building society and a local pub both have tables where people can leave used books they no longer require. These books can be purchased by leaving donation in a charity tin.

Posted on 31 May 2012 17:25:48 BDT
R. Leppard says:
Car boot sale are brilliant for books usually from 50p each.

Posted on 31 May 2012 17:52:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 May 2012 17:52:59 BDT
Oxfam shops that are dedicated to just books are very good, but as it has already been said they have bumped up their prices. I don't mind so much because it is a charity that is benefitting. However, although times are tough on charities at the moment (loss of government funding has hit hard and donations are down), their customers are also feeling the pinch and so they may start losing their regular buyers.

I occasionally go by train to Bolton for the day. The town centre is awash with charity shops, most of them very close together, but the book sections in them are not very big or usually particularly interesting. The market stalls in some of the towns near me that buy as well as sell books are of interest though. I often do part exchange on my sugarcraft books and sometimes it costs me nothing to exchange one with a book I may have only paid a £1 for.

Posted on 31 May 2012 20:50:37 BDT
Rootbeer says:
On the charity shop book note- anyone noticed how ridiculously frequently some titles and authors appear in charity shops- not always the best sign of a good book- im thinking ben elton titles, and 'An interpretation of murder' by Jan Rubensfield seem standard ones to see. Any more?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2012 06:32:32 BDT
Furny says:
Rootbeer- 'The Da Vinci Code'- Although I liked it, many it seems didn't!

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Jun 2012 22:19:00 BDT
Well popular books you will always find them in charity shops. Most people who own them give them to charity shops after they've read them, or their freeing up space, moving abroad etc.
‹ Previous 1 2 Next ›
[Add comment]
Add your own message to the discussion
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Prompts for sign-in
 


Recent discussions in the fiction discussion forum

More Customer Discussions

Most active community forums
Most active product forums

Amazon forums
 

This discussion

Discussion in:  fiction discussion forum
Participants:  28
Total posts:  38
Initial post:  9 Sep 2011
Latest post:  20 Jun 2012

New! Receive e-mail when new posts are made.
Tracked by 3 customers