Advanced search

Secondhand bookshops

(47 Posts)
MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Wed 03-Apr-13 16:04:19

So as not to hijack the Dorothy Whipple thread too much.

Clearly I'm not the only one who would rather spend time in a secondhand bookshop - or even a new bookshop - than in a fancy boutique or shoe shop.

Which are your favourite shops?

Also (or should this be a separate thread?) I'm going to be spending two or three hours in Hay-on-Wye soonish, haven't been for decades. Any particular shops to visit? I'm especially interested in fiction, literature and gardening. DH likes a good murder mystery so I assume that Murder and Mayhem is the bookshop for him.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Sat 31-Aug-13 14:27:13

Campaspe you're probably in there now! Let us know how you got on. I will be going some time next week, I'm looking forward to it.

lotsofdirections Sat 31-Aug-13 00:12:30

Charlie Byrnes in Galway

VJONES1985 Thu 29-Aug-13 21:47:17

The best one (and the biggest in the UK) is Baggins in Rochester, Kent. It's in a Tudor building sloping floors, ceiling high shelves that go back and back and thousands of books on four floors. It's a maze! And amazing!

GypsyJo Thu 29-Aug-13 19:53:36

Scarthin Books at Cromford in Derbyshire is brilliant. It's on about 4 or 5 floors, has a veggie cafe and lots of hidey holes, secret door and rooms of different genres. Shame it's about an hour away from where I live but I go as often as I can.

Campaspe Tue 27-Aug-13 19:03:45

MiddleAge - no, I haven't been yet, I'm going on Saturday. I will definitely be looking for Blackwell's and the Norrington Room. Thanks for the recommendation.

aoife24 Thu 22-Aug-13 13:38:16

I like rummaging in charity shops and just seeing what turns up, I love the serendipity of it. Obviously, some areas deliver 'better' findings but I find the Bethany shops are all worth an explore, not sure why that would be though.

MiddleAgeMiddleEngland Mon 05-Aug-13 08:45:55

Campsape sorry, have you been to Oxford yet? Only just seen your post.

If you've not been, Blackwell's in Broad Street is the place to go. Make sure you visit the Norrington Room, a huge underground room. Secondhand and Rare Books are now on the second floor, a bit cramped but worth browsing. They have an Art Book shop across the road.

Sadly, some of the secondhand bookshops have closed over the years, but Oxfam have two good ones, in Turl Street and St Giles. There are a couple of very specialist academic secondhand booksellers, but I haven't been in so can't recommend.

If you've already been, I hope you had a good time.

littlerach Sun 04-Aug-13 17:58:58

The Bookbarn is awesome - my friend and I and our three children spent over three hours there and came away with a stack of books each. And hey have a nice café smile
I can recommend Crabpot Books in Cley next the Sea in Norfolk - grea selection ad a friendly owner who knows her stuff.

Campaspe Mon 29-Jul-13 18:37:35

Here is a link about this children's bookshop in Bristol:

Campaspe Mon 29-Jul-13 18:35:21

Bookbarn - it's in Hallatrow, a little Somerset village just a short drive from Bristol/Bath. The books are stocked in a rather haphazard fashion, but you can uncover some real gems. Best of all, all the books are just £1 each. Well worth a visit.

There is a small, second-hand children's bookshop that has recently opened in Colston Road in Bristol. It's a rather quirkly little place, but well worth a visit. The owner is on twitter as @bookben76.

Are there any decent second hand bookshops in Oxford? I'm going there for a visit soon, and as a booklover, what should I aim to see or visit?

NowIncognito Sun 28-Jul-13 22:33:21

Anyone who is familiar with Barter Books in Alnwick - do you know whether they would give any credit for secondhand children's books (in good condition)? Going there in a few weeks, and not sure whether it's worth finding space in the car for a couple of bags of books the kids have grown out of.

michelleblane Fri 24-May-13 13:54:34

I know two people have already mentioned it, but Barter Books in Alnwick, Northumberland is a must. Books on everything, rare out of print, and up to date best sellers. It is in the old railway station, roaring fires, self service coffee and biccies in one part, or cafe with delicious food and seating in the old waiting rooms and buffet! I visit at least twice a week. If you take a bag of books, they look through them and give you credit. Any book you buy has the price and their stamp clearly marked. Then if you return it you get 50% back in credit. You can take your dog too and they have jars of doggie treats to help yourself to. (for the dog)

Limelight Mon 20-May-13 14:07:32

Absolutely Barter Books in Alnwick. It's my favourite favourite place in the world!

Bloodybridget Mon 20-May-13 13:59:33

For old children's books my favourites are Ripping Yarns in Archway Road, London, and The Haunted Bookshop in St Edward's Passage, Cambridge.

PatriciaHolm Thu 16-May-13 14:42:40

There is a lovely one next to the Ironbridge in Ironbridge gorge. Next to a tea shop so the kids and I ran back and forwards between DH and tea and cake and the bookshop!

Afrikasmum Thu 16-May-13 14:14:12

I very much enjoy a nostalgia hit with Jane Badger Books. She has an online bookshop selling vintage children's books, including a vast selection of pony books.

elkiedee Wed 15-May-13 02:21:32

I love charity shops - two of the best for bargains in north London are Dalston Oxfam and the Green Lanes (Harringay) Marie Curie shop near the Ladder roads.

In central London, Any Amount of Books is near Leicester Square tube station and they have a lot of review copies of books come in. If you buy a lot they'll say "call it x" so things often cost a bit less than marked prices.

SolidGoldBrass Mon 29-Apr-13 02:15:57

I went to Hay 20 years ago and I thought my head was going to explode. I love books and bookshops, but there were so many that I just couldn't cope and kind of ran about in circles wanting everything.

YorkshireTeaDrinker Sun 28-Apr-13 21:02:41

Scarthin Books in Cromford, Derbyshire is great. I too read a lot of e books since getting my kindle, but there is always a place for paper. Hard copy purchases now tend to be objects of desire rather than utility. Quick reads are done electronically.

LifeofPo Tue 09-Apr-13 19:17:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

TunipTheVegedude Tue 09-Apr-13 19:13:48

The Beverley one is fabulous. I always spend more money there than I do in any of the ones in York - probably because it is cheaper.

DH and I spent a weekend in Hay pre-kids and came away without buying a single book. Saw lots of things we wanted but nothing at a reasonable price.

OrWellyAnn Tue 09-Apr-13 19:07:37

Barter Books in Alnwick. They have some wonderful books there, I could easily spend all day, and there is a train running round above the shelves which keeps ds quiet. (for at least 5 minutes!)

iseenodust Tue 09-Apr-13 15:55:31

marissa what street is the Beverley one on please ?
Wigtown was great on a rainy day, just moved along to the next bookshop and some do fab cakes.

EggsEggSplat Tue 09-Apr-13 15:49:51

Bristol has at least two good Oxfam bookshops - the top of Park St one, and also (nicer in my opinion) the one on Cotham Hill, which has a very good range. They both have quite a lot of academic and non-fiction stuff as well as fiction, being so close to the university.

There is also the Amnesty bookshop on Gloucester Road, which is pretty big.

The other brilliant second-hand bookshop in Bristol is Bloom and Curll, on Colston Street, near the top of Christmas Steps. Small, quirky, friendly. Actually, I haven't been in that area for a while - I hope it's still going.

Pollaidh Tue 09-Apr-13 15:43:16

Hay on Wye is rather overpriced.

Edinburgh - book shop on the lower part of the Royal Mile, on the right hand side as you go up. Can't remember its name though. A lot of collectors items.

Betws-y-Coed - a bookshop near all the cafes. It's a small village so easy to find.

Cambridge - The Haunted Bookshop - collectors childrens books upstairs and a mix I think downstairs.

Bath - for cheap paperbacks the Guildhall Indoor Market is a good bet. Also an Oxfam bookshop.

Bristol - not sure if it's still there but there was a nice Oxfam bookshop in Clifton, on the Triangle/top of Park Street.

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now