Hoarders, Books Edition [11]: Thrifting Ain't Easy


 Let me tell you why it's not easy:

  1. Because the books are cheap, you literally have to force yourself not to empty the shelves and into your cart. 
  2. Because you have the memory of a bird, you have to be careful not to take a book home that you already have.
  3. You lack self control. (See reason#1). 
This is what I've been doing the past month or so. I've found myself perusing the shelves of several thrift stores in the city with the excuse of looking for a specific book. After reading Stephen King's If It Bleeds, I have the itch to read four of the books featured in his short story collection: The Outsider and the Bill Hodges Trilogy. But I somehow end up going home with something that I was not looking for. That's okay. There's no greater feeling than finding that book you're looking for. Unfortunately, I only managed to find the first book in the Bill Hodges trilogy, so I may have to either keep looking or suck it up and buy the books new. After perusing my own shelves, I realized that I already owned Mr. Mercedes. So now, I have two copies. 

During my stroll along the aisles of the thrift stores, I also picked up a few classics: 



Who knows when will I be able to read these? *shrugs*

What about you? Have you found some good books while thrifting lately?

Comments

  1. I haven't been to a thrift store in a long time, but I saw one I wanted to visit recently. I'll have to go back when I don't have little kids with me. I have the same problem of accidentally buying the same book twice (or more if we're being honest) lol!

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    1. I really should stop because my hoarding is getting out of hand. Lol.

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  2. I think all of us book lovers have purchased s something(2) we already owned. Gezz, I've even reread something I previously read and reviewed by accident LOL

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    1. LMAO. I must admit I have not done that. :)

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  3. Cristina Monica @ Hit or Miss BooksJuly 20, 2021 at 12:26 PM

    I've kinda noticed that ''thrift'' books have become more expensive. Book Outlet's prices are waayy more expensive than 5 years ago say. A hardcover being 12$ that's not so cheap. At least there are Value Villages not too far from where I live, and books are no more than 6$ or less, but there aren't as many.

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  4. We have a lot of used bookstores around here (indie bookstores, in general) but my reading has been s blah lately that I haven't bought any either. I've been sticking with the library for the past 2 years.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. Oh man. Your commitment to reading the books that you currently own is commendable. Jealous of your self control!

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  5. I have bought a book come home sat down read the first few pages and been like....oh no I read this. It is usually when they reissue with a new cover! If I am buying hardcover it is usually pre-order. I no longer buy paperback and go with digital or audio instead.

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    1. I hate those! Also, like different titles of the same book. *facepalm*

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  6. I feel this, except that I prefer new books to used, so my grab-everything mentality ends up costing me some serious dough! I love to support authors, but I'm not made out of money, sadly, so I have to be careful :)

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    1. It's like, I must grab it before it disappears. Lol.

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  7. Lots of goodies in that picture! I can't wait to see what you think about each of them. I need to find a thrift shop here in Vegas so that I can fill up my library a lot faster. Let me start that search. Happy reading, Joy!

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  8. I love finding books at thrift stores and will show no self restraint whatsoever :):)

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  9. I am jealous! Our thrift store is not as awesome, nor is it cheap

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  10. I love thrift book stores and exploring antique books. We have some really good ones in my neighborhood. I love your book haul!

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  11. I love that you always go for the thick books!

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  12. I had to stop book thrifting because I'd bring home BOXES full of books. I had no self-control. Lol. You found some really great classics!

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  13. I love a good thrift store as well, but I have to control myself there. It doesn't help that my kids love the store too. I just received a gift card there which has me nervous haha.

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  14. I'm thankful for my good memory on books I own (or maybe it's because I generally have a small collection still that's why I remember all of them quite well) so I never end up buying duplicates. Thrift Bookshops are extremely fun though but thankfully I pride myself with a pretty decent self control.

    "I also picked up a few classics"
    *shows massive stack of books

    nice. hahaha.

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