I am a book horder. That may be apparent by the fact that this entire blog is inspired by and about books and the impact they have on my life. It is also more apparent by the fact that I buy more then 5 physical copies of books every month that I post about every end of the month in a book haul, but I digress.
The world has a lot of books living inside it, and in those books, live even more vast and exciting worlds. I live for reading and learning about those worlds and the people inside them. I can’t help but want for more books every time I go out. However, my biggest, most beloved enablers are the thrift stores in my neighborhood.
I thank God and the Universe, and every thrift store owner everyday for their existance. Within them are many books. Books that are so cheap and wonderful that every time I go to a thrift store I come out with at least one.
However, this post is not just a confessional. It is place for me to let you know, dear reader, why.
Going to a thrift store and finding a book you’ve been wanting to read feels like finding a piece of treasure that was discarded only to be found by the one who would appreciate it most. It makes me so excited to see a book I’ve been dying to read just sitting there waiting to be picked up by me. Even better is finding a book you have never heard of, but by doing a bit of research, finding that it is something that you could easily fall in love with.
Often the books I find were never read, perfect mint condition copies in hardcover or paperback waiting to be purchased for only $1-$2 dollars! Through purchasing at my local thrift store I can obtain up to twelve or more books for the price of one. The ultimate deal for the cheap book worm!
All the thrift stores I go to support great causes. So while I am feeding the book lover inside me I am also helping out The Cancer Society, the Salvation Army, and Goodwill. Imagine that by buying books you are also helping a mother or child get better treatment for cancer. It may not be much, but I hope that over time it really does make a difference.
Another thing I love about thrift store books, is that you often find things inside them. A post card, a receipt, a letter, a wayward bookmark, or even a airport confirmation statement. All these things are like finding treasures within a treasure and I love seeing what pieces of another’s real world life I may end up finding.
For me going to the thrift store is a bit like gambling and I am a bit obsessed. You never know what you may find. What treasures may be unraveled inside. Or what kind of items you may discover within those books. Sometimes, I feel like finding a book within a thrift store is a bit of a twist of fate. I feel like it ends up being meant to be.
Where do you buy books? Do you ever go on a trip to the thrift store? If you have, what is the most memorable thing you have found?
Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed this little confessional. Let me know your thoughts in the comments.
-Till next time!