Reasons to buy second-hand books

My love for buying books second-hand has been reignited recently – I watched lots of thrifting hauls over summer and I realised that there are literally only benefits from buying used items! Today, I wanted to share the love –

  • As a student this is very important to me – it’s cheap!!
  • It’s good for the environment – less paper and production energy is being used, less transportation and delivery costs and waste, so what’s not to love? I’ve recently been making an effort to reduce my waste (especially plastic, but paper as well), and this is a fab, easy place to start.
  • You never know what you’re going to find – it’s rarely what you want but there’s always something good. It’s the thrill of the chase! The other day I felt this really intense draw to Oxfam and I just knew that in there would be a book that I’d really like and, sitting there on the shelf waiting to be picked up by moi, was a collected works of Oscar Wilde. I loved The Picture of Dorian Gray and I’ve been meaning to buy some more of his work, so I was ecstatic to find this!!
  • Generally the books are in great condition – I’ve bought a few that look like they’ve never even been opened.
  • There are always hundreds of classics: I swear, every single charity shop stocks One Day by David Nicholls. Every. Single. One.
  • This is a whimsical reason to be honest, but I’ve seen on Instagram a few times that people put cute notes into books – I definitely want to find one!
  • You’re getting cheap books and helping charity too.

If you don’t buy from charity shops, have a go! On books, they excel – honestly, you’ll struggle to limit yourself to just one or two!

8 thoughts on “Reasons to buy second-hand books

  1. It’s been soooo long since I’ve read a book because I just can’t seem to find the time, but I’m SO excited to read books again during the summer holidays! Usually, I just borrow books from the library, but buying second-hand books is a good idea too. Also, I’m definitely going to put a cute note in the next book I donate to charity haha
    Aleeha xXx

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  2. I love the idea of buying second hand books because there’s almost an extra story to the book in a way, I love the idea that someone has owned this book first and loved it as much as I’m about to! It is of course also so good for the environment! Lovely post x

    Erin // Everything Erin

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  3. Just a few days ago I passed by a vintage/second-hand book shop and suddenly I spotted a book that I’ve been wanting to read for so long but never got around getting it and I got sooo excited! Fun fact- the price of the book was exactly the amount of change I had with me that day! So now I’m finally reading The Gambler by Dostoevsky 🙂

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