Vintage/thrifted book hauls

A new collecting bug bit me over the summer, thrifted books. Working in a library means I have access to just about any material I wish, therefore, I rarely purchase books especially new ones. Finding older editions of classic titles or novels I’ve been meaning to read is a different beast altogether, and I’ve been tackling it with abandon.20180903_103202Acquiring more volumes for my overstuffed bookshelves isn’t the brightest idea, nor is my to-be-read list lacking, it stands at 600 titles already. But coming across these discounted books and claiming them has been a nepenthe for melancholy moods. I’m sure all readers understand the comfort in escapism.20180903_101921These 10 books, plus one other were gifted, found at thrift bookstores and online vintage booksellers or are library donations bought for a quarter. Of course there are no rare valuables, but some interesting editions and cover art:20180903_101702The following were gifted by two different former students of my husband, Sherlock Holmes’ Casebook now holds a prized spot in my Holmes collection. 20180822_093942A 1968 Educator Classic edition, specifically designed for libraries. With a gorgeous muted color palate, margin annotations and illustrations, it has timeless appeal also an unfortunate pen hole through it’s cover.20180903_103556The Last Man in Europe is special for a couple reasons; it’s not old, published in 2017, but a student picked it up from The Strand bookstore in NYC for $1, reason enough to cherish it. Although, he got it for my husband who taught 1984, because it tells the story of George Orwell’s composing of the novel as he slowly expires from tuberculosis and explores the legacy of the dystopian icon. The Last Man in Europe was Orwell’s original title for 1984, such a cool thrifted find! Currently residing in my husband’s classroom, but I’m going to have to sneak a read.vintage books (2)I’ll feature some of my new favorite classic covers, The Sun Also Rises circa 1970 and a c. 1999 Brideshead Revisited, soon because I’ll be reviewing both for my reading co-challenge. All of these were purchased from Bookish Pursuit, an online thrift retailer. I don’t know how I came across Stacy’s etsy shop, but I know her flash sales are dangerous. I enjoy the special packaging touches with every order, it’s the little details that make bookmail such fun. The junior editions of The Odyssey and The Illiad were irresistible eye candy to my inner history geek, such vibrant covers, both c. 2005.20180903_102302My husband is not immune to thrifting either. We stopped at Mac’s Backs Books in Coventry in July and he nabbed two more weathered additions for his Agatha Christie library. Christie’s mysteries are his preferred summertime read.20180903_133503I was excited to catch a paperback sale at Wordery Books, UK and jumped on this $5 copy of The Handmaid’s Tale, by Vintage London. The graphic minimalism of the design is perfect for the stark content.20180903_133235Imagine my disappointment when taking it out of the package revealed a tear in the vellum-like sheet adhered to the soft front cover. It was only $6.37 shipped, so I can’t complain too much, I’m hoping a dab of glue can fix it up.20180729_115233This pretty sweet library-donated 1973 edition of The Fellowship of The Ring has a beautiful pastel cover highlighting the journey to Mount Doom. I’m embarking on this epic read as soon as I finish this post. Technically it’s still summer, I’m counting it for my summer tbr fulfillment.

Book resources found here:

The Strand | Bookish Pursuit | Mac’s Back’s-Books | Wordery 

Have you acquired any stellar thrifted or vintage finds, or are you a fresh, new book buyer? Do any of these titles catch your eye, what read are you enjoying?

10 thoughts on “Vintage/thrifted book hauls

    1. There aren’t a ton of book sales spots in my area, but working in a library provides lots of rotating stock, donations, withdrawals, advanced arcs, etc. I hope I can frequent more thrift book shops soon, it is such fun.

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  1. LOVE this post! All this yummy book eye candy. I do have a weakness for book thrifting. I bought some Hobbit books from for party favors and one of them had a few family photos tucked inside and another had a sweet inscription to a granddaughter. The various editions and book art always lure me in. I love your LotR and Sherlock books along with the mythology ones. The books tied up in twine are gorgeous! Happy thrifting!


    1. Thanks Julie. It’s a wonderfully addicting hobby, spying those vintage gems and unusual editions, I usually love the pricing too because it’s frivolous to purchase new books when I can borrow them. Ooh, photographs are a sweet find, I try to look past the inscriptions, I actually hate to see a book’s been given away that was intended as a heartfelt gift by someone:/
      But I guess it’s okay if it goes on to somebody else to love.


  2. Aw, this is lovely – a great item to collect, because like you pointed out, (some) books are not too, too expensive, plus it gives you all that lovely time to paw around used booksellers’ shops to see what little treasures you can find. But 600 to-be-reads! Holy crow, good thing you don’t live in an apartment – your collection would crash through the floor of your neighbour’s livingroom! My parents love going to Value Village (a chain of secondhand shops here in Canada, maybe just Ontario) to look through their offerings; they always find something noteworthy. My mom, who is here helping me with renos (let’s be honest, she’s doing most of them) just said she and my dad have probably 3,000 hardcovers in their house. The paperbacks get bounced after reading, because they’re unattractive and don’t look nice on a shelf!

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    1. Lol, the 600 is mostly digital, not physical. I’m much more of a borrower, except for a few collections I have going. I am absolutely enjoying pawing through the stacks and am starting to bust at the book seams, could use another bookshelf.
      Wow, 3000! What a library, hardcovers dominate the shelves space-wise but outlast paperbacks, so I don’t blame them.


  3. I’m a huge fan of thrift books. It’s a great way to grab great books cheap. I had no idea about the books resources you suggest. Thanks for recommending. Sometimes I like just to look.


    1. I’m becoming a devotee myself. Oh, good, glad I could provide some useful information, you are welcome:) Be forewarned, it’s a rabbit hole, but definitely fun to browse.


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