No one has ever become poor by giving – Anne Frank.
As everyone knows by the amount of bookish posts, photos and quotes I love to share, I have a bit of a thing for books. My bookshelves are overflowing, and I mean overflowing. I need a library, or a house, or somewhere to store them all, otherwise they will end up in random piles that I will have to strategically dodge day and night. One of the reasons that I have so many unread books is because I have a bit of an obsession with buying books from charity shops. Charity shops are a brand new world in their own right, with stories from across the globe and characters to fall in love with over and over again. Here are some of the reasons why I will always enjoy a good book haul from the local charity shop.
BOOKS FOR CHEAP
Nobody will turn their nose up at a book that costs £1! Absolutely nobody. I admit that I do love buying brand-spanking new books straight from the likes of Waterstones – it’s my favourite place in town, but I won’t say no to spending a couple of quid on a couple of new* books. You could buy twenty books for £20 instead of the usual three for the same price. There is an entire season of new books to indulge in with less of the price tag.
*new books to me.
MONEY GOES TO A GOOD CAUSE
It always helps to think about the fact that the money goes to charity. Whatever charity shop you choose to shop in, there are people who will benefit from every penny you spend. As much as money from stores helps the author, the word of mouth from books bought in a charity shop will help spread the word about those incredible authors, too. There is never enough money for charity. Every little bit helps.
GET TO EXPERIENCE A STORY SOMEBODY ELSE HAS READ
There is something magical about holding a book that has been read with someone else’s eyes before you. They could have perceived the story in a completely different way; loved the characters you hate; figured out a connection of themes that are incoherent to you. There are a number of different ways to read even though it is a simple thing for most. That is the magic of it (I always go on about the magic of reading) – that even though we read the exact same words, a completely different story resonates with each of us.
READING OUT OF THE USUAL COMFORT ZONE
Each time I walk into a book store, I head to the same section every single time. Young Adult. It is my favourite genre of book and I am not afraid to admit it. However, when I head into the charity shop, it is either a mini bookstore with delegated sections that are easy to whizz through, or presented in alphabetical order with a mix of genres. It is easier to scan through a huge variety of books in a charity shop which leads to a more inspirational, influential bookshelf from all aspects of the book world.
GIVING THE BOOKS BACK AND CONTINUING THE BOOK LOVE
Although I try to hold onto all of my books, I do have a purge every few years – it means multiple boxes of books that I don’t particularly love with my heart and soul any longer. These boxes head straight back to the local charity shop to share the love with new readers and book lovers alike whilst donating more money to those in need.
Do you shop at charity stores? What are your reasons for it?
Love, Faye xo
Pictured are some of the books I have collected from charity shops over the years.