My favorite used bookstore by far is Piccolo’s Bookstore (aka the one dollar bookstore) where you guessed it, every single book is $1.00. It’s amazing guys. There’s a decent collection of YA and children’s books with a splattering of manga and a shelf of graphic novels and comics. The adult collection is more expansive including everything from nonfiction to biographies to self-help to regular fiction. I’m not kidding you when I say I bought some hardcover novels that are usually $20 that are now $1 including the Da Vinci Code with full-color photos. I highly suggest this place but it exists only in Socal :(, here’s the link to all the locations. But with any used bookstore, it can be hard to find exactly what you want so I thought I’d give a few tips to navigating these types of bookstores.
Tips for making the most out of a used bookstore
- Look for popular authors that have been popular for a while now and have written multiple books
- Examples: Stephen King, Nicholas Sparks, Stephanie Meyer, Sophie Kinsella, Chuck Palanuik, James Patterson
- Look for fantasy books that usually come in mass market paperback
- A lot of urban fantasy series (Kate Daniels, Charlaine Harris)
- Go in with an open mind
- Buy the hardcovers
- Most of the hardcovers I’ve found have been in perfect or near-perfect condition
- Make a list by genre
- Most used bookstores don’t really have a rhyme or reason to their order but some of the ones I’ve been to have ordered them by genre.
- Store credit!
- Some used bookstores offer store credit for books you donate so keep an eye out for that
- Used Bookstore suggestions: Any thrift store (Goodwill), Piccolo Books, Bookman
Hardcover (all in near perfect condition):
Paperback (In very good condition):
It obviously depends on the day you go; I probably would have gotten more YA if their selection was better that day. And last time I went I got more YA than adult so there’s that. Let me know what your favorite used bookstores are and how you navigate them!