My local town is well served with charity shops. Moving up the high street in order we have, Bernardos, Oxfam, Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation, Age UK and finally Phyllis Tuckwell (a local cancer respite charity). There is also a charity bookshop run by Rethink, a mental health charity. All told, it is a town well provided when it comes to used goods. Every now and again I enjoy a browse around their book shelves to see what I can find. I could have come away with a lot more today, but have to limit myself, otherwise my TBR pile will get out of control. The picture shows my small haul from today. I swear that none of them look like they’ve been opened so I could have bought them brand new at Waterstones. The various shops have differing views on pricing. Phyllis Tuckwell is by far the cheapest at a blanket £1.20 per paperback and Oxfam is the most expensive at £1.99. The British Heart Foundation has the most stock and best range of the classic charity outlets. But by far the nicest place to browse for 2nd hand books is the Rethink shop. The volunteers are friendly and chatty, the books are clearly priced, but if you go to the counter with an armful, they often take a look at what you’ve got and say something like “oh just give us £5 for the lot.” Of course, I always overpay on occasions like that. The only problem with Rethink is that it has notoriously unreliable opening hours. So when I wandered up there today, I wasn’t surprised to find it closed.
I am struggling to write my follow-up post for “Reading Around my Area”. I hoped to get it out this week, but am catching up on the reading I need to do for it. I will get it out next week, promise! This weekend I am walking in the South Downs with my bookclub girlfriends – I have a feeling we may get rained on.