Second hand bookshops Melbourne are in plenty and every book lover knows that when they are on a shoestring or tight budget, there is nothing better than to give in to a quiet leisurely time with a favorite book. This is when browsing through second hand bookshops are just the thing! Browsing through scores of exciting books at the local bookstore is a huge temptation to a bookworm and the thrill of sifting through books is unbeatable.
Melbourne has its share of second hand bookshops and the suburbs have a large array of bookshops that are crammed with books of every kind. This makes it fairly easy for a book lover to get his/her hands on coveted titles and best selling books for very reasonable prices.
Some of the best loved second hand bookshops Melbourne are City Basement Books (known as CBD) which is a veritable haven for the booklover who can stroll leisurely past thousands of books; Book Affair that stocks a wide range of books; Alice’s Bookshop that is situated in North Carlton that has antiquarian books and Carlton Secondhand Books on Swanston Street whose stocks of books is a treasure trove.
No booklover will be able to resist spending an afternoon at a secondhand bookshop. The best part of shopping at these stores is the fact that you are not really sure of the type of book you want to pick up and are ultimately thrilled and delighted at the books you finally find! The fact is that hundreds of booklovers who visit these second hand shops find themselves buying a book just because they fell in love with the cover!
Since one cannot deny that whiling away one’s time in a second hand bookshop gives great pleasure it is important to know some of Melbourne’s good second hand bookshops. Bookhouse on Fitzroy street has been operating for the last 21 years and has fine 20th century literature, children’s books, culinary titles etc. One of the best things for a book lover is to find little “mementoes” that have been left behind – like cards, letters, photos, pressed flowers, etc – in these second hand books! The owner of this shop Mr. Ben Kemp is known to leave them behind for the “next/new” owner to find and inherit!
Second Edition on Glenferrie Rd, sells good quality second hand books, vinyl records and vintage magazines. Booktalk Bookstore Café on Swan St was one of the first stores in Australia that had a café too! This store has more than 12,000 second hand books and offers a “book-exchange” program. Syber’s Books on 38 Chapel St specializes in the unusual, odd stuff that is usually hard to find anywhere else. From crime, sci-fi and literature to medical textbooks and biographies they have it all!
Second hand bookshops Melbourne like Sainsbury’s Books on 534 Riversdale Road, Camberwell has more than 20,000 books that are devoted to the arts and photography. Books for Cooks in Fitzroy cater to chefs as they have a fabulous range of cooking books. Finally, McLeod’s which is one of Melbourne’s oldest bookshop is a “must-visit” with over 35,000 books.