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My Used Guide Assortment – A Lovely Mess


For years, I’ve been accumulating used books. It’s change into one in all my most treasured “me time” hobbies. I usually take a weekend journey to my favourite used bookstore proper because it opens and fill my cart with stunning, previous books.

We just lately added library cabinets to our eating room and a separate kids’s library upstairs in our house.

I’ve been accumulating greater than regular, and I assumed it could be enjoyable to share a few of my suggestions for accumulating reasonably priced used books.

dining room with built-in bookshelves

Why used books?

One in every of my very first part-time jobs in school was in a used bookstore. I liked every part concerning the expertise, however particularly organizing and searching by previous books. Once we moved to Nashville, I had only a few books, and after we added flooring to ceiling bookshelves, I made a decision to specifically store for rainbow books.

It was each a design assertion and a strategy to deliver extra attention-grabbing issues into our house. I spent greater than a 12 months searching for books and amassed an enormous assortment of books on topics that impressed me: gardening, rocks and minerals, dream decoding, child names (haha, I really like old fashioned child identify books), adorning and crafts.

At first, I’ll admit, I used to be extra centered on accumulating by shade to fill my cabinets. Over time, I should have modified through immersion although as a result of now studying is one in all my prime hobbies.

For that motive, I extremely suggest filling your house with books whether or not you assume you’ll learn all of them or not— it might change your life!

Used books are reasonably priced (I usually purchase books for 25 cents!) and sustainable.

My favourite factor about previous books is the sense of historical past. I’m at the moment studying an previous copy of Harry Potter with somewhat woman’s identify written in enormous letters on the aspect pages.

I’m additionally obsessive about a Tarot card reference guide I’ve that is filled with notes in handwriting that appears kind of like my grandma’s.

I really like these little presents from the previous! Often, I purchase a used guide with a library card nonetheless in it … so particular!

Finest locations to buy used books?

My favourite place to buy is a big used bookstore in Nashville (McKay’s if you’re native!). I additionally at all times test the guide part at any thrift store or flea market I go to, although I gained’t normally make a cease simply to test for books.

Property gross sales are an important useful resource. Because the books all come from one particular person’s house, they usually have entire collections on sure topics. I just lately scored a bunch of portray books together with an easel and previous oil paints at an property sale.

Relating to buying on-line, I purchase nearly all of my books from ThriftBooks. I used to be joking with Emma that I’m in all probability about to get a certificates within the mail that claims I’m their primary buyer.

I additionally purchase fairly a number of books on eBay. I discover eBay is the very best place to search for entire collections. I accumulate Nancy Drew, Goosebumps, American Ladies books, and fairly a number of different nostalgic collection that I learn as a toddler.

Do you actually learn your books?

That is one thing individuals at all times ask me. I believe that to some individuals, seeing a big house library appears wasteful and even egocentric. I disagree with that perspective.

Whereas I’ll in all probability by no means have an opportunity to learn each single guide in our house, I consider studying as a way of life and an effort that’s by no means wasted.

There may be worth in having numerous books in your house even when you aren’t studying them but. It modified my life! I went from being not very focused on studying to studying a guide nearly each week over the previous few years. And I ponder if the rainbow guide assortment made a distinction for me?

For our youngsters’s library, I’m hopeful that getting access to numerous books will assist my youngsters get into studying. I don’t wish to push them too arduous, however I’m hopeful that having the books proper there’ll assist spark an curiosity for them. Fingers crossed!

I additionally accumulate numerous nonfiction books that assist my hobbies (portray, ceramics, crafts, inside design, and we’ve a big cookbook assortment).

These books are used so usually, whether or not for reference or simply thumbing by them for inspiration.

collection of books about ghosts

Accumulating books by topic

I recommend leaning into your private pursuits and passions when accumulating books. Above, you possibly can see my ghost guide assortment. It’s extremely particular to me and I LOVE it. I add to it on a regular basis.

I really like spooky and supernatural subjects, so I accumulate books that feed my obsessions. I additionally accumulate books about witches, vampires, tarot, dream decoding, and aura studying.

A couple of of my favorites: Bizarre Hauntings / Hollywood Ghosts / Ghosts I’ve Met / Coraline / The Hidden Dimension

Ideas for accumulating a collection

As I discussed above, I accumulate numerous collection for our youngsters’ library. If you wish to skip the work of accumulating a collection over time, I recommend checking eBay for full units.

In the event you don’t thoughts taking your time to hunt books down, I recommend making a guidelines that you just preserve in your purse or in your telephone in order that it’s at all times with you. I’m gradual accumulating a few of my units and have been engaged on them for greater than a 12 months.

In the event you attempt to accumulate a collection and not using a record to test off, you’ll by chance purchase numerous duplicates, so make sure to discover a technique that works for you!

My favourite collection to gather for youngsters: Harry Potter, Nancy Drew, Goosebumps, American Ladies and A Collection of Unlucky Occasions.

Harry Potter book collection

Right here’s my Harry Potter assortment. I collected the hardbacks for the previous 12 months after which used these matching mud covers to make them right into a shiny new set.

built-in bookshelves with colorful book collection

I actually hope this encourages a few of you to start accumulating used books. Let me know in case you have any questions— I’m completely happy to speak within the feedback.

For extra inspiration, try Emma’s favourite self assist and happiness books and comply with us on IG the place we regularly host guide discussions. xx- Elsie


Victoria Joy
I am an independent lady, working hard to share my ideas from my experiences to the whole world. I want people to be happier and to understand that your life is very very important. Walk with me and experience the beauty this world can offer by following simple logical steps.


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