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Love Books? Never Pay Full Price Thanks To These Amazing Secondhand Retailers

I’ve loved books for as long as I can remember. By the time I could read, I was adding books to my birthday wish lists and maxing out my library card. Ya’ll, at one point I begged my dad for more bookshelves for my room and when he delivered I created homemade library cards for my sisters to officially “check out” books from my room.

Books have forever been my friends.

I love learning about places I’ve never been, I love walking in someone else’s shoes. I think it’s fabulous to discover words I don’t know and there is nothing better than falling in love with a series.

But. Of course, there is always a but. Books can get expensive! Right?

Libraries are the obvious answer. Free! And we put ours to good use. Our family constantly has a full library basket of amazing fiction and nonfiction and we’re frequently listening to a library audiobook. But we still buy books on occasion - ok, weekly. In those cases, I’m always on the lookout for a deal.

I love supporting our local bookstores and hit up Amazon when I must, but my favorite way to purchase books is at some of these secondhand book retailers. Pre-loved books are just the best. I hope you find some fabulous books at even better deals soon!


Thriftbooks has a ginormous assortment of books all at discount prices! I just scored two books my kids needs for their book studies (Flora and Ulysses and The Wheel on the School) and Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy for myself as I’ve been wanting to read more about him. All three books, two of which were hardbacks cost me just $15 shipped! If you’re new to Thriftbooks, you can get 15% off your first order!

Orca Books

The downtown Olympia shop is so fun to browse and their inventory is available online through Alibris too. You can sell here too! Sort your books and swap old favorites for new ones!

Value Village/Savers

Browsing Value Village’s books is one of my kid’s favorite “field trips”. They know we always leave with at least 5 because most stores offer a “Buy 4, Get 1 Free” deal!

Goodwill Books

We shop brick and mortar Goodwill stores for books, but if I can’t find what I’m looking for, I LOVE that they have an online portal for book browsing too.

Ophelia’s Books

Don’t visit Fremont without popping into Ophelia’s! The cats are sweet and the books are many! You can sell books here too and purchase through their Amazon storefront.

Powell’s Books

In college I lived in Portland and thus, lived at Powell’s Books. If you’re a book lover, this bookstore is a bucket list destination for sure! As the world’s largest independent bookstore they’re bound to have what you what to read next. You can shop at one of their Oregon locations or online.

You know what is even better than an on sale book? A free one! If you have a strong reading circle within your social media circle, put out an ISO and see if someone has whatever you’re looking for. Or, swing by a Free Little Library and swap for a book surprise! Today I picked up The Nest for my next fiction read and a children’s biography of Annie Oakley for my daughter.

Happy reading!