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Where's the Best Second-Hand Bookshop in Adelaide?

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by Natasha Stewart (subscribe)
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Published July 14th 2011
In Adelaide we're slowly seeing some of our big bookstores closing down, thankfully there are some fabulous independent bookstores and also some brilliant second-hand stores. As someone who loves reading and loves owning books I often find that second-hand stores can be my favourite place to pick up books. I've got a few places in Adelaide that are my favourites, but I want to know yours as well.

Become a Book Collector at a Bargain Price

Antique Market
32 Grote Street, Adelaide

When you make your way through the treasure trove that is the Antique Market you reach their second-hand books right at the very back. This is the perfect place to get lost and peruse the books for hours. This place is great if you're looking for classics, non-fiction, or Australian books. This is probably my favourite place to go looking for books, because I really do feel free to just explore to my hearts content.

East Avenue Books
53 East Avenue, Clarence Park
East Avenue Books is a delightful spot for a bit of book browsing. The small store is located in the suburbs just outside of the city, and it provides a good selection of new novels and classics. They also have a great selection of Australian authors. For the avid book collector you can also get your hands on some first editions and signed copies. This place has a really friendly environment, and staff who are only to willing to help you out.

Inside East Avenue Books

The Rotary Book Exchange
Cnr Towers Terrace & Aberfeldy Avenue
The Rotary Book Exchange have got some great new books in a really good condition. They are also willing to accept books for exchange, that means that if you bring a book in to swap you can get half the value of it back off another book. The shop is manned by a mixture of paid staff and volunteers who will help you out with any queries. This place is best at stocking popular fiction.

Maisie's Books
73 Jetty Road, Brighton

This is a lovely little shop found on Brighton's Jetty Road. They have a really good collection of books, and friendly people to hep you out. You'll find some really nice cafes nearby, so I recommend having some tasty breakfast before having a browse. You could also pop in and grab a book to sit at read while you enjoy a nearby coffee. They have a great selection at really reasonable prices.

There are so many other great ones around, I couldn't even dream of naming them all. That is where you come in, and I hope you'll help us out. So have you found a spot I haven't mentioned that you just need to rave about?Or do you frequent one of these fine establishments?

Tell us all the goss on where we can fine Adelaide's finest second-hand bookstore.
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By celes12 - reader
Thursday, 21st of July @ 12:58 am
Thanks for the link! I've never come across this bookshop before, but will have to check it out. I don't spend too much time in the hills because I don't drive, and I live a fair way away, but next time I'm in Stirling I'll check it out.
By Natasha Stewart - senior reviewer
Thursday, 21st of July @ 01:43 am
Well, it must be Maisies if you can get a coffee and waste an afternoon in a book.
By Justine Kelly - senior reviewer
Monday, 18th of July @ 02:32 am
In the Northern suburbs the best place for books is OARS OpSHop. Especially as they have all thier pre-read books on special for just 50 cents each. Plus they usually have free books just outside the door. Can't beat that!!!
By misty - reader
Tuesday, 2nd of August @ 03:21 am
Lions Club of Glenside Bookmart located at 4 Kennaway Terrace (by Tusmore Park) has a wonderful range of second hand books, including a range of children's books. Manned by volunteers with funds distributed to charities the Bookmart is open Friday to Monday (F&M 10-1, S&S 10-3)
By ptee9 - reader
Friday, 27th of April @ 12:22 am
Oxfam Secondhand Bookshop
7 Hutt Street, Adelaide
Bet you can't leave without buying something!
By Keryn James - senior reviewer
Friday, 28th of June @ 12:06 am
Edwardstown Rotary Bookshop
Towers Terrace Edwardstown
open 6days a week
Community owned, community run and all proceeds to local and International projects
Community event this weekend Saturday 28th June including bbq and special guests!
huge range of books, great atmosphere including coffee, cool drinks, internet café and quiet places to sit and read.
Friendly happy staff/volunteers
Come and say GDay !
By marc. - reader
Tuesday, 24th of June @ 11:46 am
By Anonymous
Friday, 24th of August @ 07:39 pm
Hi does anyone know where i can get med-large leatherette bined books similar size and colour for props...vintage style :)
By Anonymous
Monday, 5th of November @ 12:53 pm
Bookworm on Valiant Road, Holden Hill. Run by a charming lady, with a wide range of books of all topics, well organised and well set out. I have spent way too much money in there.

Clem's on Vale Avenue, Valley View. An absolutely huge range of books, as well as magazines, old toys, vinyl records, stamps, posters and coins. Wow. Crowded and cramped with stock, but well worth an afternoon (or more) of browsing.
By Retired Writer 185368 - senior reviewer
Sunday, 18th of November @ 03:28 am
Semaphore Books 5/135 SEMAPHORE ROAD. EXETER nice collection of Military ,,BIOs ,,Australiana ,Magazines .Comics
By poddi - reader
Sunday, 24th of February @ 11:46 pm
Friends of Salisbury Library Book Shop, at Salisbury Library, John St. Salisbury. Open 7 days (Library hours), Great Selection, Fabulous Prices.
By pmmg - reader
Tuesday, 26th of February @ 02:08 am
O'Connell's Bookshop, in Hindley Street, is Adelaide's oldest secondhand bookshop and has thousands of books in every genre possible. They always have unusual things you don't find anywhere else.
By james - reader
Tuesday, 2nd of September @ 12:37 am
Blackwood Book Exchange (has Facebook page)
By Laura Parsons - senior reviewer
Sunday, 22nd of November @ 05:36 am

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