If you find yourself reading The Little Engine That Could for the seventy-eighth time through gritted teeth, it may be time to introduce some new books to your child’s shelf.
But brand new books can be expensive – especially given some may not prove as popular as The Little Engine That Could, and you may only read them a couple of times before your child wants something a little more challenging.
Secondhand books, on the other hand, are widely available in Perth, are usually in good condition and are just a fraction of the price of brand new books. If you’ve never considered buying second hand books, you may be pleasantly surprised with what you find.
You might start by checking out some second hand bookshops, which is usually where you will find the best quality books, because most shops pay cash for quantities of books, such as Elizabeth’s Secondhand Bookshop in Fremantle and Perth. You might even find some forgotten treasures from your own childhood, as they often stock difficult to source books.
You can also find children’s books in op shops for as little as ten cents each during a sale – yes, even op shops have sales! Some op shops will have a large array and some will have very few, so it might be a case of shopping around until you find one locally that has a large collection.
For more great items you can find in the op shop, read on here.
Op shops usually stock lots of kids books
Libraries often sell off used library books to make way for new stock. You will have to check with your nearest library as to when their next sale will be or even sign up to their newsletters for further information.
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The Town of Cambridge Library, for example, has a rolling book sale, in which ex-library books are added on a regular basis, with books ranging in price from ten cents to a dollar. You will find the sale in the reading room at the library.
Some famous titles we've found on the second hand circuit
While most markets are a fantastic way to find second hand kid’s books all over Perth, dedicated children’s and baby markets are even better. There’s less rummaging through masses of treasure (or trash) in the hope of even finding age-appropriate baby and kid’s books, and you can be sure most of the books you do find are targeted towards children.
They may not prove the best quality compared to other outlets, but they are usually cheap and you can buy boxes of books for a set price. You can find out where regular markets are held here.
If you love traipsing around looking for weekend bargains in your own neighbourhood, then garage sales could be a goldmine for children’s books. You can find garage sales the old fashioned way – by driving around the streets, looking for the strategically placed cardboard boxes advertising a sale, or you can embrace technology and check online at sites such as Gumtree. Sellers will often list the range of items they are selling online, so it could be worth making a note of those that have listed children’s books.
So get searching and you can finally kiss goodnight to The Little Engine That Could.
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