Are you a big fan of second-hand bookshops? Would you like to visit one or two? How about checking out a few from our list of 10 of the best used bookstores in Pennsylvania below?
Over 25,000 books line the shelves of this quaint used bookstore in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Opened by mother-and-daughter bookworms in 1996, the store continues to be a hive for readers looking for their next great adventure in literature or a chance to find a rare treasure.
In addition to the large collection of books available, some of them rare editions, there is a host of old photos, art, and other collectibles in the store. Customers can shop in person Wednesday through Saturday. You can also shop online, sell or donate books, and place requests.
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2. Mostly Books
Mostly Books in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The shelves of this used book store hold more than 100,000 books. The bookstore originally opened in a smaller space in 1997 but has since moved to a warehouse filled with various genres.
Customers can browse through books that include everything from old romance paperbacks to full volumes of encyclopedias. There are memorabilia, records, CDs, and knickknacks. Customers can sell or even trade in their books for store credit to purchase other items.
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Among the small shops located on the edge of the Penn State University campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an independent used book store called The Last Word Bookshop. Their books are organized into sections so that customers looking for a particular genre can browse easily.
Whether you are seeking out a cheap paperback to read on the train, educational literature, or something else entirely, there is a good chance you will find it among the many used books located in the store. They are open daily from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. for browsing.
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If you are looking for an exceptional used bookstore in Havertown, Pennsylvania, you should drop by Cathy’s Half Price Books. This bookstore got its start in 2004, originally opening with a small number of used books. Now, the book carries more than 600,000 titles on its shelves.
Cathy’s book collection includes new, used, and rare selections in a variety of genres that span from children’s books to self-help and contemporary reads to plays and classics. There are also plenty of DVDs, including Blu-Rays, CDs, and other merchandise from which to choose.
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The Saucony Book Shop in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, is unlike most other used book stores you will find. The more than 20,000 books housed in a two-story barn are not available for public browsing but are open only by appointment to those seeking high-quality second-hand volumes.
The owners have been selling books online since the late 1980s. In 2004, they opened their first bookstore, which relocated to its current home in 2015. Those unable to browse in person, can view and purchase available books online and have them shipped directly to them.
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Since 1998, Cupboard Makers Books has been the home for quality used paperbacks and hardcovers in Enola, Pennsylvania. With more than 120,000 secondhand books to choose from and another 5,000 new selections, you will be spoiled for choice among their shelves.
The book store also hosts numerous book clubs, book signings, and other literature-related events. Jason Haring and Michelle Mioff-Haring are the owners of the shop and of the four cats who roam the store and interact with customers. Some of the cats are even published authors!
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The Liberty Book Shop in Avis, Pennsylvania, is a small, independent book store with nearly 50,000 volumes of previously loved books. Customers are welcome to browse the shop during open hours Thursday through Saturday or by appointment during the off days.
The owner offers national searches for rare titles and certified appraisals of rare books for insurance, estate, or donation purposes. The bookshop also features its own BnB, with two rooms available that include overnight access to the shop for those interested in spending the night.
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Brian Frailey opened Dog Star Books in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, after five years of selling books online. It was a realization of a dream he had possessed since high school. The books sold by this shop include a variety of genres, especially the uncommon and rare ones.
Books can be purchased in-store or online, with a 5% discount for repeat customers. In addition to a quality collection of used books, the physical shop sells vintage advertising, memorabilia, collectibles, 8 and 16-mm films, original photos and slides, CDs, and vinyl records.
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Looking for a quality used book store in Spring City, Pennsylvania? You should visit Bramble Books, open Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This bookstore is filled with a great selection of used paperback and hard cover books.
In addition to the books they sell, there are also other items of interest for sale and a resident cat to help you choose your purchase if you require some assistance. Select items are also sold online through their website if you are unable to get to the bookstore to browse in person.
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10. York Emporium
York Emporium in downtown York, Pennsylvania, offers more than 500,000 used books for sale. The book store is open 5 days a week for anyone to browse the many titles they have to sell. Fans of military memorabilia and other antiques will also be pleased with the selection.
The emporium also hosts several events that include a local chess club, weekly tarot readings, jam sessions, book signings, and author Q&A sessions. Those who love an eclectic space filled with well-loved books, novelty items, and community building will love it here.
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