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      Something Wicked This Way Comes...   10/09/2019

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I suppose it depends on the shop!  The one I go to has books divided into the usual genres, so you're probably best to look under non-fiction if they don't have a philosophy section. 

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Very much depends on whether its a charity shop specialising in books or not. Many of the usual "general goods" shops might just have a few shelves of unwanted fiction. The ones concentrating on books will have a wide selection with many genres all sorted into their own areas. I've seen pretty much most things in the more specialised ones.

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It also depends on what books people are donating to the charity shop - they'll mostly try and sell whatever you give them, so unless you look, you'll never know!

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The only charity shop I've ever seen (I live in New Jersey) is Goodwill. I'll have to stop in and see if they have books. Most of my books come from library book sales. There is a website that tells you where and when to find them. Rare is the book costing more than $3.00.  The best sales, of course, are held in the libraries of ritzy towns I couldn't afford to buy lunch in. But these people are readers and they'll donate books in a wide variety of categories. 


Some of these sales go on for 2 or 3 days and the key is to get there early on the first day and get in line ahead of the people who sell on Amazon or B&N.  I know they're just trying to make a living, but I was shopping at these sales before most of them were born; they get no sympathy from me. ;)


Oh, and most of the books sold are not library books so don't have the ink stamps and plastic covers. 


I don't really mind dog-eared pages or a few stains on a book that is difficult to find. I can live with that. And since the only way my books will be sold is over my maggot-ridden corpse, I don't care about resale value.


This is my first post so just let me know where I screwed-up and I'll try to do better next time.




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