JACKPOT: perfect find for a rainy day! (Shop Review)


Recently a good mate of mine came home having bought the
bargain of the century and for the icing on the cake then lorded it over me for
the evening.  I am into books; I enjoy what
you might call the travel and adventure genre but I also love books on God,
leadership and the occasional historical read.
The book my buddy came home with was the hardback version
of Bill Bryson’s classic ‘A Walk in the Woods’ costing him just 33p –
unbelievable!   This set our imaginations
going and so over the past few months we have been visiting charity shops to
see what delights we can find!  It is
surprising the treasure you can discover and being new to charity shops I have
been delighted with the surprise and pleasure I have experienced in finding a
quality work in my genre of choice.
In our hunt I recently hit the jackpot!  I spied it one day as I drove to a meeting in
‘The Coffee Yard’, Hollywood.  The
jackpot came in the form of a solely focused second hand  bookshop run by Concern Worldwide (link to Facebook page) situated on
the outskirts of the town’s commercial area.
As I wandered in I was instantly hit by the sense I had walked into a
wee Oasis of bliss.  I was greeted by a
smile and a chuckle with the staff person whilst the welcome smell of books got
my juices flowing.  If I’m honest I was
stunned as it was the aroma you might find in a brand new bookshop such as
Waterstones.  As I looked around I was
aware of a growing smile appearing across my face.
The books are wall to wall and floor to ceiling.  All professionally categorised into genres
and each genre organised alphabetically.
The thing that blew me away was the condition of the books; they were
all almost brand new!  This is important
to me as I like my books to be as close to pristine as I can get them, I
confess I am a nerd!  The shop is that
complete I would put a metaphorical bet on that most well-known authors of most
genres are kept in the store.
With a complete package like this I understand why the
average book price was a little more than in most charity shops.  I was only too happy to part with my £10 for
3 – 4 books and chuffed that my tenner went straight into the coffers of a
great cause in ‘Concern Worldwide’ (link to national website).    Sadly it won’t buy me bragging rights of the
great value my friend had the other week but to my mind it is a superior find
and I will most definitely return another day.
If you like books and love reading I most definitely recommend a visit.
Of course if books aren’t your thing the same exciting
adventure with charity shops can be found in fashion, homeware, music and even
furniture.   What’s not to like in a
bargain that supports charitable and worthwhile causes.  McFinkle RECOMMENDS!

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