5 minutes walk from the place I stay, there is a Christian charity shop named Christian Community Action (CCA).
I paid a visit with my family on Valentine’s day and my husband found some gem buy 2 days ago, cluttering our living space with one antique Chinese turquoise receptacle for wine and a porcelain soap holder, both costs £1 each. I wouldn’t say it is a clutter because I fell in love with the wine receptacle. The bottle cap serves as a cup and it is engraved with 4 Chinese characters that said “Wan Sou Wu Zhiang”, Long live without end.
The items found in the charity shop are so cheap. The cheapest I had ever seen among all the Charity organisation-backed resell shops in the UK. Used clothes not more than £6, even a good overcoat. Little porcelain items not more than £1, a teak wood TV stand at £5, rosewood cabinet at £30 and the books! Oh the books! Hardback at 80p and paperback at 50p. Dirt cheap. Oxfam would sell used books at £2.49. I got myself a hardback edition of Michael Crichton’s Next, which is in my “plan to read” list. I would read it and told myself if I can’t sell it over the Internet, I would return it back to the same shop, along with many of the books that I no longer want to keep. My way of saying Thank you and supporting charity. The shopkeeper didn’t let me go away without first showing me a card trick.
Later in the evening, I checked http://www.Amazon.co.uk for possible profit making from reselling of the books, there is not. Most book sellers are already selling at £0.01. If only I can find a way to ship these hardbacks to Asia, I would make a business out of them in second hand book shops.
For the time being, I am just happy to find another place to get cheap books!