Posted by: Lisa Hill | May 21, 2011

Op Shop loot

Round the corner from my place in the local shopping centre, I am blessed with a multiplicity of Op Shops.   We have a Salvos, a Vinnies, and two other charity shops, my favourite of which is the one that supports the Animal Protection Society.  Some of the donors to these Op Shops have very good taste in literature because I have been able to buy any number of beaut books there, guilt free!

Today’s loot comprises David Lodge’s The British Museum is Falling Down, July’s People by Nadine Gordimer, Howard Jacobson’s Roots Schmoots and Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding.  (Don’t scoff, it’s in 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die.)

$1.00 each, total price tag $4.00. Not bad, eh?

What bargains have you picked up lately?


  1. LOL Lisa, none as I’m trying to avoid them. My TBR is so huge I am trying to stay away from book sellers if I can (which is of course easy tomdo here in Japan). However, That is great loot I must say.


    • Are you buying other interesting things in Japan?
      The Spouse and I watched The Iron Chef for the first time tonight, and I have to say that as an advert for modern Japan, they have a looooooong way to go with their representation of women!


      • I don’t buy a lot when I travel but have bought some art museum catalogues.

        Have only watched Iron Chef once, a few years ago but didn’t like it at all.


        • I do that too. But we snookered ourselves at the Prado, we were worried about excess baggage (needlessly as it turned out) so we decided to buy their catalogue online once we got home.
          And it’s not available!


  2. The first time I used the term “op shop” here in the UK I was met with blank looks. They call them “charity shops” here, but I much prefer the Oz term, because they are shops full of opportunities, aren’t they?

    I’m lucky in that I have many terrific Oxfam shops nearby and only last week I had a bit of a potter in one and bought Jane Gardam’s Old Filth for £2. I also picked up Jane Urquhart’s The Underpainter — she’s a Canadian author KevinfromCanada has recommended a few times.

    As for your purchases, I can highly recommend July’s People — brilliant, brilliant book! And I have very fond memories of Bridget Jones’s Diary back in 2000. I borrowed it from T when we first started going out. I think he must have been reading it as part of “research” — ie. to find out what goes on in single women’s heads. LOL.


    • Those are good buys, Kim. I’ve noted that review of the Urquart book myself…


  3. I just recently started checking out the bookshelves in my local op shop. I went in looking for dress up clothes, and came away with some books, not that my TBR needs it either. I got a couple of titles for my 1001 Children’s Books reading- Betsy Byars The Eighteenth Emergency, and Eleanor Farjeon’s The Little Bookroom. All for $1.50! I really hated Bridget Jones all those years ago. Haven’t read any of your other finds.


    • I love Eleanor Farjeon – I used to have a beautiful illustrated book of her poems when I was a kid but we had to leave it behind somewhere when we moved.


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