This was not a new experience for me – I’ve been on plenty of previous occasions and enjoyed it, but I felt that it was worthy of a post due to how fantastic the book stall is now.
Whilst in my memory it was a fine stop to make for a little browsing of secondhand paperbacks, it was nothing spectacular. Now, however, it’s got one of the best collections of Penguin Classics I’ve come across: look at the picture below – 6 big boxes full.
The key to a stellar collection though, is not just the amount. It’s also about the variety of titles (bestsellers and more obscure names), having a mixture of covers (utilitarian and iconic) and the condition (the older the better, but not completely falling apart) of the books. This book stall hits all these requirements, hard.
Putting the books in individual plastic bags is brilliant – it means they even stay beautiful once they get put in my bag.
Every time I came across a title I was considering buying, I took a picture; I thought it would help me whittle down my list of possibilities. In the end I had to stop because the other browsers were giving me funny looks. I can’t resist sharing them here, though.
But first, the lucky three books that got to come home with me:
The Bell Jar and Mockingbird are two of my all-time favourites but these covers are new for my shelves. Ever since watching ‘Faulks on Fiction’ The End of the Affair has been on my ever-expanding to-read list.
When paying for them I got into a conversation with the two guys who run the book stall. One of them was lamenting the sale of their Plath as he’s fond of the cover. As I was putting the books in my bag, he noticed my Christie Penguin Classics bag and we ended up talking about buying T-shirts from Out Of Print. (Another reason for this stall being my new favourite place for book buying: a lovely chance to nerd out.)
I left a very happy customer🙂 I just wish the market wasn’t only there at the weekend – although my bank balance probably doesn’t share that feeling.
And now, it’s time for the highlights reel: