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October 2, 2013

Teen Board: A Book Hipster’s Guide, Part Two

Now that we’ve mastered the basic steps to dealing with hipsterdom, we must now learn how to shop like a book hipster. This is the easiest and the most fun of all the things that make us book hipsters what we are. And, even better, we get to take some cues from Macklemore.

You bought and read the new hot topic from Barnes & Noble last week just so you can have the pride of saying you read the book before seeing the movie, but you realize that you’re left with a meager $10 in your pocket, which is certainly not enough to buy anything off of the New York Times bestseller list . Your bookshelves are looking a little dusty and need some new flare, but gosh, where do you find new books for $10?

That, my friend, is where thrift shopping comes in. Though many tend to equate thrift shopping with clothing, thrift stores are actually stockpiled with gently used, awesome books. You will be a bit hard pressed to find the latest in YA, but it’s still possible to find some incredible reads for insanely low prices. And, if you’re lucky and search hard enough, you’ll find things for free!

Now, before you become a thrift store tycoon, we must discuss the finer aspects of thrifting. There are two types of stores to look out for: the used book store and the legitimate thrift store. You’re more likely to find cheaper books at thrift stores --- with paperbacks usually .50 cents and hardbacks around $1 --- though at used book stores you’re more likely to find cool deals, such as store credit and the ability to sell and trade books. Thrift stores will also have much smaller selections than used book stores, though don’t let that scare you away. It’s a lot easier to browse through a thrift shop’s book section and find some cool stuff, whereas used bookstores can be a bit crowded and overwhelming. If you decide to venture into the fierce jungle of your local used bookstore, be prepared to spend many joy filled hours sifting through shelf-after-shelf of rad things (though your parents might not be too happy about it).

Also, if you’re looking for anything like foreign novels or some college-level things, you’re more likely to find them at used bookstores, especially ones near college campuses. Students are always selling their old things, which includes their collection of French poetry. You’ll also find a lot of other useful educational tools, too, such as dictionaries and reference texts.  

The most important thing to remember about thrifting, though, is to routinely go back and check out your local hot spot. You might not find something today, but there’s no telling what might be there tomorrow. The shelves are constantly changing. After you go a few times, you’ll start to notice how often the store updates the merchandise, and then you’ll be able to work your shopping schedule around that. Thrifting is a game of patience!

Those are the basics. It’s now up to you to find the right routine and locales for you, so that the next time you pop some tags, you can walk into the club like what up I got this new book for like a dolla --- hey! Turn that music down. I can’t concentrate.