I don't often post links to things, but I did enjoy reading this http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/article6722196.ece article last night about the purchase of second hand books and second hand bookshops and what one can get for £10.
The Oxfam bookshop in Oxford is one of my haunts (although I prefer the one in Thame as it tends to have more interesting things - perhaps because it has less traffic?), and I picked up an Angela Carter in there earlier in the week for my VVV. I'm interested that they say that people won't find a bargain; I do find their books to be at the expensive end of the charity shop market, but I am happy to pay £2.99 for a paperback even if I can get it marginally cheaper on Amazon because I know that the money is going to charity.
(I'm also intrigued that the Glasgow branch takes more money - do the Scottish buy more expensive books?!)
(Afraid I'll be posting my book review over on VVV again today as I read Novel on yellow paper last night...)
**edit** I've just heard that I've got money to go to a conference in Cambridge this September. Including a reception at Heffers bookshop! Which sounds good, even though I don't yet know what sort of books they sell. But I wondered if anyone can recommend good second hand bookshops in Cambridge. Particularly ones which might help me with the VVV).