Secondhand: Oxfam Secondhand Bookshop

In Adelaide we’re slowly seeing some of our bookstores closing down, thankfully there are some independent bookstores and also some second-hand stores. As someone who loves reading and loves owning books I often find that second-hand stores can be my favourite place to pick up books.

I have hundreds of books, really far too many. They are everywhere, on shelves and in stacks in every room. But I can’t resist adding to my collection. I buy them from all the usual places; online; in book stores and in secondhand book shops.

The Oxfam Bookshop has over 20,000 books in all categories at Adelaide’s lowest prices! The stock is forever changing as it relies purely on donations and all of the staff are volunteers.


All proceeds support the work of Oxfam Australia. The staff are volunteers. The books are donated. And the proceeds go to charity.

Every time I’ve visited Oxfam Books on Hutt Street I’ve left with something. The selection is good, with lots of classics on offer as well as a great mix of newish volumes – and really great prices too.

One of my favourite pass time activities is buying books. As bizarre as it sounds, I consider getting a great deal on books as an achievement and quite therapeutic in a very weird way. After one such successful raids at a bookstore, I acquired quite a few secondhand books.

I bought a Total of 7 Books for A$28. Here’s my Haul:


The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix – This is the first five books in The Keys to the kingdom series – 5 for A$20.

Seven days. Seven keys. Seven virtues. Seven sins. One mysterious house is the doorway to a very mysterious world — where one boy is about to venture and unlock a number of fantastical secrets.

The Keys to the Kingdom is a Fantasy-Adventure Book series written by Garth Nix, published in seven books between 2003 and 2010. The series chronicles the adventures of Arthur Penhaligon,, a 12-year-old boy who is chosen to become the Rightful Heir of the House, the centre of the universe.

The Key to Rondo by Emily Rodda – This is the first book in the Rondo Series – A$4.

There are three rules to the old painted, music box: Wind the box three times only. Never shut the box when the music is playing. Never move the box before the music stops.


The Rondo series is a Children’s Fantasy Novel trilogy written by Jennifer Rowe under the Pen Name Emily Rodda. This book follows the story of young Leo, and his cousin Mimi. Leo has a beautiful, exquisitely detailed music box, which is a gift that has been handed down from his ancestors. There are three rules that they must stick to. But when Leo’s mischievous cousin Mimi comes to stay, she breaks one of the rules.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – A Bind-up  Edition of the first three books in the Anne of Green Gables Series – A$4.

Everyone’s favourite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.


Anne of Green Gables is a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery. It recounts the adventures of Anne Shirley, an 11-year-old orphan girl who is mistakenly sent to Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, a middle-aged brother and sister who had intended to adopt a boy to help them on their farm in Prince Edward Island. The novel recounts how Anne makes her way with the Cuthberts, in school, and within the town.

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