Furniture, clothes, shoes, and accessories aren't the only find you can hunt for while thrifting. Add to you list BOOKS. Books to read, books to stack, books to craft into decor, books to refer to, rare books to collect, books to donate and even books to exchange can be found at not only thrift stores, but book fairs, book warehouses, book clubs on line or in your areas local shops.

Lampshade covered with book pages looks charming in a Goodwill book-nook.
Find ways to recycle books: create crafts.

Goodwill books for as little as .50 or even $1 for hardcover books.

Books stacked as lamp riser.

Pottery Barn Sienna Lamp set in front of
 wall covered in book pages.

Although places like Salvation Army and Goodwill can have an assortment of books to hunt through, if you're looking to expand your reference library, while staying on a budget, try used books. Some major chains carrying used books are Amazon, Borders Books, and Barnes & Noble. But you can also google used books and used text books in your area. Here are a few of  the Miami area local book shops:

Kafka's Cyber Cafe
1464 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Get Directions

Utopia Books
1627 Jefferson Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139-7602
Get Directions

Fifteenth Street Books
296 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134-5009
Get Directions

Book Barn Book Exchange
10597 Southwest 40th Street
Miami, FL 33165-3747
Get Directions
305) 223-0531

*Books & Books
265 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134-5046
Get Directions
305) 442-4408

On a side note, but still related to books, one of our area local shops, *Books & Books, recently ventured outside its comfort zone north to Westhampton NY. Apparently the location Books & Books selected was too close for comfort to their areas local books shop, The Open Book.  Why the discomfort had to reach a level of vandalism to the books (like "someone" coming into Books & Books and sticking wads of chewing gum between the pages) is beyond my comprehension. I wish the Open Book would just embrace their new neighbor, get along, and maybe even just help each other out. You can read the article here at Bookstore Arrives and Sides Are Taken.

Books & Books Shop - Miami Beach

They have a few locations down here in Florida - Miami Beach, Bal Harbour, Coral Gables - and the Cayman Islands as well. Although they aren't as thrifty, they do have a modern setting and a comfortable local atmosphere where you can find unique and design and architecture books. They also frequently have special events, both for children and adults. An event that will be happening tomorrow at the Coral Gables location is Real Housewife of New York City, Jill Zarin will be hosting a book signing this Friday(8/20) at 6:00pm.

And since "Books Do Furnish A Room", an upcoming post will feature some book styling inspiration, tips, and vignettes. What are some ways you use books to craft with? How do you display your books?

Remember though, some books just make
 "appealing coffee table books."

Happy book hunting this Thrifty Thursday!

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