I forever find myself in here at lunchtimes. In a world of dull chain bookstores with the same set of books for sale in every store, coming to charity bookstores like this has become a must if you want to get anything outside the norm. This store is a pleasure — it’s week laid out, always tidy and the staff are great. The record collection is interesting and there are even comics for sale in the back. Love the place.
Place rating: 5 London, United Kingdom
When I’m worked to the limit and just one more keystroke may send me into a state of hysteria, there is only one remedy I rely on. I log off, grab my bag and briskly stride with my head down to my little safe haven at the foot of Strutton Ground. While the market bustles and boils outside, Oxfam is a little bubble of books and charming old time music. Whereas other charity shops overflow with used copies of Fifty Shades/James Patterson/whatever tripe Richard and Judy happen to have been pushing on the public lately, this Oxfam is always overflowing with a great selection from some mysterious benefactor who seems to share my taste in literature. The books are more than fairly priced, often in absolutely pristine condition and there are sometimes treasures to be found such as first editions/publisher proofs. All this and with the added bonus of knowing that the pennies you shell out for your treasured finds are actually going somewhere worthwhile.