Backstreet Christmas Day 1: Secondhand books


Ever since we were born, I think, my siblings and I have received a book for every occasion: birthdays, Easter, and Christmas. Brisbane has heaps of wonderful independent bookstores but also some great indie second-hand bookstores. I love second hand books – not only is it repurposing an item instead of buying new (I’m trying to do more of that this Christmas, and in general) but I like to consider where those books have been, and who has loved them before I did.  

Archives Fine Books 
40 Charlotte St, Brisbane City 
Specialising in rare and unusual books, Archives' claim to fame is that they have over 1 million books in their store. It's a lovely place to be--creaky floors and the smell of musty pages--and you're likely to find a truly unique gift. Prices for most of the books are $5-$20. Rare and unusual books are priced accordingly. 

Bent Books 
205 Boundary St, West End  
A brightly-coloured gem in the heart of West End, piled high with tomes of all kind. It looks a little disorganised at first glance but everything is incredibly easy to find. Pricing is very reasonable and staff are super helpful. 

Logical Unsanity 
3 Morgan Tce, Bardon 
A bookstore that’s open 24 hours? Yesyesyes. Logical Unsanity sells new books as well as secondhand, rare, and even antique books. If you’re needing to make room in anticipation of receiving lots of books for Christmas, they also buy books. 

The Book Merchant Jenkins
19 Dornoch Tce, West End
I’m actually yet to visit this bookstore, which opened in September by the team behind Logical Unsanity, but the fact it is located inside a historic Church in West End is reason enough to visit. Stained glass windows, polished floors, and walls lined with books? Yes please.

Like Logical Unsanity, they have a bit of everything but specialise in rare and antiquarian books across a range of genre. Check out their Instagram for a sample of some of their gorgeous stock.