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Secondhand and Antiquarian Bookshops in the UK 2020



Curiosity Antiques Centre, Carmarthen - bookroom closed.
Corran Books, Laugharne - closed.
Goldstone Bookshop, Carmarthen - recently opened.

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7 The Arcade
High Street 
CARDIGAN  Ceredigion  SA43 1HJ   map
tel: 01239 614632
Open: Monday & Tuesday, Thursday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00. (Thursday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00 in winter.)
A wide range of books to suit everyone at reasonable prices.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsOpened only a few months ago this bookshop is right at the end of an Arcade which runs between numbers 6 & 7 High Street. There are probably around 5,000 books on the shelves of which around half are fiction. There are no specific specialities and nothing pre-war. However, it is just so good to have a secondhand bookshop back in Cardigan which, in itself, is a most pleasant town. - Chris Harte 28.02.15.
    Hard to find - keep going down the arcade don't give up! Nothing of great interest other than Wales s/h and new which are good. Agree Chris H encourage these new shops. - Norman Davies 03.07.15.
    Right at the far end of a long arcade running off the main street in Cardigan. A wide and varied stock priced at almost rock-bottom levels. - Graeme Rendall 22.10.15.
    Closed all of January. - Chris Harte 15.01.18.
    Much less stock than previously pictured online and described. About 4 full shelving units, mostly sci fi and horror paperbacks, with a couple shelves of children's,miscellanea, and a small stack of records. Was looking forward to more from what I've seen and heard online. - Sean Nodland 22.12.19.

Books Plus
7 Northgate Street
ABERYSTWYTH  Ceredigion  SY23 2JS,    map
tel: 01974 272613
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 4.00.
A small second hand bookshop which also sells antiques and collectables.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsA two minute walk eastwards from the Oxfam Bookshop finds this recently-opened second-hand bookshop, which has taken up residence in a former bric-a-brac/gift shop (and has inherited many of the old establishment's more random items as well). The stock is fairly small although reasonably wide-ranging and well laid out, with very affordable prices. The owner may have previously had a bookstall in the indoor market on the other side of town. - Graeme Rendall 22.10.15.

Cardigan Antiques Centre
30 Priory Street
CARDIGAN  Ceredigion  SA43 1BX   map
tel: 07974 935712
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 4.30, closed Wednesdays. Sundays during the holiday period.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsI walked in expecting to see a varied quality of goods from the twelve traders who are in the Centre. What I found was one booth of solid books and four others with fairly reasonable holdings. To my amazement I picked up two 1875 volumes and quite a few other decent titles. There is no speciality but it is worth visiting if you are in the town. - Chris Harte 28.11.11.
    The books section has multiplied in size. I spent three hours examining the shelves and can honestly say that there was a miniscule amount of poor quality. Most was top drawer especially the motor racing and naval sections. Filled the car boot with purchases. Prices were so low I twice queried their correctness. Well worth visiting. - Chris Harte 03.07.14.
    A real find in the book desert of west Wales. Agree Chris H - small selections but way above antique centre norm. Good prices and discounts. - Norman Davies 27.01.15.

Carmarthen Antique Centre
56 Priory Street
CARMARTHEN  Carmarthenshire  SA31   map
tel: 01267 222006
Open: 7 days 10.00 - 5.00.
30 shops under one roof stocking everything from antiques to vintage, kitchenalia to military.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsA typical West Wales antiques outlet recently opened. Easy parking outside. Seven large bookshelves and numerous boxes of magazines. Strong on Welsh language, military and railway titles. Nothing special but worth a look. - Chris Harte 04.12.13.
    Disagree on easy parking and is fair walk out of town but well worth it if in the area. Welsh books in English and Welsh particularly good but also amazing pamphlet-type unit. - Norman Davies 03.07.15.

Carmarthen Community Bookshop
16a Wood's Row
CARMARTHEN  Carmarthenshire  SA31 1BX   map
tel: n/a
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 2.00.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsA recent move from a local industrial estate has seen this charity bookshop open in new premises in the centre of Carmarthen. There are books on both floors of the building which are all well classified. Parking outside is a bit of a problem but the walk from a nearby car-park is well worth the effort. - Chris Harte 03.01.18.

Carmarthenshire Rare Books
Milford House
87 Lammas Street 
CARMARTHEN  Carmarthenshire  SA31 3AY   map
tel: 01267 223343  e-mail
Open: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9.00 - 3.15.
General secondhand and some antiquarian books, Welsh interest.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsThis is the place to go for really rare titles. Obviously very strong on Welsh material. Last two visits have seen me depart with a full box. - Chris Harte 14.04.09.

Carningli Centre
East Street
NEWPORT  Pembrokeshire  SA42 0SY   map
tel: 01239 820724  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
About 10,000 books on many subjects including Wales/Cymraeg, natural history, railways, art and crafts, cookery, Penguins, science, poetry, plays etc, etc. On the main A487 (between Cardigan & Fishguard) in the centre of Newport. Free car park in Long St.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsFrontage on main road gives no indication of what is quite a treasure-trove reaching down through rooms full to the brim of interesting titles. Muddled, musty and somewhat eccentric but worth a stop if you are passing. Junk room a must for railway buffs. - Chris Harte 03.09.09.
    This is an antique centre dominated by old railway signs so inevitably it is good for railway enthusiasts with a good collection of well priced books on railways. Not sure the rest of the stock is very interesting but some good local books. - Norman Davies 30.07.11.
    Revisited and same comments - paradise for a railway enthusiast, also worth a look for other s/h books, extensive local and fiction collection. - Norman Davies 27.01.15.
    A highly enjoyable shop with more than just railway memorabilia - a lot of interesting things to see plus a wide selection of books. Well worth a visit. - Nick Harris 05.12.15.
    Over ten years since my last review and as stated by Norman Davies very good for railway buffs. Otherwise, the stock is dull but there might be the odd treasure hidden away. Closing time is now 5pm: "On the dot," as I was gruffly informed. Chris Harte 06.02.20.

Cofion Books and Post Cards
Bridge Street
TENBY  SA70 7BU   map
tel: ?  e-mail
Open: N/A

 Add a comment  Hide commentsA tiny shop jammed with huge piles of books, in a small lane off the harbour, and close to the National Trust Tudor Merchant's House. Not easy for persons of rather a large girth like me - very little room to move or breathe! - Richard 28.08.12.
    Tiny shop with books stacked high. Great collection of postcards. Afraid to move many books in case it caused a landslide. Thought I saw the remains of one customer beneath a pile of Welsh mythology books. Worth a visit. - SteveBrissle 06.09.13.
    Under the thousands of books crammed into a small shop I'm sure I saw the remains of a well-known Hay-on-Wye bookdealer's ego. If only the friendly owner could show his wares properly he would be able the sell the half hidden quality titles quite rapidly. - Chris Harte 17.09.13.
    Sorry, I think there is a point at which we move beyond quirky to unpleasant. Aroma of mouldering books plus collapsed piles blocking aisle make this a no no for me. - Mr Grumpy 16.09.14.
    Half shop now blocked by new book slides and I see what Grumpy means. But persistence and strong arms paid off for me with pile of purchases. Fantastic Welsh postcard selection, found by starting another large slide which revealed interesting other books but sadly no bodies! - Norman Davies 03.07.15.
    The postcards mentioned by Mr Davies above were the easiest things to find during my visit. This shop is a must-visit, but for all the wrong reasons. I arrived to find the proprietor in conversation with a couple out on the street, and two potential customers standing at the doorway contemplating whether they would enter without a hard hat. Once inside, my wife immediately felt claustrophobic and had to leave. The tottering walls of worn titles reminded me of one of those indoor climbing walls, but with the danger of imminent avalanches should I be foolhardy enough to try to extract a book I wanted to look at. One fearless customer was rifling through the postcards and therefore blocked any hopes of seeing what was on the other side of the shop. There was however a large unruly pile of books where I presume the till was lurking. Needless to say I left empty-handed, as I suspect most people do ... - Graeme Rendall 22.10.15.
    The shop phone number does not work. - Mrs Jones 26.04.19.

College Street Books
15 College Street
AMMANFORD  Carmarthenshire  SA18 3AB   map
tel: 01269 592140  e-mail
Open: Monday & Saturday 9.30 - 1.00, Tuesday - Friday 9.30 - 5.00.
New and secondhand books, about 50/50. Particularly Welsh interest, maps and walking, history, warfare, art, mythology, poetry, literature, and children's books in Welsh & English.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsAlthough the name suggests otherwise the entrance to this pleasant shop is from an arcade which runs parallel to the main window. Strong on Welsh subjects and a very good selection of books on mining. Although there are new books as well it is worth a visit if you are passing. - Chris Harte 11.07.13.
    Over five years since my last report and the shop is still very strong on new and second-hand Welsh titles. Also the shelves held many books on mining; poetry; military and show-business. Still worth looking in. - Chris Harte 24.03.19.

Discovery Bookshop
52 Cwmamman Road
GARNANT  Carmarthenshire  SA181NF   map
tel: 01269 823839  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Friday 11.00 - 4.00.
Secondhand Non-Fiction, Reference, Technical Books and Fiction. A large and varied stock of Vinyl Records - a broad range including many hard-to-find items and good stocks of CDs. Call and see us in our newly refurbished shop, now including extra book stocks with new items added regularly. We are a Walk-In B&M and Internet business.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsA shop which will take some time to browse. All subjects as stated on its website. A charming lady owner who had bookshops in her native Queensland before moving to Wales. The CD section is a distraction as it contains quality discs. This shop is very community orientated as noted by the locals whose purchases, I was told, make up over 95% of the sales. - Chris Harte 28.08.13.
    Re Mr. Harte's comments from his previous visit - we have recently refurbished the shop completely, changed our stock displays and increased our book stocks and as we now advertise widely, our customer base has changed considerably to include people from wider areas and now does not just consist of local trade. - Kate Stent, Discovery Bookshop 20.02.15.

Goldstone Bookshop
10 Hall Street
CARMARTHEN  Carmarthenshire  SA31 1PH   map
tel: 01267 237236  e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.00 - 5.30.
We are pleased to announce our very first bookshop in the beautiful town of Carmarthen has now opened! We will be stocking a range of new and pre-owned books so please call in and say hello.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsThis shop is situated at the side of the Guildhall building in a pedestrianised part of central Carmarthen. On first glance, it looked like there were only new titles available but I was told by the manager that 'about 20% of the stock is pre-owned.' Looking around, but going from experience, my feeling was that these were either unwanted review copies, remainders (many of which bore British Library Imprints) or quality books from charity shops' donations. However, on the plus side, there were many shelves containing new local books to which my latest effort will be added shortly. - Chris Harte 28.06.19.

Gwisgo Bookworm
8 Alban Square
ABERAERON  Ceredigion  SA46 0AD   map
tel: 01545 238282   e-mail  web
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Selling new, secondhand and collectable books, vinyl records, etc.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsA general bookshop with a substantial holding of fiction and non-fiction. Worth noting were Welsh and Folio Society titles. What did catch my eye was a large selection of unused American postcards which depicted every front page of each issue of Vanity Fair. - Chris Harte 25.11.11.An excellent selection of used paperbacks on historical fiction. Well worth a visit if you're looking for this genre. - John 12.04.14.
    Called in at Bookworm today. She has sold the shop and the new people are going to keep things as they are currently. However, during the changeover there might be the odd days when the shop is not open for business. - Chris Harte 19.01.15.
    Still open! Not a huge shop, but worth popping in if you're in the neighbourhood. I found a nice hardcover with DJ of The Complete Nonsense of Edward Lear (1975) only £4.00. - Martin R 00.06.19.

Leafed Through
Community (charity) Book Shop
21 Pendre 
CARDIGAN  Ceredigion  SA43 1JT   map
tel: 01239 621092  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00.
A small but well laid-out bookshop, with a wide range of subjects covered.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsHoused in what used to be a dog's charity shop, this is a small but well laid-out bookshop, with a wide range of subjects covered. A smaller number of books on show than in the one at the end of the arcade, but my wife and I still managed to come away with several titles for a very modest outlay. - Graeme Rendall 22.10.15.
    Hidden away at the end of the High Street this community bookshop had some interesting titles on their numerous shelves. Fiction took about a third of the space with other subjects rather roughly categorised. However, there were some good quality books to be had. The only questionable point is their pricing: everything is marked at being £3! - Chris Harte 24.10.15.
    Profits given to local charities. Prices are usually set at £1.50 paperbacks, £2 fiction hardbacks, £3 hardbacks. Open 10-4. - Janet Barber 15.01.18.
    Nice small bookshop, heavy in fiction like others posted. Wife and I picked up a couple titles but nothing extraordinary here. - Sean Nodland 22.12.19.

Llandelio Bookshop (British Red Cross)
101 Rhosmaen Street
LLANDEILO  Carmarthenshire  SA19 6HA   map
tel: 01558 823256
Open: Monday - Saturday 9.30 - 4.30.
Charity bookshop selling donated books.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsAlthough a British Red Cross charity bookshop the shelves had some quite interesting titles. One wall is solid paperback fiction but other shelves are categorised and easy to check. The travel section was especially strong. Chris Harte 25.10.14.

Nyth y Robin (was Bashford Books)
Bradford House
(off King Street) 
LLANDYSUL  Ceredigion  SA44 4QN   map
tel: 07932 325123  web
Open:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10.00 - 3.00.
A small independent family run shop offering an eclectic mix of antiques, retro, vintage items and a huge range of pre-loved, old and Antiquarian books.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsWalked in to be confronted by a wide and varied selection of books. Much in the way of mid-wars material and some excellent runs of Victorian novels. Went to purchase a huge pile only to find that the owner had no idea of prices and consulted the internet. £5 titles were priced at £50-70, with others even more ridiculous sums. Ended up purchasing one volume! Utter frustration. Beware. - Chris Harte 03.07.14.
    Fantastic book shop, full of interesting and wonderful books. Customer service was welcoming and very friendly. Will definitely be buying my books here again. - Laura 22.09.16.

Oxfam Bookshop
North Parade
ABERYSTWYTH  Ceredigion  SY23 2JN   map
tel: 01970 625890  web

 Add a comment  Hide commentsA well set out series of shelves carrying nondescript titles. A few tired mid-wars books but nothing to stir the emotions. - Chris Harte 05.05.11.
    "The World ain't all sunshine and rainbows". 1/10. - The Boxer 26.09.13.
    Oh dear. I used to buy the odd Welsh interest book here. Now silly ABE+ prices, ridiculous. Good Welsh s/h selection in shop over the road. - Norman Davies 22.11.14.

Oxfam Shop
45a High Street
HAVERFORDWEST  Pembrokeshire  SA61 2BN   map
tel: 01437 760739  web

 Add a comment  Hide commentsThe whole of the large first-floor is devoted to a wide selection of books. Everything is shelved by category. The collectables section had some interesting titles but the pricing was all over the place. There were bargains here for the taking. - Chris Harte 12.01.12.
    Very disappointing. Sadly Chris, no longer anything but standard Oxfam fare, odd goodies at silly prices. - Norman Davies 03.07.15.
    Sadly, Norman's comments of three years ago still apply. Quality has plummeted while prices have soared upwards. There were books in the £12 to £14 range which were barely worth a couple of quid. I await a new manageress and sensible pricing. - Chris 03.08.18.

Pembroke Antiques Centre
Wesley Chapel
Main Street 
PEMBROKE  Pembrokeshire  SA71 4DE   map
tel: 01646 687017
Open: 7 days 10.00 - 5.00.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsIt is not often that I spend quite some time in a chapel. However, the antiques on sale were top rate as were the numerous bookcases which contained some very scarce publications. I came away with a boxload of both books and magazines some of the latter of which were lengthy runs. - Chris Harte 10.11.11.
    Disappointing for books, limited number and although better than standard type antique centre fare nothing for me other than some pricey postcards. - Norman Davies 03.07.15.

Pembroke Market Emporium
81a Main Street
PEMBROKE  Pembrokeshire  SA71 4DB   map
tel: 01646 686894
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00.
Antiques centre.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsAlthough mainly a bric-a-brac shop there were still quite a few books around the place. Very strong on old religious titles and children's books circa 1890-1930. The best shelves are at the rear of the premises which contain rows of 1940s teenage fiction. - Chris Harte 10.11.11.

Pendleburys Bookshop
Garreg Fawr
LLANWRDA  SA19 8NY   map
tel: 01558 650 840  e-mail  web
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00 .
Booksellers for many decades with a large general stock & specialisms of 20,000 theology, 3,500 botanical & gardening books. Outside advertised hours please telephone before visiting. A remote hillside bookshop housed in converted barns in the foothills of the Cambrians within a three acre garden project.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsA journey into the middle of nowhere was rewarded by a friendly greeting, hot coffee and lots of chatter. This really is an oasis in the wilderness and the tens of thousands of titles on offer took some hours to browse. The theological stock took the whole of one massive converted barn. Other subjects, with a large gardening section, were a joy to behold. Only a fraction of the books are on the internet at the moment. There are many scarce titles on offer, particularly on field sports and rural pursuits. WWAD. - Chris Harte 05.03.13.

St. David's Bookshop
5a The Pebbles
ST. DAVID'S  Pembrokeshire  SA62 6RD   map
tel: 01437 720480  e-mail
Open: Monday - Saturday 11.00 - 5.00, Sundays on Bank Holidays and in high season.
An idiosyncratic new and secondhand bookshop with a strong Welsh section.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsA slightly secluded shop on the walkway leading to the city gate archway to the cathedral. The whole of the first floor is taken up with a mass of secondhand books while the real treasures are kept by the front counter. Very strong on Pembrokeshire topography and history. - Chris Harte 29.05.12.
    2 small rooms, ground floor mostly new, 1st floor second hand. It doesn't look very promising, but I persevered and found an unrecorded Guernsey imprint ... - John Collins 15.01.16.

The Old Bakery
Main Road
SARNAU  Ceredigion   map
tel: 01239 654726  fax: SA44 6QS  
Open: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 4.00, closed Wednesday.
An eclectic mix of books but mostly military and local titles.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsAlthough mainly an antique shop there are quite a number of bookcases placed along most of the wall space. Strong on military and naval books with smaller holdings on other subjects. My two visits have been very productive. Situated on the main road from Aberaeron to Cardigan. - Chris Harte 29.05.12.

Ystwyth Books
7 Princess Street
ABERYSTWYTH  Ceredigion  SY23 1DX   map
tel: 01970 639479  e-mail
Open: 9.30 - 5.30 - Monday - Saturday.
80,000 new and secondhand books covering most subjects, but particularly Welsh books and natural history.

 Add a comment  Hide commentsGood stock, well laid-out and reasonable prices. Definitely the best bookshop in Aber by far. And conveniently close to the excellent Gannet's Bistro! - Daedalus 25.06.09.
    A large stock with good turnover including recent publications spread over two floors. My favourite in Aber. - George Marshall - 16.09.09.
    Excellent well worth a visit. Now run by Martin, pleasant and helpful, will even let you browse the reserve stock if you explain your interests. Definitely worth a visit. - Corso 21.09.09.
    A lovely place. This is how bookshops should be. Well set out over two floors; a very helpful and knowledgable owner; good titles; varied stock and a pleasure to spend a couple of hours browsing the shelves. Recommended. - Chris Harte 05.05.11.
    A big selection of Welsh language and non-fiction. The hardback fiction section relatively small and overpriced. The owner was keen to help and the shop is well laid out. - The Travelling Bookdealer 24.08.13.
    Excellent stock over five or more rooms, great range, moderately priced and friendly. Full of interest. - Mark 01.04.14.
    Made a visit back after spending too much of my student grant here 25 years ago. Now owned by the genial Martin, comfortably familiar but enhanced stock and well worth a deep browse. Do call in! - Anthony 09.08.18.

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