The treasures inside second-hand books aren't limited to the texts they possess. From time to time, readers leave all kinds of gifts for others to discover. Some of them, like a pair of glasses, are simply forgotten between the pages but every once in a while, a good samaritan leaves behind a little thingy just to make your day. Continue scrolling through this list by Bored Panda and check out what I'm talking about for yourself! Oh, and upvote your favorite entries along the way.
There are no official data for the size of the second-hand book market. But according to a survey by Statista, in both the UK and the US more than half of us are choosing to buy books second-hand instead of new.
Patrik Oqvist from World of Books, the UK's largest second-hand book retailer, believes the market is growing by 8-10% a year.
"There's no stigma to buying second-hand now," he told BBC. "We take them to the beach and spill coffee on them, but they don't stop working because of that." Other reasons might be important for buyers as well, for example,the lower price, and the fact that they're recycling.
Nothing Like Picking Up A Book And Finding A Photo (And Autograph) Of The Author Inside
And, of course, there's the chance of finding something unique. World of Books received a call last year from a grandmother in Australia who had ordered an annual that she remembered owning as a child, full of quizzes, mazes and puzzles. When she got it, she couldn't believe it was her own original copy, with the inscription from her parents to her.
These 4 And 5 Leaf Clovers I Found In This Nearly 200-Year-Old Book
Note Found In "The Book Of Outdoor Gardening" By Smith And Hawken
I think that you are very very pretty.
I love you Mommy
My Son Found A Report Card From Nearly 100 Years Ago In His Library Book
Somewhere Back In Time, The Former Owner Of These Glasses Is Still Looking For Them
It looks like they have been in there so long, they have cracked the binding. Found in "The Story of a Fight" by Hugh Lloyd
Found Tucked Between The Pages Of A Secondhand Textbook I Bought
Found A Dried Lizard Between My Book's Pages
Beautiful Photo Found In A Copy Of "Birds Of Alaska"
Found This Neat Little Metal Bookmark In "The Life Of Colonel Paul Revere" From 1909
Found This In House I’m Tearing Apart In A Book Like Someone Wanted To Keep Them Don’t Think It’s Real Money
My Mother Found A 108-Year-Old Ticket To A Fair In An Old Book Being Used As A Bookmark
A Guy In My Japanese Class Found This In The Back Of His Book. Can Relate
We Found This Lovely Lady In A Book We Listed Yesterday. She Has Been Trimmed From A 19th Century Women's Periodical Or Magazine
Received At Our Donation Center. Someone's Drug Stash In A Book
A Message And A Coin
To my dear friend Hazel, keep this book and read it in your spare time. It was great fun seeing u & I hope to do this again. Until that time keep in touch.
Your friend, Juliana R"
One Key, Tied To A String. Found In A Sealed Envelope From The Gladstone Hotel In New York City
The book was "Dr. Priestley Investigates" by John Rhode
A Charming Handmade Bookmark Found In "Little Women"
A 30-Year-Old Ticket Stub To Van Halen's Monsters Of Rock Tour
The book is "Between the strokes of night", a sci-fi book from 1985 by Charles Sheffield. This "bookmark" might be from the original owner
Things I Have Found In Books
Amongst all these letters, photos and bookmarks you will see a report from the Adult Parole Board dated 1987. The person mentioned had been in Pentridge Prison since late 1977 for a very vicious murder committed under the influence of alcohol. The eleven page report states that he was quite intelligent and articulate but had been in trouble while in prison and had been moved around the prison system.It also says that he was hoping to start a new life once released and planned on changing his name. Whether he was released, or when, is unknown as I can find no record of him after the date on the parole papers
Dead Bookworm Found In A Late 16th Century Book
Could Someone Explain What These Save Buttons Are Doing In The Back Of My Book?
Found In Textbook. Guess They Were Lightening Up The Mood
Found A Garden's Worth Of Pressed Flowers And Plants In A Book From 1833
Found in volume five of "The New Testament with Commentary and Critical Notes by Adam Clarke" published by B. Waugh and T. Mason