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.

#1

Found A Little Surprise In The Library Book I Borrowed

Found A Little Surprise In The Library Book I Borrowed

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Foxxy 1 week ago

That is awesome.

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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.

#2

Nothing Like Picking Up A Book And Finding A Photo (And Autograph) Of The Author Inside

Nothing Like Picking Up A Book And Finding A Photo (And Autograph) Of The Author Inside

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Mosheh Wolf 1 week ago

Whoa! That can be worth a good amount of money!

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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.

#3

These 4 And 5 Leaf Clovers I Found In This Nearly 200-Year-Old Book

These 4 And 5 Leaf Clovers I Found In This Nearly 200-Year-Old Book

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Koalamonster 1 week ago

That's pretty awesome. My eyes immediately went to the words "immortal shamrock" on the page on the left. Which is also pretty awesome.

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#4

I Found This In A 1949 Children's Book I Bought Today

I Found This In A 1949 Children's Book I Bought Today

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Mosheh Wolf 1 week ago (edited)

It is Eletelephony, by Laura Elizabeth Richards. Not written by her, of course, since she passed away in 1943.

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#5

Used Books Store Has A Wall Of Forgotten Bookmarks

Used Books Store Has A Wall Of Forgotten Bookmarks

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Francis 1 week ago

i love the pictures.. but on the other hand it's kinda sad the families lost those memories..

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#6

Note Found In "The Book Of Outdoor Gardening" By Smith And Hawken ⁣

Note Found In "The Book Of Outdoor Gardening" By Smith And Hawken ⁣

Dear Mommy, ⁣

I think that you are very very pretty. ⁣

Love, ⁣

Lacey ⁣

I love you Mommy ⁣

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Foxxy 1 week ago

Awww, that's adorable

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#7

My Son Found A Report Card From Nearly 100 Years Ago In His Library Book

My Son Found A Report Card From Nearly 100 Years Ago In His Library Book

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Ellen 1 week ago

Maybe try finding her since the name is clearly visible. She could still be alive you never know!

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#8

Somewhere Back In Time, The Former Owner Of These Glasses Is Still Looking For Them

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

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Foxxy 1 week ago

I don't understand how someone can forget their glasses, the book isn't going to close properly with them in there so surely you would notice something was up.

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#9

Found A Dried Lizard Between My Book's Pages

Found A Dried Lizard Between My Book's Pages

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A B C 1 week ago

Aww, poor buddy :( but such a cool find!

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#10

In A Vintage Hemingway

In A Vintage Hemingway

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Anne 1 week ago

That was a big loss for whoever lost that

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#11

I Found This In A Random Book On The Shelves Of A Cafe

I Found This In A Random Book On The Shelves Of A Cafe

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Foxxy 1 week ago

Wonder if the exchange actually happened. That would be so cool if it did.

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#12

Found Tucked Between The Pages Of A Secondhand Textbook I Bought

Found Tucked Between The Pages Of A Secondhand Textbook I Bought

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Valerie Lessard 1 week ago

aww this is cute

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#13

Found In An 1860's Bible

Found In An 1860's Bible

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Sian Edwards 1 week ago

Is the bible in Swedish?

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#14

Beautiful Photo Found In A Copy Of "Birds Of Alaska"

Beautiful Photo Found In A Copy Of "Birds Of Alaska"

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Kaisu 1 week ago

A really gorgeous picture!

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#15

A 1970's Plane Ticket

A 1970's Plane Ticket

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George Digamma 1 week ago

When the airplanes were closed smoking chambers

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#16

Found This Neat Little Metal Bookmark In "The Life Of Colonel Paul Revere" From 1909

Found This Neat Little Metal Bookmark In "The Life Of Colonel Paul Revere" From 1909

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Valerie Lessard 1 week ago

that's beautiful.

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#17

Found This In House I’m Tearing Apart In A Book Like Someone Wanted To Keep Them Don’t Think It’s Real Money

Found This In House I’m Tearing Apart In A Book Like Someone Wanted To Keep Them Don’t Think It’s Real Money

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Katie Axon 1 week ago

That's real money from when Japan occupied the Philippines during WWII.

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#18

My Mother Found A 108-Year-Old Ticket To A Fair In An Old Book Being Used As A Bookmark

My Mother Found A 108-Year-Old Ticket To A Fair In An Old Book Being Used As A Bookmark

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Valerie Lessard 1 week ago

that's fucking amazing. First the condition of the ticket, and then the beautiful design

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#19

We Found This Lovely Lady In A Book We Listed Yesterday. She Has Been Trimmed From A 19th Century Women's Periodical Or Magazine

We Found This Lovely Lady In A Book We Listed Yesterday. She Has Been Trimmed From A 19th Century Women's Periodical Or Magazine

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Koalamonster 1 week ago

That is lovely. It looks to be cut out so neatly.

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#20

A Guy In My Japanese Class Found This In The Back Of His Book. Can Relate

A Guy In My Japanese Class Found This In The Back Of His Book. Can Relate

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nanashi 1 week ago

I feel the same when I was learning English too

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#21

Received At Our Donation Center. Someone's Drug Stash In A Book

Received At Our Donation Center. Someone's Drug Stash In A Book

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Shawn 1 week ago

Noice!

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#22

Found A Cool Surprise In My Library Book

Found A Cool Surprise In My Library Book

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Foxxy 1 week ago

Love the little "surprise" on the note.

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#23

A Message And A Coin

A Message And A Coin

"Rember me

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"

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Emerald Joanna 1 week ago

Is noone going to point out that Hazel did not, in fact, keep this book?

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#24

One Key, Tied To A String. Found In A Sealed Envelope From The Gladstone Hotel In New York City

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

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Koalamonster 1 week ago

That seems like the beginning to a mystery. Now you've gotta go to that hotel, they'll see the key and take you to a weird room in the basement that has a locked box in it that has been there as long as anyone can remember. Inside that box you'll find everything you need to complete your journey.

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#25

Found A Dog License From 1919 In "The Oregon Trail"

Found A Dog License From 1919 In "The Oregon Trail"

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Sarahí Covarrubias 1 week ago

One hundred years now

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#26

A Charming Handmade Bookmark Found In "Little Women"

A Charming Handmade Bookmark Found In "Little Women"

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Sol Veig 1 week ago

Cute 😍

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#27

Found In An 1860's Era Bible

Found In An 1860's Era Bible

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Tru ebu 1 week ago

Love the "Absolutely Harmless" as the biggest selling point. Sign me up!

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#28

A 30-Year-Old Ticket Stub To Van Halen's Monsters Of Rock Tour

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

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Ellen 1 week ago (edited)

You might as well jump! ... about finding it (and also I love that song)

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#29

Things I Have Found In Books

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

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frederic eeckman 1 week ago

An eleven page report ? That should have left a pretty bump in that book !

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#30

Dead Bookworm Found In A Late 16th Century Book

Dead Bookworm Found In A Late 16th Century Book

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Tru ebu 1 week ago

He carved his own coffin!

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#31

Could Someone Explain What These Save Buttons Are Doing In The Back Of My Book?

Could Someone Explain What These Save Buttons Are Doing In The Back Of My Book?

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Katie Axon 1 week ago (edited)

This isn't weird... In case people seriously don't know what those are anymore, they're FLOPPY DISKS. They were used as removable storage for computers before CD-ROMs were invented. (They're called floppy disks despite not being floppy because REALLY old floppy disks were a lot bigger and actually floppy.) Finding them in the back of an old textbook is just like finding a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM in a newer textbook.

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#32

Found In My Copy Of "Moby-Dick"

Found In My Copy Of "Moby-Dick"

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Stimpy 1 week ago

On dog dollar is about seven human dollars

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#33

Found In Textbook. Guess They Were Lightening Up The Mood

Found In Textbook. Guess They Were Lightening Up The Mood

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DemPugs 1 week ago

Snoopy Pupperino, otherwise known as "pup" was a well known gangster specializing in the art of stealing people's hearts. He was nearly caught twice, but escaped both times because he was too fluffy to hold.

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#34

Sometimes What You Find In An Old Book Is A Bit More Exciting Than The Old Book Itself

Sometimes What You Find In An Old Book Is A Bit More Exciting Than The Old Book Itself

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Koalamonster 1 week ago

That's awesome. I love the little piece of paper, so cute.

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#35

Found This In A 1947 Red Cross First Aid Textbook

Found This In A 1947 Red Cross First Aid Textbook

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ADHORTATOR 1 week ago

He' s sexy and he knows it :-)

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#36

Found A Garden's Worth Of Pressed Flowers And Plants In A Book From 1833

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

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Kathy Baylis 1 week ago

I’d take them to a local botanical society or university Botany Department. It’s possible some of those plants have changed in almost 180 years (if these are vintage to the publication date of the book), or may have become rare. Probably not, but maybe. Someone (botanist or botany student?) might be interested in identifying them and comparing them to modern versions.

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#37

That Time Edgar Allan Poe Fell Out Of My Library Book. This Academic Baby Daddy Just Made My Day

That Time Edgar Allan Poe Fell Out Of My Library Book. This Academic Baby Daddy Just Made My Day

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C 1 week ago

I have that! It's a cool card

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#38

Favorite Photos I've Found Left In Books

Favorite Photos I've Found Left In Books

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Valerie Lessard 1 week ago

now you have been able to experience some of the happy moments in other people's lives without them forcing you to

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#39

Ambassador And Madame J. H. Van Roijen Red Cross Membership Card From 1956

Ambassador And Madame J. H. Van Roijen Red Cross Membership Card From 1956

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Boebabazz 1 week ago

There is some nice background story to this man. Herman van Roijen was a member of the Dutch resistance in WWII and captured multiple times. After the war he became minister in the dutch government. From 1950 until 1964 he was ambassador in Washington where he served 4 presidents. He was known for his undiplomatic openess, was one of the most respected analysts of American Politics. When he left, the New York Times paid tribute to him in a long article on him. I’m very curious what book this membership was found! https://www.parlement.com/id/vg09lljh08xs/j_h_herman_van_roijen

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#40

Vintage Paper Doll Pieces Found In "Joyful Songs"

Vintage Paper Doll Pieces Found In "Joyful Songs"

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Kaisu 1 week ago

I wonder how fragile the paper is and if it's possible to get the pieces out without damaging them!

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