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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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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Sarahí Covarrubias
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1 year ago

Yup, everything can be a bookmark

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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
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1 year 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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Foxxy
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1 year ago

I wish my school report looked like that in high school.

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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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Koalamonster
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1 year ago

That makes me weirdly sad. Mainly because my first thought is that the person was looking at the book, set it down to go to sleep, and never needed their glasses again... I've made myself sad.

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#9

In A Vintage Hemingway

In A Vintage Hemingway

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Anne
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1 year ago

That was a big loss for whoever lost that

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#10

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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Kristine Phillips
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1 year ago

looks like that guy on Happy Days.

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#11

Found A Dried Lizard Between My Book's Pages

Found A Dried Lizard Between My Book's Pages

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Looks like it may have been found dead and someone decided they wanted to press it and forgot about it.

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#12

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
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1 year ago

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

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#13

Found In An 1860's Bible

Found In An 1860's Bible

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Sian Edwards
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1 year 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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DemPugs
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1 year ago

I feel like i've seen this picture before.

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#15

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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Kwj
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1 year ago

I love it, would totally use as bookmark

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#16

A 1970's Plane Ticket

A 1970's Plane Ticket

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George Digamma
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1 year ago

When the airplanes were closed smoking chambers

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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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Pan Da
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1 year ago

I think it used to be, it's what the Japanese issued in the Philippines during WW2

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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
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1 year ago

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

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#19

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
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1 year ago

I feel the same when I was learning English too

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#20

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
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1 year ago

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

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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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Asat Voong
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1 year ago

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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
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1 year 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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Koalamonster
Community Member
1 year ago

That's pretty cute. I really wonder what kind of coin that is.

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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
Community Member
1 year 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

A Charming Handmade Bookmark Found In "Little Women"

A Charming Handmade Bookmark Found In "Little Women"

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Sol Veig
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1 year ago

Cute 😍

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#26

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
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1 year ago

One hundred years now

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#27

Found In An 1860's Era Bible

Found In An 1860's Era Bible

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George Digamma
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1 year ago

I wonder if it is the same company that produces mennen aftershaves today.

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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
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1 year 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
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1 year 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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Foxxy
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1 year ago (edited)

Never seen a bookworm before (or so I thought) so decided to google and the more common type are what I know them as silverfish.

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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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Valerie Lessard
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1 year ago

I don't care if they only hold 1.44 mb, i love these little things

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#32

Found In Textbook. Guess They Were Lightening Up The Mood

Found In Textbook. Guess They Were Lightening Up The Mood

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Sarahí Covarrubias
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1 year ago

He was the criminal

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#33

Found In My Copy Of "Moby-Dick"

Found In My Copy Of "Moby-Dick"

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Stimpy
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1 year ago

On dog dollar is about seven human dollars

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#34

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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Karen Dyer
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1 year ago

Flowers from her boyfriend

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#35

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
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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#36

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
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1 year ago

He' s sexy and he knows it :-)

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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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DC
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1 year ago

What is an academic baby daddy?

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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
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1 year 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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ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago

500 $.... quite generous

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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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Slinkman
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1 year ago

What's that hunk a junk above the book? Looks gross

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