Used Book Stores Across the Nation

When we hop in the van to take a road trip, we always make sure that everyone has at least one or two books to read. Since there are five of us in the family, we definitely have to find a way to save on the price of books. That’s why we love used books stores. But some used books stores across the nation are better than others. Here are two of my favorites.

Mckays Used Book Store

Used Books Stores across the Nation

McKays Used Book Stores

One of our favorite used book stores is located in Tennessee. We love Mckays Used Books, CD’s Movies & More.  There are 3 Tennessee locations – Knoxville, Chattanooga & Nashville.  Several times a year on the way to see family, we make our stop in Knoxville.  We always walk out with stacks of ‘new to us’ books and media and almost NEVER pay a penny!

Here’s how it works:

  1. We save our unwanted books and media.
  2. Take them to the trade-in counter at McKays.
  3. After browsing and waiting for about 30 minutes, they give us trade-in credit. (or cash if you prefer but you don’t get as much)
  4. Then we make our ‘purchases’ with the trade in credit we just got.

They accept almost all books, cds, video cassettes, dvds, all electronic games and even vinyl records.


mckays used book and media

Tips to make the most of your visit:

  • They won’t take older books or really used looking books.
  • What they don’t take, you can either take back home or donate to the free box out front.
  • You will get more ‘bang for the buck’ if you take trade credit instead of cash. (We always get trade!)
  • If you don’t take any books or trade materials, you will find that the prices are (in my opinion) a little high for used books and games.


mckays used book and media

Half price Books

Last week I took a quick trip to Lexington Half Price Book Store with a stack of books I was done with. In about 20 minutes they were ready with an offer. They gave me a ticket worth $20.00! That ticket is good for any merchandise in the store or you cash it out and walk away with your money. Since I was already in Lexington for errands, I was able to turn 20 minutes of time into a $20 bill! (Located on Nicholasville Road before you get to the mall)

Half Price Books are located all across the country! Click here to find a store near you.

We love used book stores!  This is a great way for us to get books at a great price! What’s your favorite way to save money for your books? I’d love to hear!
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  1. We had a Half Price Books in Des Moines when I was growing up. I did love going there. Now my favorite place for used books is this small little cottage where a lady just sells things she comes across. There’s not always a huge selection, but the atmosphere is just like being in your own house looking for something new to read. Fun times!

  2. We love Half Price Books, both for selling and buying books. Although now that I have an eReader we’ve been buying less and less hard/soft books! Can’t read the eReader on the beach though!

  3. I love to visit used book stores on vacations because I can find the local histories and books unique to the region.

  4. We have a used book store about 5 mins from us and my husband is an avid reader, so he frequents the shop. He gets credit for all the books he has read towards new books.

  5. I haven’t been to a used book store in forever. I love the idea of swapping out my old books. I’ll have to see if there is a used book store in my area.

  6. I like to go to the second hand book store and buy used books. I also donate any books that we are no longer using. It is a win win.

  7. This is my kind of place! I hate spending full price on any book and am not a big fan of keeping a bunch laying around either. This would help with both of my issues in one sweep!

  8. We have a couple used book stores in our city. They’re rather small (and a bit overpriced), but sometimes you can find a treasure there if you look hard enough.

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