My sister taught me how to read when I was about four years old and I was hooked. I adore books. I also adore buying books at bargain prices. That is one reason why The Recycled Reader is my favorite place for books in the Upstate. I can easily purchase seven books in one trip and keep the total price under $10. While the promise of inexpensive books drew me to The Recycled Reader for the first time, it is Jill and Anne that keep me coming back.
Jill and Anne are charming bibliophiles who simply want to share their love of literature with others. With thousands of books filling the shelves and no computer system to track them all, you might think that they could not possibly know which books they do or do not have at any given time. You would be wrong. They will eagerly help you find the exact book you are looking for or provide recommendations if you are not sure what to read next. If they do not have a book you want in stock, they will happily take your name and number and then hunt for it at book sales for you. Browsing through shelf upon shelf in search of a book on your own is made simpler by the time and attention Jill and Anne spend to ensure that each book is properly placed according to genre and author.
In addition to the astonishing array of inexpensive reading material at The Recycled Reader, one can enjoy the animal life on the property. Lucy and Radar, the two resident adult llamas, are the proud parents of a three-week old llama. Jill and Anne love to show the llamas and goats to anyone who is interested in seeing them. With the goats, llamas, cats, dogs, and the Happy Cow cows relaxing in the pasture across the road, The Recycled Reader is a place children love to visit.
With books ranging from South Carolina history to baking, classics to popular fiction, and children’s books to adult nonfiction, The Recycled Reader truly has something for every reader. This local bookshop is a must-visit for anyone who enjoys books, bargains, or friendly conversation with truly delightful people.
The Recycled Reader is located at 321 McKelvey Road, Pelzer, SC just down the road from Happy Cow Creamery.
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.