Asheville Secondhand Bookstores: 3 Readers' Favorites

Asheville Shopping is not only fun, but exclusive to the area, due to Asheville's more than 200 shops with local and unique flair. Asheville, North Carolina is nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Parkway in the western part of the state. Surrounded by the picturesque Great Smoky Mountains, it's become a very popular visitor destination for its scenic hikes and drives, its small town charm, fantastic shopping and relaxing tranquility. Most visitors opt to visit Asheville in the Autumn to witness the amazing fall colors, crisp air and changing of the leaves. Staying at a cozy Asheville Bed and Breakfast is a perfect way to accent this memorable getaway.

Not only is Asheville a landscape marvel, but the city is also home to a variety of unique boutiques, mom and pop dining, small shops with local crafts and arts, and many bookstores. Asheville is quickly turning into a reading enthusiast's dream with its array of small bookstores, secondhand bookstores and a variety of larger corporate chain bookstores. Here are some suggestions for Asheville's top secondhand bookstores:

Mr. K's Used Books
800 Fairview Road
River Ridge Shopping Center
Asheville, NC 28803

Mr. K opened its first location in Asheville and has since opened three other locations in Johnson City, Oak Ridge and Greenville. Mr. K's is located in the River Ridge Shopping Center, and is a terrific place to find a secondhand book to take back to your Asheville Inn, where you can relax and unwind with a good read. At Mr. K's you can trade in your old books, CDs, DVDs, books on tape or video games for in-store credit to use towards other merchandise. Some books are trade only, and in special circumstances, they give cash in exchange for some items. BBonline recommends Mr. K's if you've finished all your reading material that you brought and would like to trade for something new. The selection here is vast, and Mr. K's offers a wide range of genres. The secondhand books are of decent quality. Mr. K's policies are fair, and they will even put books on hold if need be.

The Captain's Bookshelf
31 Page Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 253-6631

For fine and rare books, BBonline suggests the Captain's Bookshelf, established in 1976. Located in downtown Asheville, this quaint little bookstore prides itself on finding rare books such as first editions, signed books and fine leather bound books. It offers a nice sized selection of good quality secondhand books. The Captain's Bookshelf is only open Tuesday through Saturday, but it also holds many special events, such as art and photography exhibitions. The online catalog of inventory is a good place to research if you are looking for a specific rare book, or just want to peruse through what's available in the secondhand category.

Downtown Books & News
67 North Lexington
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 253-8654
Downtown Books & News

This small, colorful bookstore is located in the heart of Asheville on North Lexington Avenue, and offers more than 35,000 used books. The prices at Downtown Books & News are reasonable, and they do trades on Friday and Saturday. They have a wide selection of subjects, and offer some rare and collectible books for sale. Downtown Books & News is open 7 days a week, stocks the largest number of newspapers in town and sells many American and international magazines.