Photo Vomit [#10] More Vintage Penguins


I’m sure most of you know me by now and can attest to how much I love collecting vintage books. On the weekends that we stay in the city, I do my used bookstore rounds. There are only a couple that I’ve been to, but I suspect there are other stores that I can look up on the internet.

The first thing that I search for are these Penguin Vintage. One of my goal is to have a shelf full of these books. At this particular store, they are about $3-$5 a piece; depending of course on how old they are and how much wear the book has gotten over the years. They are significantly cheaper than the first store that I’ve been to. What’s more interesting is that some of these books still has their original price. Like this book, for example:


The best $.50 you can ever spend!

I also found a couple of books that still has their original dust cover, like this book written by Anton Pavlovich Tchehov, translated by Constance Garnett.


So far my collection is not very big. But the joy of collecting is that feeling you get when you actually find them on the shelves of a bookstore. One of these days, I will do a post of these stores that I go to, so you can see how difficult it is to find them. Moreover, I don’t just pick up any orange vintage. You can find some like these ones:


They’re collectibles nonethelss, but I prefer these ones:



What about you? Do you have a used bookstore nearby? Find anything interesting?

Click here to find my first Penguin Vintage post.

  • I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but
    your blogs really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your site to come back down the road.

  • Aww, so many cute little penguins <3 And I'm spying TWO P.G. Wodehouse books in your collection!! Yay~

  • These are so gorgeous, Joy! I have a few Rumpole books Vintage Penguin editions but not enough to look so nice displayed together.

  • I just love the look of penguins on the shelf and you always know they are going to be quality! Glad you found them for cheap πŸ™‚

  • Either my local used bookstore doesn’t have any of these or I’ve just missed them, but I’ve never seen any in a store! I’d snatch them up, though, because they’re just so classic looking. I love that you go so often. I think I don’t go to mine often because every time I go it smells more and more heavily of litter box. The woman who owns the store must keep ten cats there, and it’s getting overwhelmingly stinky. I think a trip to search for orange Penguins is necessary though…

  • you’re right it’s a nice little collection and I think youa ctually have a good number of them, it’s a good start. I’m glad you were able to have them all.

  • I don’t know of any used/vintage book stores by me, but truthfully I’ve never looked. I’ve seen some while vacationing in Seattle and Chicago. I used to collect Agatha Christie novels, but a newly published leather bound collection. It’s beautiful and I have most, maybe eighty? She was a prolific writer! I found most on eBay. Thanks for sharing, Joy. πŸ™‚

  • Christy

    I was a regular at our used bookstore when I was a teen until the douche owner criticized my reading of choice. That is so cool when you find them with the covers on and they still look great underneath.

  • I love old books! I don’t have any of the Penguin classics but I collect the Happy Hollisters and could stare at them on my shelves forever. They are hard to find with dust jackets but when I find them and they are affordable (rarely) I grab them up!

  • Oh those are cool! I like collecting old copies of Alice in Wonderland!

  • Alise (Readers in Wonderland)

    You have the best finds! My used bookstores (if I can find one in the first place) never have gems like these, I would love to collect something like this *grabby hands* Love the ones that have the price too (50 cents?!) So cool!

  • They look awesome, Joy. <3 Collecting something is just all kinds of fun πŸ™‚ (Though, I would never be able to have used books :p I'm awful like that, lol.) Best of luck finding more of these books πŸ˜€

    • Thanks, Carina. Yeah, it’s not for everyone. I’m just quirky like that. πŸ™‚

  • I usually donΒ΄t buy used books, but some of your books sound interesting.
    I would love to see all your bookshelves, how many do you have!? I recently saw the bookshelves of your cabin in another post.
    Have a nice day!

  • These look beautiful! It’s awesome that you’re collecting them. I normally don’t go to our local used bookstores since they’re mostly adult books which I’m not interested in. πŸ™

    • I know right? It’s one of my hobbies. Even when I live back home (Phillippines), I used to go to those bookstores. There was one in SM Edsa, but I don’t think that store’s still there. I can’t even remember the name.

  • I am at the local used bookstore every other week or so — one of my favorite spots πŸ™‚
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

    • I just love the smell of old books. No funky smelling coffee! πŸ™‚ You’re welcome.

  • I love these vintage covers! I have never seen one anywhere so I would love you to do that post of those bookstores you go to! Maybe I can find somethjng similar near me πŸ™‚

    • It’s such a great hobby – like treasure hunting. πŸ™‚

  • Funny how plain covers use to be! Congrats on your finds!!

    • Thank you! I think the beauty of it is in the simplicity. πŸ™‚