8 Best Places to Find Cheap Bookshelves

Updated: Jan. 08, 2024

Bookshelves aren't just for storing books! They add display and storage space to living rooms, bedrooms, dens and even kitchens! If you need a little extra storage space and don't want to spend a lot, here are eight places to find cheap bookshelves.

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Scope out your local craigslist listings for cheap bookshelves. Even if they are a little worn, you can transform them with a fresh coat of paint or stain. Make old furniture look new again with these refinishing tips.

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Haven’t heard of Freecycle? The network is made up of people who give and get stuff for free and thus keep perfectly good items (such as cheap bookshelves) out of landfills. You can join the network in your own community. Teach your child basic woodworking skills with this DIY bookshelf plan.

Editor’s Tip: You found an old bookshelf at a garage sale, in your basement, or on Craigslist, but it needs a little TLC. Whether you use paint, stain, or some creative contact paper, here’s a look at 12 of the best-looking refurbished bookshelves to inspire you.

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Cheap bookshelves can be found on Facebook buy and sell groups in almost every corner of America. Just search for local buy-sell-trade groups in your city or town. Try incorporating a bookshelf into your DIY kitchen island design.

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Nextdoor is a free, private social network for your neighborhood. You’ll not only be able to keep up on crime, events and new businesses nearby, but there are also categories for selling items and even a free item section. The site even allows you to post if you’re looking for items such as cheap bookshelves!

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Resale Shops

If you’re in need of cheap bookshelves, check out resale shops and thrift stores such as Goodwill or Salvation Army. If you find one that needs a little TLC, trying lining the shelves with colorful self-adhesive or wrapping paper.

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Alleys and Sidewalks

If you’re lucky, you can often find items for free in alleys and on sidewalks. If you’re unsure if it’s free for the taking, just be sure to ask the homeowner. You can build a bookshelf with little time and effort with these complete plans.

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Garage Sales

When looking for cheap bookshelves, look for neighborhood garage sales. Just be ready to transport the bookshelf yourself (or get a friend with a truck to help out). If you’re planning a garage sale, consider these 14 tips for a successful sale.

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Nearby Apartment Buildings

Those who rent often move out at the end of the month and sometimes they leave furniture behind. If there are apartment buildings nearby, it doesn’t hurt to drive by at the end of the month to see if anyone left behind a cheap bookshelf. These 18 handy hints make moving a breeze!