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The Book Trader

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Well worth the visit

Philadelphia used to have a lot of used book stores but now that we have the internet, used book... read more

Reviewed 22 June 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
very good used bookstore

I have not seen a bookstore like this in a long time. It seems they are all disappearing. This... read more

Reviewed 11 July 2016
York, Pennsylvania
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26 Aug 2017
“Large collection of books!”
21 Jun 2017
“Well worth the visit”
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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

This is a great place if you're a fan of used books. It is somewhat cluttered and unorganized but that adds to its charm. We bought some.

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Reviewed 22 June 2017

Philadelphia used to have a lot of used book stores but now that we have the internet, used book stores have been harder to find. Fortunately the Book Trader Remains and is a great place to wander around and look for interesting books on every...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

My husband and I visited Philadelphia this past weekend and I had heard about this bookstore before but wasn't sure if we get to it. However, we were walking over by Christ Church and I saw it and we immediately made our over to it....More

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Reviewed 11 July 2016

I have not seen a bookstore like this in a long time. It seems they are all disappearing. This place is two stories. It is stuffed to the rafters with books. I agree with the person who called it organized disarray. It is worth spending...More

Thank n_atiggue
Reviewed 24 June 2016

I found this bookstore by accident as I was walking up 2nd Street to visit one of Philadelphia's main historic tourist attractions. The huge variety of used books here impressed me. I had limited time, so I only browsed briefly and did not buy anything....More

Thank James G
Reviewed 7 November 2015

If you love used books, this is a great store for you. With two floors of well-categorized books, you're certain to find something. Their science section was pretty good and unrivaled by most other used books stores in the city. It's a little difficult to...More

Thank MeraKi25
Reviewed 13 October 2015

Stores that sell used books are becoming relics but this one lives on just a stone's throw from The Liberty Bell. Organized disarray is probably the best way to describe the inventory. There are books, books and more books; today I'm going home with four....More

Thank Douglas L
Reviewed 19 August 2015

A must-see for any visitor; frequented by lucky locals. A Philadelphia institution without equal! Name any topic and you're sure to find plenty of offerings. Two volume-packed floors of books plus vintage vinyl records. There's a decent selection of local interest books up front that...More

Thank buztop
Reviewed 2 July 2015

I love going to that store! They have a great selection of books (also a good selection of books in foreign languages!) for very good prices. Books are always in good to very good condition.

Thank natheric2015
Reviewed 21 July 2014

Lovers of paper books, take a meander through the charming Old Town area a few blocks beyond the Liberty Bell and explore this double-story maze of overflowing shelves. I wish I’d had longer to browse, although in 30 minutes I found several first-editions that I...More

1  Thank BadgerCT
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