Palmerston has changed for the better since I last visited the town between Dunedin and Oamaru in the mid-1980s! Instead of being the town where the bus stopped on the way to Christchurch so passengers could stretch their legs. It now has an eclectic mix of secondhand shops along with a couple of very nice art galleries.
My favourite shop was Trash Converters with lots of collectables and plenty of secondhand books out the back.
My best buys were The Case of the Screaming Woman by Erle Stanley Gardner – hardcopy with dustjacket in good condition (1964 edition) and Essie Summers’ South to Forget also in hardcover with dustjact in good condition first edition 1963. Both bought for a total of $1.
Oamaru is full of great secondhand, antique and charity shops. Also two nice secondhand book shops. The Salvation Army Thrift shop is big and clean and on the main street of town – worth a visit.
Otherwise head down to the old part of town and rumage around in the art galleries, collectable stores and secondhand book shops.