I found an Anniversary Phrase book and Dictionary from there. And my first Anni Functional Method books from another one. These were only $1 each and the place was tax free (charity thrift shop).
You do have to sometimes look continueously. But they show up from time to time from people who just want to get rid of their old books without the hastle of used book auction or selling websites. Plus they can do it for tax reasons.
I bought a Simplified Dictionary at a library book sale for one dollar. I have found shorthand books at thrift stores and garage sales, too. Unfortunately, I gave several away before finally deciding to take the adventure.
I modified the title because you brought up a good point.
And some libraries have them in stock (or by library loan) that you can use for a short time. You won't buy them, but can use them for a little bit of time. If they have they transcript or key, you can use that for self dictation, even if they're a different shorthand version.
I gave away several too, because I thought I wouldn't need them. I really don't now, but it's a fun hobby to have.
I've gotten most of my books through eBay and abebooks, but I got a couple from an outdoor sale while I was traveling. I went by Baton Rouge library's annual book bazaar, and they had two and a half decades of The Shorthand Reporter, the journal of the National Shorthand Reporters Association for twenty bucks. I'd call it a steal. I told a librarian who organizes the bazaars about my interest, and she said the shorthand books come up often, and that she'd let me know when they come up.
Would Freecycle have any? I've never looked into that. I just googled it and it has a yahoo group and my work banned yahoo groups (I have no idea why... I was a member of some crochet ones...) Can't you post what you want too?
"Gregg Shorthand had achieved the most extraordinary success ever attained by any system in the history of shorthand." John Robert Gregg, 1922
Internet Archive has some books you can borrow. These include other versions of Gregg Shorthand.
Books to Borrow Books in this collection may be borrowed by logged in patrons for a period of two weeks. You may read the books online in your browser, or download them into Adobe Digital Editions, a free piece of software used for managing loans. See FAQs about borrow
Remember that Andrew Owen has several books posted on his shorthand websie angelfishy.net.
Sometimes if you tell people you're interested in shorthand, you'll get lucky. My library knows about my interest. One day someone gifted them with a bunch of shorthand books, mostly Gregg Anni, Simplified, and DJ, but also some non-Gregg, non-Pitman stuff. The library didn't want any of it, so they put it out of the way and gave it to me as a surprise gift on my next visit there.
Whoops! That should be Andrew Owen's _website_, not "websie". Some of Andrew's books are the Anniversary manual, the Anniversary dictionary, Fundamental Drills in Gregg Shorthand, and 5000 Most Used Shorthand Forms. There's also some Pre-Anni stuff on his site. All are available for download. (Apparently the Gregg Publishing Company never renewed its copyrights, so these are presumably all in the public domain now in the United States.)