you want to sell us some books? Read
What types of books do you buy?
categories that we buy and do not buy are listed on the bottom
of this page.
We accept books in accordance with our current needs. We are
selective. We want books that are clean and in very good condition,
without writing or marks except for owner name. Hardcover books
generally need dust jackets.
We stock most kinds of books for all ages. We are most interested
in hardcover or larger paperback nonfiction, although we do acquire
and sell large quantities of fiction. We prefer literary fiction
to popular fiction. We limit our stock of smaller paperback stock
(mass-market size) primarily to the mystery/thriller and science
When can I bring my books to
the store? How many?
Noon to 4pm, 3
medium boxes or bags at one time (no large plastic tubs or bins).
may not be able to review your books quickly if we are busy or if
you bring in more than a dozen books at a time. In that case, we
may request you to leave your books for later review by filling
out out our intake form. In that form you will authorize us to proceed
to try to sell any of your books that we accept, and you will promise
to return within two weeks and take back any books that we decline.
you have a particularly large collection or library for sale, please
contact us to arrange a house call to review the books (if nearby).
How much will you pay me?
STORE TRADE CREDIT equal to 1/3 of our estimate of a book's
resale value, up to $10.00 in credit per book (or up to $1.00 in
credit for a mass market size book).
CASH (for hardcover books ONLY) equal to 1/6 of our estimate
of a book's resale value, up to $5.00 per book.
a hardcover book we estimate at $9.00 resale value would
mean a payment of either $3.00 store trade credit, or $1.50
cash. You can maximize your return by taking credit instead
of cash for all books.
Why won't you take all of my books?
Some books fall into categories that we don't stock, or just cannot
It may be the
condition of the books, or we may already have enough copies in
stock. They may be books that experience has taught us will not
sell quickly enough in the store for a reasonable price.
Can I donate the books you won't take?
- we appreciate the thought, but we have limited space, and
do not have time to try and find homes for books we can't use. You
might consider donating to a nonprofit organization such as a local
library or school, or thrift shop.
USUALLY NEED THESE TYPES OF BOOKS:
(although we can't use every book)
Classic literature (including Children's/YA)
Local interest (VA and DC)
Travel guides from 2012 or later
Vintage (pre-1961) fiction paperbacks
on tape/CDs, music CDs, DVDs
Books with highlighting or writing in them
Hardcover books missing their original dustjacket
Large print books
Yard sale or garage sale leftovers
Book Club editions
"Coffee Table" photo books, especially travel books (Art
books are the exception)
Computer program/application books
Foreign language books (except dictionaries or phrase books)
Non-fiction small paperbacks
Reader's Digest Condensed Books
Time-Life, National Geographic or similar series books
Travel guides earlier than 2012
course, we buy large quantities of many other fiction and non-fiction
books. We generally do not have room to stock duplicates, and our
need for particular titles or types of books fluctuates.