Buying Policy

While it may seem that our shelves are bursting at the seams, we are almost always taking in saleable books for cash or trade credit.

We do not pay cash for books, nor do we take in large quantities on trade during the months of July and December.

  • Because of the high volume of books we are offered every day, we strongly suggest that you make an appointment to bring in books. While we may be able to look at books on-the-fly, those who have appointments always take priority and we must sometimes refuse books if we are too busy.
  • If you have one box of books or fewer, we can generally evaluate them for trade credit any time between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Monday through Friday. We cannot evaluate books outside those hours or on weekends without prior, special arrangements.
  • If you would like cash, have more than one box or something particularly special, we ask that you make an appointment. If you have a lot of books (more than 1000), we may be able to make a house call with sufficient notice.
  • Usually we offer trade credit at 50% of the price we expect to sell the book for. When you purchase books, half of the purchase is taken off your trade account and you pay the other half plus tax with cash, check or credit card.
  • When we buy books outright, we generally offer half of what we would give in trade credit. We do not sell anything on consignment.
  • We do not take donations and cannot dispose of books we cannot use.
  • While we generally try to take books back that were purchased in our store, sometimes we are already overstocked in a particular title and simply cannot find the space for one more.
  • We do not sell books that are in poor condition, no matter how old. We are not generally able to take books with extensive wear, soiling, highlighting, library marks, underlining, bad smells, or that are missing their dust jackets (if issued with one). We do not deal in broken sets, encyclopedias, Readers’ Digest condensed books, or dated (more than 5 years old) textbooks.

The kind of books we are looking for in good condition include:

• Academic theology
• Architecture & design
• Blacksmithing
• Books about books
• Buddhism & Eastern Philosophy
• Children’s books
• Classic literature
• Contemporary literature
• Cookbooks, both recent & classic

• Counterculture
• Current textbooks
• Esoterica
• Fashion
• Fine bindings and small press
• Graphic novels
• Mathematics
• Music books

• Mysteries
• Nautical
• Northwest History
• Philosophy
• Pop-up books
• True crime
• Young adult
• & much more