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Book Buying Policy

How does it work?

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The Where

We buy books every day outside at the Main Barn location.  No appointment is necessary; it is first come, first serve. 

The When

We buy books all year round from 11am to 6pm.  We are open 363 days a year, and if the weather is clear, we are buying books.

The How

When you arrive, please park and leave your books in your car.  Walk to the buying tables and speak to an employee. We'll ask you how many bags/boxes you have and then provide further instruction.  When it is your turn we will supply you with a wagon if you need one. While waiting to sell, please do not crowd the buying table. Wear your mask and keep a proper distance from the other visitors.

 

We can't guarantee that we'll take every book, but we will take anything we believe we can sell.  We will make you an offer of a check or store credit (20% more) for what we can use.

Frequently asked questions

What if there is inclement weather?


On rainy days we only do limited buying. Please call us before you bring books out.




What kinds of books do we buy?


Because of the sheer volume of books we look through each week, we are selective in our book choices. Our inventory changes day-to-day and hour-by-hour, so what we need changes, too. We pride ourselves in running an ethical business and we deal in books in a professional and fair manner. We can't buy everything that comes our way, simply because we've run out of places to put them! We'll do our best to take what we can from each seller, but whatever we can't use must go home with you. We can provide directions to our favorite donation centers. There are a few types of books we never buy: ​

  • Encyclopedias
  • Ex-Library Stock
  • Harlequin, Regency or Love-Inspired Romances
  • Magazines
  • Reader's Digest Condensed
  • Textbooks
  • Books that have water damage and/or mold
  • Tapes of any variety (VHS, cassette, etc.)
Otherwise, we are happy to take a look (as long as books are clean and in good condition)!




How much do we pay for books?


The amount we pay for books varies greatly. Our offers are made using a sliding scale, based on the value at which the book will be sold. If we believe we can sell the book for a higher price, we will pay you more. Below are some examples of what we do buy:

  • Hardcover & trade-sized fiction
  • Mass-market (pocket) paperbacks
  • Hardcover & trade-sized nonfiction
  • Children's chapter & picture books
  • Audiobooks
  • DVDs & Blu-Ray
  • Comic books/Graphic Novels
Interested in store credit? Store credit is worth 20% more than the check offer and is valid at all four locations! Store credit never expires, but we do not keep records of them; if a store credit slip is lost we cannot replace it.




Do we accept donated books?


YES! We are always happy to accept donated books; we receive wonderful stock this way every week and are grateful for the help! You may bring books in to donate any day of the week between 11am and 6pm. No processing is necessary, just speak to an employee! We do not accept donations of books that we decided not to purchase. You must choose to either sell or donate. During COVID-19 we are unable to accept donations in the rain. Thanks for your undersanding!




Do we buy during the winter?


We buy books 363 days a year, winter included. Buying hours are still 11am-6pm at our Main Barn location. Again, please watch the weather! If it's raining or snowing we only do limited buying. Please call us before you bring books out.





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