What We Buy
With limited space and thousands of books to choose from, it should come as no surprise that we are highly selective when choosing our stock. Below, you will find two general categories that outline what we do and do not buy. Please read it carefully, as it can save you, and us, time.
Used Book Guidelines
Good quality used books
bought, sold and traded on all subjects.
We usually consider books for purchase every day, generally up to one hour before we close. However, depending on volume, we frequently stop buying earlier. Mornings are best; if you can't come in until the afternoon, please give us a call beforehand.
Subject areas actively purchased:
Art, architecture, photography, antiques, history, California history,
Western Americana, Native American history, classics, music
(including songbooks and instrument instruction books), drama,
poetry, mythology, philosophy, eastern philosophy, yoga, Buddhism, metaphysics, Christian history, bibles,
concordances, commentaries, spiritual psychology, occult
Jungian psychology, newer cookbooks, boating, aviation, gardening, construction, foreign language, dictionaries, writing,
military history, martial arts, modern popular fiction (very selectively),
children’s books (selectively), books-on-cd and old radio shows,
comic books (for a flat rate of 10 cents a piece), graphic novels, signed books, Folio Society, Easton Press,
Franklin Library, Heritage Press, & Modern Library.
We also occasionally buy sets of The Great Books and The Harvard Classics.
Many other subjects considered on an “as-needed” basis-
check with us for our current needs.
Material not usually purchased:
College class books, school books, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, Book Club fiction,
computer books, Manga, encyclopedias, magazines, romance novels, outdated books,
ex-library books, books in poor condition, highlighted or underlined,
movies (including dvds, blu-ray, etc. unless they are criterion or otherwise collectible)
Mass market pocketbook paperbacks are accepted in trade for more pocketbooks.