Michael’s Very Best Books
are in our Collectors Lounge.
Our Store is OPEN:
Tuesday through Saturday
10am to 6pm,
We are closed
Sundays and Mondays.
What we buy!
The simple answer is “We buy things we things we think we can sell, that we don’t have too many of.”.
We are active buyers in all subjects, ranging from individual items to entire collections.
We are especially interested in buying books on Bellingham, Whatcom County, and Washington history.
Send us a note using our contact form to receive a list of other titles, authors, and subjects we’d like to buy.
We do not buy text books .
You must have a valid photo id to sell books.
What we don’t buy
There are a few categories of books that we generally do not buy. These include encyclopedia sets, magazines, old text books, Reader’s Digest Condensed, and series romances (Harlequins & similar series). Of course there are always exceptions for specific subjects and authors, so you might want to call and ask us about these. We invite you to browse our store while we consider your books.
We invite you to bring your books in to us.
Please bring books in clean containers. Boxes are preferable. We have hand trucks available for use at the store. If you know you will need assistance in carrying boxes into the store, or if you have more than 5 boxes, please call ahead to be sure we’ll have staff available to assist you.
We welcome book scouts and volume sellers but request that you call for instructions.
Our Store Hours:
10am to 6pm Tuesday - Saturday
Closed Sundays and Mondays
We Buy Books:
Till 5:306pm Tuesday - Saturday
We are not paying cash at this time on items brought to the store according to our daily and monthly budgets.
We are buying for book trade only.
Trade credit does not have to be used the same day. If you don’t want to shop the same day, we will issue a trade card that can be redeemed later. Trade credit does not expire, but we cannot replace lost or stolen cards. Trade credit can also be turned into gift certificates for your friends at any time. However, trade cards are not redeemable for cash.
We will still look at Large collections, Estate librauries, and choice better books for cash.
We will travel to your location in Northwest Washington and further for better collections, libraries, and estates.
Generally we will make an offer in cash for what we want to buy or double in trade.
If we offered you $10.00 in cash for a book, we’d offer $ 20.00 in trade. Trade credit does not have to be used the same day. If you don’t want to shop the same day, we will issue a trade card that can be redeemed later. Trade credit does not expire, but we cannot replace lost or stolen cards. Trade credit can also be turned into gift certificates for your friends at any time. However, trade cards are not redeemable for cash.
Is the book on the NYT best-sellers list? Is the book rare or collectible?
Is it just a good, salable bread and butter book (which make up most of our stock)? If so, and the below conditions are met, you may have a good seller. Please keep in mind that when you buy a new hardcover book at Costco, the market demand can be pretty high, but a few weeks (or even days) later, the market may be saturated.
While both hardcover and paperback books have used bookstore appeal, a marked, highlighted, tattered, dog eared book loses value fast. A paperback book loses its value if the binding is stretched or the pages are bent. To eliminate creases,use a bookmark and stop folding those pages. Don’t over-flex the binding; most paperbacks will split easily. We always prefer to buy a hardcover book with its dust jacket, but don’t let that stop you from bringing us the ones that lack them.
Our stock fluctuates depending on what is offered to us, what we buy and what we sell.
Ask us if there are any that you should bring back later.
How Much Will We Pay?
For general used books we pay up to 1/3 of used retail value depending upon desirability of the books. A book that sells for $5.95 new will may sell for around $3.00 in our store and we may offer $1.00 for it if we think it will sell quickly.
If we have other copies of it or see less demand we may offer 50 or 75 cents for it or not buy it at all.
When deciding how much we’ll pay, we always consider how long the book will stay on our shelves and how much space the given book will occupy. Anyone who’s been to our store can tell you that space is a primary concern!
We buy books in all subjects.
We buy books we think we can sell that we don’t have too many of.
Our need will fluctuate with our sales and inventory.
These are just some general and specific book wants.
To make sure you could give us a call or bring them in to the store for an offer.
Authors and titles of specific interest to us (what we’d like to buy from you)
History of Whatcom County (Roth)
Nooksack Tales and Trails (Jeffcott)
Trail Through the Woods (Todd)
most local history titles
Phillip K. Dick (any)
J.R.R. Tolkien (any)
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Robert E. Howard
Ray Bradbury (any)
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Orson Scott Card
Brian Jacques (Redwall series)
Moosewood Cookbook (and others by Mollie Katzen)
The Joy of Cooking (Rombauer)
foreign and local travel guides (less than 3 years old)
World War II
John Steinbeck (any)
Chuck Palahniuk (any)
Nevil Shute (HC or PBK)
Kathleen & Michael Gear
L. Frank Baum
David James Duncan
P G Wodehouse
William S. Burroughs
Hunter S. Thompson
Manly P. Hall
Eastern philosophy & religion
A Pattern Language (Alexander) – any in this series
alternative building books
Native American/ Indigenous Art
One Straw Revolution (Fukuoka)
anything on permaculture
Michelle Small Wright
Stephen Jay Gould
John & Mary Todd
Arms & Armor
boat building/ repair
Northwest nautical guides
A.A. Milne (Pooh)
The Black Stallion series
Gene Stratton Porter
Laura Lee Hope
Dana Girls mysteries
Joel Chandler Harris
older hardcover Box Car Children series (Warner)
older Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew
We Avoid buying books with:
Book Club Books
Hardcovers missing dust jackets
(blank unprinted boards)
Parents Magazine Press
Distracting or messy inscriptions
Role Playing Games
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If you have any other titles or subjects you are seeking, we welcome you to send us lists and we can search our inventory of almost 200,000 books in all subjects.