Sell / Trade

We consider all good books, CDs, and DVDs in very good or better condition!  See below for more info on what we usually want and what we never do.

Please come in through the 453 S Spring St lobby entrance when selling.  If you come to the front entrance on 5th St, the guard will ask you to go around to the Spring St. entrance.

Books: Bring your items in to our Buy Counter in the back of the store seven days a week from 10am – 5:30pm.  (We close the Buy counter early at 5pm for ArtWalk, the second Thursday of every month.)  If it is raining, please cover your books thoroughly! Water damage devalues books immensely.  (See below for information on parking and transporting.)

Records: our buyer is usually at the store Wednesdays 12 pm to 6 pm, and Sundays 12 pm to 6 pm.  It’s best to contact him ahead of time to let him know you’re coming, as he is not always there the entire time.

Getting them here: If you are bringing in more than a few boxes, the best place to park is on the street or in the pay parking lot just before the Spring Arts Tower lobby at 453 S. Spring St.  If you have a large amount of books, call us when you arrive! We can provide a hand-truck to help if you have a large amount of books.

Please come in through the 453 S Spring St entrance when selling.  If you come to the front entrance on 5th St, the guard will ask you to go around to the Spring St. entrance.

Compensation:  We’ll make you a cash offer and a trade offer.  The trade offer will usually be 50% more and good for used books only.  If you drop your books off after 6pm (or if you have a large amount of books), we’ll look at them within a day and give you a call with our offer.

What we usually need in good condition:  Classics, books published within the last few years, feature film DVDs, TV show boxset DVDs, fashion, art, architecture, photography, counterculture, philosophy, non-fiction, graphic novels, contemporary literature, music books, recent cookbooks, mathematics, young adult, sci-fi/fantasy, current textbooks published the past 3 years, and much more!

What we never take:  Encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest, really dirty or moldy books, magazines from the past 20 years, most hardcover novels, kids books not in like-new condition, old business, computer reference, or politics.

Questions?  Talk to us in person at the store or call the store at 213-488-0599.  You can also email us about books here and about records here.

We buy estates. We can make house calls for large collections over 1000 books/40 boxes. Please email us or call 213-488-0599 and leave your number.

LIST OF WRITERS WE USUALLY BUY (by no means complete):

·    ALBERT CAMUS
·    ALDOUS HUXLEY
·    ALFRED BESTER
·    ALLEN GINSBERG
·    AYN RAND
·    BILL BRYSON
·    BRET EASTON ELLIS
·    C.S. LEWIS
·    CARL JUNG
·    CARLOS CASTANEDA
·    CHARLES BUKOWSKI
·    CHESTER HIMES
·    CHUCK PALAHNIUK
·    CORMAC MCCARTHY
·    DAVE EGGERS
·    DAVID FOSTER WALLACE
·    DAVID MITCHELL
·    DAVID RAKOFF
·    DAVID SEDARIS
·    DON DELILLO
·    DONNA TARTT
·    EMILY DICKINSON
·    ERNEST HEMINGWAY
·    F. SCOTT FITZGERALD
·    FLANNERY O’CONNOR
·    FRANZ KAFKA
·    FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
·    FYODOR DOSTOYEVSKY
·    G. FLYNN
·    GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
·    GEORGE ORWELL
·    GEORGE R.R. MARTIN
·    H.P. LOVECRAFT
·    HARUKI MURAKAMI
·    HILARY MANTEL
·    HOWARD ZINN
·    HUNTER S. THOMPSON
·    IAN FLEMING
·    IMMANUEL KANT
·    ITALO CALVINO
·    J.D. SALINGER
·    J.G. BALLARD
·    J.R.R. TOLKIEN
·    JACK KEROUAC
·    JACQUES DERRIDA
·    JAMES M. CAIN
·    JEAN-PAUL SARTRE
·    JEFFREY EUGENIDES
·    JENNIFER EGAN
·    JIM THOMPSON
·    JOAN DIDION
·    JOHN FANTE
·    JONATHAN FRANZEN
·    JONATHAN LETHEM
·    JORGE LUIS BORGES
·    KURT VONNEGUT
·    MARGARET ATWOOD
·    MARIO VARGA LLOSA
·    MICHAEL CHABON
·    MICHEL FOUCAULT
·    MIKE DAVIS
·    NEIL GAIMAN
·    OLIVER SACKS
·    PABLO NERUDA
·    PHILIP K. DICK
·    RAINER MARIA RILKE
·    RAY BRADBURY
·    RAYMOND CHANDLER
·    RICHARD BRAUTIGAN
·    RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
·    ROBERT HEINLEIN
·    ROBERTO BOLANO
·    SALMAN RUSHDIE
·    SIGMUND FREUD
·    SLAVOJ ZIZEK
·    STEPHEN KING
·    SYLVIA PLATH
·    TERRY PRATCHETT
·    THOMAS PYNCHON
·    VLADIMIR NABOKOV
…AND MANY MORE