Frequently Asked Questions

I buy books by appointment only. Read on for more information!


 
 
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How do I make an appointment?

Please call on the first of the month. I usually schedule only a dozen appointments per month, at which point potential sellers are asked to try again on the first of the next month. Appointments are set up for Tuesdays through Saturdays between the hours of noon and 4 p.m., and the calendar fills up quickly.


 

Can I just walk in to sell my books?

Sorry, no. I only take books by appointment. Small budget, alas.



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What kind of books are you looking for?

All kinds! Art, architecture, photography, gardening, history, science & nature, travel & adventure, cars & trains, spirituality, metaphysics, philosophy, biography, children’s & young adult, general fiction, mysteries, science fiction & fantasy, romance, horror, westerns.



 

What kind of books do you NOT want?

No stained, torn, or soiled books. No highlighting or underlining.

No text books or computer manuals.

No recent hardcover fiction once it's released in paperback. I'll still take classics, though!

No dated materials (e.g., travel books, old health or self-help books).

No Reader’s Digest Condensed, Advance Reader’s Copies, DVDs, audiobooks, textbooks, or magazines.

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How much can I bring?

Two boxes per appointment unless you've arranged with me ahead of time to bring more. Please be prepared to take back the books I can't use.


 

How much do you pay?

Book values have been affected by online markets, so there's no set percentage. I pay according to what price I plan to put on the book. The average percentage for most paperbacks is 15% of the cover price in cash or 25% in trade credit. Trade credit pays for books you purchase from Second Chances.


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To make an appointment, call or stop by on the first of the month.
I schedule book buys based on available days and budget restrictions.

6932 Sebastopol Avenue, Ste E
(just a few doors up from Screamin’ Mimi’s Ice Cream)
Sebastopol, CA 95472
Phone: (707) 827-8291
secondchances@sonic.net

Hours in September and October:

Closed Wednesdays
Monday-Tuesday & Thursday-Saturday 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

We will resume being open seven days a week in November and December.

Please don’t email me for an appointment.
But do contact me if you have any questions!