Book-Buying Policy

We do buy books! More desirable books include Michigan history, fiction by Michigan authors, first editions, signed/inscribed books, old children's books in dustjacket, old children's series books, illustrated books, early readers/primers, philosophy or eastern religion, occult subjects, cookbooks (specialized, older, or ethnic), military history, Native American or African-American studies, pre-1900 medical books, agriculture, Beat poetry and fiction, science fiction, mysteries, selected general fiction, out-of-print titles, and anything unusual or curious.

Other items of interest are old postcards, pamphlets, sports programs or ticket stubs, theater/music/ballet programs, magazines and pulp magazines, maps, advertising trade cards, old catalogs, radio items, train timetables, stereoviews, autographs, some original paintings (particularly art from paperback covers).

We do not buy Reader's Digest condensed books, most textbooks, most encyclopedias, book club editions, incomplete sets of books (especially on subjects that get outdated quickly) or virtually any book in fair to poor condition.

It's best to phone the owner, Ray Walsh, with any questions about specific books you'd like to sell. Even though a book may be old, that does not necessarily mean it is valuable. Also, several thousand copies may have been printed of popular or recent titles—thus, it's possible we already have that book in our stock. Ray is often in the shop on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays after 3:00 PM. Please do not come in before talking to Ray to ensure that he will be available.

Either cash or store credit is available for books sold. We accept paperback book trades in only mystery, science fiction or general fiction. In order to trade, books must be in decent condition and not duplicates of our current stock—then we can trade two-for-one in the same genre (mystery, science fiction, or general fiction.)

We are interested in some estates and collections. For leads on any nice collections we can pay a finder's fee.

If you would like copies of more detailed lists (with specific authors & series titles) please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to us with your request for a book, magazine, or "other" list.