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Friday, August 27, 2021

Inside Trading at My Favorite Indie

I love indie bookstores, but unfortunately, there aren't many near where I live.  At least not right near me.  It takes 20 minutes each way to get to my favorite one, Changing Hands.  I visit a few times a year—always during December because the store gives a $10 off birthday discount and whenever I have a big stack of books to trade in for store credit.  My pile happened to be overflowing, plus I wanted to hit up the Trader Joe's next to Changing Hands, so I headed to the wilds of Tempe today to do some shopping.  

Here's what I took with me to trade:

These stacks are a combination of books I've received for review and those I purchased with my own money.  I do feel a little bit guilty about trading in volumes I got for free, but honestly, I donate a good 85% of my books to the library, so...

Of these 29 books, Changing Hands accepted 14 for a trade-in credit of $67.80.  I know the titles they accept depend on a lot of factors like current inventory, demand, sales, time of year, condition of the books, etc., so I'm always intrigued by which titles they take and which they don't.  The books they accepted from me (most of which were in new or like new condition) this time were:

Although you can choose to donate the books Changing Hands doesn't take for credit to the store, I always opt to take them to the library instead.  I'll be dropping what's left of my pile off there next time I go.  If you live locally and you want any of the leftovers, let me know.

What did I get with my newfound book wealth?  I thought you'd never ask!  Changing Hands sells both new and used books.  Since I prefer the latter, I picked up three new books (two are hardcovers) and one used paperback.  

  • Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos—deVos is a local author, so this YA satire/zombie novel, which came out in June, is signed by her.
  • Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo—This National Book Award winner explores poverty in India.  It sounds super sad, but also totally fascinating.
  • Thunderstruck by Erik Larson—I'm a new fan of Larson.  This 2006 book by the narrative non-fiction master explores the accomplishments of Guglielmo Marconi and the near perfect murder committed by Hawley Crippen.
  • Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara—This historical mystery/thriller came out earlier this month.  It concerns a family of Japanese-Americans who has just been released from Manzanar and is being resettled in Chicago.  The suspicious death of a family member who was sent ahead sends them into a tailspin.
After using my trade-in credit, I paid a total of $12.07 (including taxes) for these four volumes.  Since I spent over $10 in real money, I got a punch on my frequent buyer card.  Altogether, not too shabby of a trip.

What about you?  Do you have a local indie you love?  Do they accept books for trade-in?  Have you read any of the books I just traded in or bought?  


  1. I just found it interesting that we have different perspectives about what is near. I can’t get anywhere, let alone a book store, without driving almost 20 minutes! We live in a very rural area. Although I have access to a large metropolitan area within 30 minutes. Best of both worlds! I usually give all my books to the local library’s book sale.

    1. Ha ha. Perspective, right? I live in a very large suburb of Phoenix and everything is so close that I don't have to go very far for anything. A 40-mile round trip feels like a lot sometimes. I just wish Changing Hands would build a store closer to me so I could justify going more often!

  2. Great idea. I need to go back to my favorite indie bookstore in Flagstaff, Bookmans. If you ever come up north to Flagstaff, come check it out.

  3. I wish I had a bookstore near me that took trade ins like this!

  4. What a great idea that the store does trade-ins! I don't think we have anything like that here. And there is a Trader Joe's? Double score!

  5. Since we live in the same metro area, I've heard of your favorite (and visited it), and you've undoubtedly heard of mine: The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale. Although they don't take trade-ins, I don't care. I donate most of my read books or have giveaways. I've lost track of the number of events I've attended there, and the entire staff from the owner on down is a treasure.

  6. I wish I had a store like this near me. I think there may be a couple of indie bookstores, but with the pandemic, so many things have closed.

  7. I was thinking the same thing as takes me longer than 20 minutes to get my grandson to school, and starting again tomorrow that's twice a day. LOL

    I love the way this shop is set up, and I agree that you did well for the day...even driving so far and for so long. LOL

  8. That sounds great.. when I was younger we had a trade in store near us.
    You did very well for yourself.

  9. I love used bookstores and I love trading books in! Enjoy your books! Looks like you've got some great reading ahead.


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