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Buying, Selling and Recycling books in the DMV

Do you have books you're ready to donate? Would you rather:

1) Have me pick them up and pay you; or

2) Pack them up in your car, probably hurt your back, drive them to a thrift store, unload them into an impersonal, unfeeling bin and receive nothing?

If you're interested in #1, read on to learn How It Works.

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How It Works

  1. Using the form at the bottom of this page, you let me know you have books. We schedule a time for pick up.

  2. I bring the books back to my lair, pick out the ones I think I can use and pay you for them/make an equivalent donation to a local non-profit.

  3. I donate the rest of the books to thrift stores and other organizations I know are looking for certain things.

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FAQs

How much will I get for my books? 

On average, I will pay $2-8 for each book I want to buy. On average, that will be around 5-15% of books I pick up from any source. It depends on what you have. Could be more. Could be less.


What kinds of books are you looking for?

In terms of genre, it could be anything. Within each genre there is a small percentage of books I’m interested in buying. In the past three years I’ve purchased about 15,000 books and declined hundreds of thousands. 


How does the pick up work?

We pick up the books wherever they are, whenever you want. Most often it's a contactless pick up from a porch or apartment lobby, but we can also bring crates and pack them up inside. It’s up to you.


Is there a minimum or maximum number of books you’ll accept?

No job too large or small. And no books will be turned away. I understand that just getting them out of the house is the real benefit for many people.


What is the area you’ll pick up in?

Anything inside the Beltway works. I’ll pick up outside the Beltway on a case by case basis.


How does the non-profit donation work?

You can choose to direct your payment to a local non-profit. When we started this as a pilot program, Martha’s Table was the only recipient. In the first few months we were able to send them about $1500. As this side of the business expands, more organizations will be added.


Can you do a dedicated fundraiser for an individual school or other organization?

Yes. Inquire for details.

 
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About Peter Gwynn

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When he's not buying and selling books, he manages real estate and plays drums in the basement. Originally from Minneapolis, MN, he now lives in Washington DC with his wife, two teens, a wonderful dog, and a pretty OK cat.