*Bookmans does not give online quotes for trade items in the comments. If you would like a price quote for your items, items must be brought into a Bookmans store for evaluation.

Everyone loves to shop at Bookmans, and we couldn’t be happier about that! Bookmans is known throughout our communities for many things, but the one thing that customers always want to know more about is what we want to trade. When customers come to our trade counters with boxes full of goodies, our buyers overflow with anticipation. What will be in this box? Will it be something unique? Something collectible? Something that is going to fly off our shelves?

BRING US YOUR MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS! Whether it’s an acoustic guitar, a drum set, an old Casio keyboard, or something off the wall like a singing Tesla coil, we want it. Bring in any and all instruments you have at all Bookmans stores.

For anyone uninitiated, Bookmans has a Buy-Sell-Trade business model. When we say that our shelves are stocked by our community, we mean it. Here’s how it works:

  1. You bring your gently-used and lovingly cared-for items to a Bookmans trade counter. These items can range from books to vinyl to vintage action figures to jewelry and beyond. If you’ve been in a Bookmans store, you know we carry just about anything and everything on our shelves.
  2. Bookmans’ buyers will take your items/boxes, and from there, you are free to leave and come back, browse our store, play some video games at our game station – whatever you like to pass the time.
  3. Bookmans’ buyers are trained to evaluate the items brought in based on several criteria. The basic criteria are:
    a) Item condition. A much-desired item in great condition is best.
    b) Item sellability. Our goal is to resell our trade items, but not all items, even ones in great condition, are good sellers.
    c) Our current stock. Bookmans’ supply lines extend far beyond our orange shelves. Our buyers will consider how many of these or similar items we currently have in stock both on our shelves, in our backstock, and in our warehouse.
  4. When you return to the trade counter, your buyer will give you a trade offer. These offers all come in trade credit and cash. Trade credit is always significantly higher than cash offers. Obviously, we want to encourage customers to find something new they love at our store.
  5. The buyer will return all of the items that they are not including in the trade offer to you. The choice to accept or decline the offer is all yours.

Trust us when we tell you that we want your trade items as much as you want to give them to us. The last thing we want to see is a look of disappointment on our customers’ faces when they get the items they brought in to trade back without an offer. Bookmans wants to help everyone get top-dollar for their items on all future trades. That’s why we’ve created a ‘Bookmans Wants’ board at every store. 

So what are our stores looking for this month? Find out below! Bring in these specific titles that we’re on the hunt for and you’ll earn top dollar on your offer! 


The Meaning of Mariah Carey by Mariah Carey
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song edited by Kevin Young
The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener
Unworthy Republic by Claudio Saunt
The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante
Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi
Wow, No Thank You by Samantha Irby
A History of My Brief Body by Billy-Ray Belcourt
A Neon Darkness by Lauren Shippen
Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby
Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Conjure Women by Afia Atakora
Even As We Breathe by Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle
Intimations by Zadie Smith
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
The City We Became by N.K Jemisin
A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet
The Undocumented Americans by Karla Corejo Villavinencio
When No One Is Watching by Alyssa Cole
Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam
Luster by Raven Leilani
Deacon King Kong by James McBride
Memorial by Bryan Washington
The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans

National Book Award Winners:
Tokyo Ueno Station by Miri Yu
Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu
The Dead Are Arising by Les Payne and Tamara Payne
King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender
DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi

National Book Critics Circle Award Nominees 2020:
Inside Story by Martin Amis
If I Had Two Wings by Randall Kenan
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
How to Pronounce Knife by Souvankham Thammavongsa
Memorial by Bryan Washington
The Broken Heart of America: St, Louis and the Violent History of the United States by Walter Johnson
Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Future by James Shapiro
She Come By It Natural: Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah Smarsh
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson
Island on Fire: The Revolt That Ended Slavery in the British Empire by Tom Zoellner
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope by Shayla Lawson
Golem Girl by Riva Lehrer
The Dragons, The Giant, The Women by Wayétu Moore
Home Baked: My Mom, Marijuana, and the Stoning of San Francisco by Alia Volz


Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters
Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud
Moses Sumney – Græ
Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
Perfume Genius – Set My Heart on Fire Immediately
Bob Dylan – Rough and Rowdy Ways
Yves Tumor – Heaven to a Tortured Mind
Haim – Women in Music Pt. III
Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?
Bad Bunny – YHLQMDLG
Taylor Swift – Folklore
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Run the Jewels – RTJ4
BTS – Map of the Soul: 7
Bartees Strange – Live Forever
Fleet Foxes – Shore
Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension
Thundercat – It Is What It Is

Video Games

Hades – Nintendo Switch
Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Nintendo Switch
Final Fantasy 7 Remake – PS4
Kentucky Route Zero – Nintendo Switch and PS4
Spider-Man: Miles Morales – PS4 & 5
Persona 5 Royale – PS4
Ooblets – Xbox One, Xbox X
Genshin Impact – PS4 & 5
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 & 2 – PS4, Xbox One
Cyberpunk 2077 – PS, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One X
Doom Eternal – PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Call of Duty: Warzone – Xbox Series X, PS5, Xbox One, PS4
Assassin’s Creed Valhalla – PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox One
The Last of Us 2 – PS4
Astro’s Playroom – PS 5
Spiritfarer – PS4, Nintendo Switch
Yakuza: Like a Dragon – Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4
Ori and the Will of the Wisps – Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch