1114 21st Street (between L & K streets)
Sacramento, CA 95811 // USA
Phone: 916-447-5696
Email: info@timetestedbooks.net


Store Hours:
11am - 7pm Monday-Saturday
11am - 3pm Sunday
(We're usually open late for 2nd Saturday)


Buy - Sell - Trade


Hours for Buying/Selling

In general, you are encouraged to make an appointment to sell books except when bringing back books you purchased at TTB.

Our store hours are:
11:00am–7:00pm Monday-Saturday 
11:00am–3:00pm Sunday

A book buyer is usually available to look at books on Saturday, Sunday and Monday 11am-3pm; otherwise book selling is by appointment only.  We encourage you to call ahead to confirm a buyer will be in.  If you have several boxes, please make sure to arrive at least an hour before we close or call to make an appointment.

Please keep in mind that we are increasingly selective and buy only what we think we need. Our offers are based on the expected retail value of the books we buy. Retail value is generally derived from condition, desirability, current & historic market value, in-print price, our current stock, requests, and condition.


CONTEXT/PHILOSOPHY:

There will always be physical books and people who read, love and collect them. WE BELIEVE that books will continue to be objects of expression, information, beauty and artifacts of cultural history, and the bookstore will continue to be one of the places where people will look for and find books. But sadly there are fewer and fewer brick and mortar bookstores and more and more people replacing physical books with e-books and other media. Therefore, Time Tested Books must by necessity be increasingly selective and offer trade credit for most books except for those that are especially desirable.

POLICY GUIDELINES:

Time-Tested Books strives to offer a wide selection of high quality, sought-after books, many of which are harder to find. They must be in excellent condition so people can proudly display them, but we seek to emphasize specific authors, titles and content rather than age or appearance per se.

VALUE:

There are at least four types of value to books: literary, artistic, sentimental and economic. Everyone must assess the first three types themselves. The economic value is based primarily on desirability, scarcity and condition, and we turn to abebooks.com to provide the primary guidance in setting the price we pay for and charge for books. On average, our goal is to offer approximately 1/3 to 1/2 half of what we charge for books in trade credit and approximately 1/4 to 1/3 in cash for books we really, really want. Unless it is no longer in salable condition, if you bring back a book that has the TTB sticker inside the front cover, you can apply half of that amount toward secondhand books and records on our shelves.  


MOST DESIRABLE BOOKS:
Archaic skills and crafts
Artist biographies
Bicycles & bicyling
California and the West
Chess
Children & young adult
Classics (especially "Modern Classics"--i.e. 20th century)
Cookbooks
Esoteric, occult, new age
Folklore, mythology, fairy tales
Graphic novels
Language: Spanish, French, Italian, Russian
Martial arts
Native American history
Physical fitness and body work
Music history and biography: underground, jazz, rock
Sacramento and the Central Valley
Travel guides less than three years old

We Do NOT buy:
Books in poor condition
Hardback best sellers
Magazines and periodicals
Short shelf life: diet, older travel guides, computer manuals, encyclopedias, etc.
Subscription:  Readers Digest, National Geographic
Textbooks
Book club editions, especially fiction
Car repair manuals, sheet music and scores, comic books


Trade Credit

We offer 50% trade credit on any books purchased from Time Tested Books, as long as you keep the price sticker intact and the book is returned in good condition:

No Rips, Tears or Stains/Water Damage
No writing or highlighting (with the exception of a discreet owner's name written in front)
No pages falling out or coming loose and no loose or broken spines/bindings