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Boulder's used book buyers help you declutter for the new year

Caution: Weather may be colder and wetter than it appears.
Caution: Weather may be colder and wetter than it appears.
Gary J Wood ("Numinosity" on Flickr), CC BY-SA 2.0

This first Saturday in 2014 has brought more chilly weather to Boulder. Seriously, did we really need another six inches of snow? Yes, yes, I know, we need the moisture. Still, the accumulating white stuff makes it hard to think about leaving the house before spring. It certainly doesn't incline one towards spring cleaning and general decluttering.

Nevertheless, if you want to try to get some return on those unwanted books -- you know, the ones you have to shuffle off the table and onto the stove just so you can eat dinner? -- you might want to cautiously make your way downtown today. The Boulder Book Store (1107 Pearl Street) is closing its Used Books counter for its annual inventory from Sunday, January 5 through Tuesday, January 7, and the whole store will close early (5:00 p.m.) on Monday, January 6.

The Boulder Book Store's usual buying times are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday. You can also drop your books off at any register outside of those hours, and buyers will examine them as soon as possible. Boulder Book Store offers both cash and trade in exchange for good quality used books, including text books. Visit the store's website for some further criteria as to what buyers will and will not accept.

Another Boulder store that will consider accepting used books and textbooks in good condition is the Bookworm (3175 28th Street, Suite 2). Bring your offerings to the register at the back of the store during normal business hours, and they'll examine them as soon as they're able. They'll give you store credit in exchange for those books they accept; those they do not, you can either take away with you or leave with the Bookworm to be donated to a worthy cause. The Bookworm may also accept your non-book media, such as CDs, DVDs and video game disks; call the store for details before you make the trip.

Bonus: Read this great feature about the Bookworm that the Daily Camera published a few years ago!

You might also be able to get some cash for your used books at Red Letter Secondhand Books (1737 Pearl Street). Trident Cafe and Bookstore also buys used books Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; see website for their areas of special interest.

This is, of course, not an exhaustive list of options for pruning your bookshelf. Consider it a start. If I missed a spot you'd particularly like to see mentioned, though, you know how to get in touch!

It's OK, though, if the snow makes you miss this weekend. Boulder's used book buyers will be around for the rest of the year. But there's safer places for you to "temporarily" store your book overflow than on top of your stove. Honest.

Photo of the Boulder Book Store taken by Gary J Wood ("Numinosity" on Flickr), who has graciously shared it under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license. View the original here.