“Ordered chaos. They have so many rows upon rows of books that you could get lost in here.”
Twice Sold Tales - Washington
Tucked into the cute neighborhood of Capitol Hill, is Twice Sold Tales. The used bookstore is surrounded by numerous restaurants, which would be perfect to visit before or after your visit. One of the great things about the bookstore is their reward system. If you make eight purchases, and collect all the different cat themed book marks, you will receive credit. Alike other used bookstores, the prices are fantastic and seem to follow the “half off the cover price” rule. There is also usually a bargain section by the front door, with the books priced at $0.50, as well as $1 books by the cash register. If you’re looking to get an even better price on your purchase, visit the store between 6 and 7pm, when they are doing their happy hour sale – during this time, there is 25% off all books (except the uncatalogued ones). However, it is good to bear in mind, that if you have been building up your store credit, this promotion doesn’t apply to sales bought with it.
Twice Sold Tales is a general stock bookstore, with a particularly good science fiction and literature sections (these are their biggest sections). They also stocks local WA books, cookbooks, as well as a good travel section and an extensive history collection. Due to this great collection, it’s definitely worth checking out this bookstore before paying $20 for an expensive book elsewhere. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, the owners and the other staff in store are more than happy to help you. It’s also a great place to bring your old books which you aren’t going to read again, just to make a small amount of cash – this is particularly great for anyone who is looking for a new read, as you will get better value for your books by trading them in for store credit as opposed to cash. There are tons of books in the bookstore, you could spend hours trawling through the hundreds and thousands of books on almost every genre.
One of the best features of this bookstore, and one of the most talked about, is the two adorable cats who live there, and the two foster kittens. These cats roam freely through the store, and sleep where they please. You can tell that the cats are an intricate part of the store by the fact that they feature on the sign. So if love books, and you’re a cat or animal lover, then you are sure to love Twice Sold Tales!
Hours: Everday 12:00pm to 7:00pm
Telephone: +1 206-545-4226