Your Oregon used bookstore
Browsers’ Bookstore is a pair of brick-and-mortar independent bookshops located fairly centrally in Oregon. We have lots of customers who make the trip (pilgrimage?) from Portland, Salem, Eugene, the Oregon Coast, and Eastern Oregon…and a few further afield. We are open six days a week, and hope you can find a way to make Browsers’ a regular stop.
CLOSING IN FEBRUARY
Due to personal reasons, Browsers’ Bookstore is closing both stores at the end of February 2022. As of mid-September, there are several parties interested in buying the business, so there’s a possibility that one or both of the stores will continue under new ownership. If not, we’ll start having big sales in January and February to liquidate.
Please help us primarily by using your store credit, and by telling everyone you know. Word-of-mouth is what we’ve relied on for two decades, and we need you talking about us one more time, so that we can reach people who won’t otherwise see our announcements and marketing. Your credit can also be used to order new books–a great way to use up your credit, especially with the holidays approaching!
Yes, we are buying books
Both stores are buying books from 10:00 – 5:30, Monday through Saturday. You don’t need an appointment, just bring them in whenever we’re open.
If you’re bringing in more than 10 boxes, you might want to call first to ask for the best time. We do ask that you stay in the store while we go through them. (But we’re fast.)
We are willing to look at large collections at your home, but will need to email us photos of the collection first. In this case, a “large collection” usually means about a thousand books for sale, which is the equivalent of about five full-size bookcases. We don’t go to houses to look at collections that are largely paperback novels, modern children’s books, modern health & self-help, or textbooks–those need to be brought to the store.
We slow or stop buying around the end of the year, so bring your books in sooner rather than later.
Coronovirus measures at Browsers’ Bookstore
New hours & rules
As of now, both stores are “almost normal.” Here are the main things to know:
- Hours: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM Monday through Saturday.
- Facial coverings (mask, scarf, etc.) required for shopping.
- We are still happy to do curbside pickup or to ship to you.
- No public restroom.
- Yes, we are buying books! We are still being selective, and at this point are not guaranteeing to buy back books that you bought from us.
- All newly-acquired secondhand inventory is put into quarantine for a week. Please respect the quarantine areas in the stores.
The coronavirus is probably a world-changing event. The posts about this have to be innumerable, but here is my own, from the perspective of a bookseller and a small business owner:
Please be vigilant about your own health. And also, keep reading!
Looking for rare books?
Most of our inventory is not available online, so some good old-fashioned book scouting is the best way to find our best books. However, some of it is listed, and available by clicking the “Search Our Books” button on this page.
The William Stafford Collection
Browsers’ is pleased to announce that we have acquired about a thousand books from the personal library of Oregon’s Poet Laureate for 15 years, William Stafford. This is one of the most significant collections of poetry to come out of the Pacific Northwest, so if you have an interest in poetry, now is the time to participate. Please read this post for more details.
Those hard-to-find books?
Every month, we send out a newsletter with a variety of books–usually one or two rarities, one or two silly things, and a handful of stuff that you might not stumble across if you’re just browsing through the shelves. Also, a few times a year we give advance notice of sales, newsletter-only coupons, or employment opportunities. Be sure to sign up today!
Where else is Browsers’?
A surprising number of local book buyers discover us through some cool book we have in our online listings or social media. A fairly new online marketplace for us is Etsy, so be sure to check out our shop there for books that aren’t easy to find by just looking around our bookstores.
Find this old copy of “The Princess and the Goblin” and more at https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrowsersBookstore
(Almost) Daily posts on Instagram
Follow us on Instagram to see some of our most photogenic books and other cool book-related images. We sometimes sell stuff on Instagram before it even makes it to the shelf or our online listings, so it’s a good way to keep in touch with new arrivals.
Can’t make it to the bookstore?
If you don’t live in Oregon, or if we don’t have what you need in stock, you can order new books, movies, music, or ebooks at discounted prices using the link below. (We make a little commission, so you’re still helping us out.)
Thanks for supporting Browsers’ Bookstore!
If you love Browsers’ (which I’m sure you do), you might also like some of our fellow members of the Cascade Booksellers Association. (This is the organization that puts on the annual book fair in Portland.) Buying local really does make a huge difference in our community.
Here’s the newsletter for October 2019….I don’t always have time to put them on the website, so the only way to be sure to get one is to sign up!October 2019 Newsletter
New to the website are book-related videos. Stay tuned for more!Watch videos
Do you like us?
Like us on Facebook to keep up-to-date on special events, book talk, job opportunities, gossip, and more! https://www.facebook.com/browsersbookstore/
Follow us on Instagram to get photos of cool incoming books. https://www.instagram.com/browsersbookstore/
And be sure to ‘favorite’ our Etsy store, which is the best way to browse online! browsersbookstore.etsy.comFind us on Facebook