Twice Sold Tales second hand book store is fully up and running in its new location near the corner of NW Market St and 20th Ave NW. The store has a street entrance off 20th Ave NW and can also be accessed through a doorway in Bauhaus Coffee.
Ballard’s newest second hand book store has quickly settled into the neighborhood and owner John Watkins is pleased with the reception that the store has received. “People are happy to have us here,” says Watkins.
Watkins has worked in the book business in partnership with Jamie Lutton since 1992 when they opened their first store in Wallingford. He then opened two stores in the U-District before moving the business to Ballard last month. “It’s quite different having the business in Ballard. It is an up and coming neighborhood and we’re looking forward to people coming in and enjoying the store,” says Watkins.
Watkins is also a long-time Seattle resident who volunteered at the Center for Wooden Boats since 1987, and co-founded the Sail Now! sailing instruction program there in 1989.
Twice Sold Tales stocks a range of pre-loved books sure to please even the most avid booklover. The range includes a vast selection of fiction, non-fiction, historical and philosophical titles just to name a few. The store also stocks rare titles and first editions.
In terms of what is selling well at the moment Watkins says, “it seems that the paperback fiction books are doing very well and we are pleased to have a wider selection of children’s books in stock since we moved to Ballard.”
Booklovers who are interested in selling their pre-loved books to Twice Sold Tales can bring in the titles in exchange for store credit. Watkins plans to expand the book buying service to include cash payments for books brought in in the near future.
Twice Sold Tales is now open from noon to 8 p.m. everyday and are offering a special happy hour discount of 25% daily from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Gift vouchers can also be purchased for the store.