Pennywise Books
A San Diego Used Bookstore
1331 Garnet Ave. Pacific Beach

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(858) 270 - 1640


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There are no guarantees but here is a list of books I am very likely to buy:

  • Current hardback fiction (not yet in paperback)

  • Recent paperbacks

  • Books which are CURRENTLY on the bestseller list

  • Classics (Steinbeck, Hemingway etc.)

  • Science Fiction

  • Graphic Novels

  • Murder Mysteries (Agatha Christie etc.)

  • Beat authors (Kerouac, Bukowski, Hunter S Thompson)

  • Westerns (Lamour, Z. Grey, Johnson etc.)

  • Classic Children's Books (Dr. Seuss, Disney etc.)

  • Philosophy

  • Science

  • History

  • Historical Fiction

  • Kurt Vonnegut

This list is by no means exhaustive and there are exceptions to every rule. I am more than happy to look at any books that you would like to bring in the store.

Here is a list of books would NOT buy:

  • Damaged books

  • Books with highlighting or underlining

  • Textbooks

  • Encyclopedias

  • Christian Books (Sorry, there is no demand)

  • Audio Books

  • Magazines

  • Computer Books

  • Anything by Readers Digest

  • Anything by Time/Life

  • Books in foreign languages

  • Romance novels are good as trade-ins but I never pay cash for them because I have so many already.

Although I would not buy the books listed above I do accept ALL BOOKS as donations. They are used to replenish my $1.00 sale.





I pay 10% of the cover price for anything that I pick out. So a book with a cover price of $10.00 would get you $1.00 cash.

All you can really do is bring your books in. I look through them and pick out what I need and pay 10% of the cover price in cash.

If the books are the right kind there is almost no limit to how much I will buy.

I do not deal in rare or valuable books (for example: signed first editions) so I am unable to do any type of book appraisals.

My decision on what to buy is based on a number of different factors such as: desirability, market value, condition, and my current stock levels. 

In no case would I agree to purchase or evaluate books without seeing them in person. However, if you call and give me some idea of what types of books you have, I can probably say whether it is worth making a trip to the store.

No appointment is necessary I am happy to look at books anytime during store hours.

You must bring the books into the store. I do not make house calls and cannot leave the store to look in your trunk.


Do you give "lump sums" for books. For example $20 for a whole batch?

No. I must pick and choose the books which have value to me and give cash based on 10% of the cover price. Then when I am done if you want to leave the rest of the books behind that is fine.
I accept all books as donations.


When you are done buying books and I leave the rest behind what happens to them? Do you throw them away?

Most donated books end up on my $1.00 tables so they get recycled back into the book community.


Can I sell books and trade books at the same time?

Yes. I have stricter standards for books I pay cash for and many books I would not buy are perfectly good for trade--ins.


Pennywise Books
1331 Garnet Ave.
San Diego CA 92109
Cross Street: Fanuel
Established: 1982

(858) 270 - 1640


10:00 - 5:00
Closed Sundays
& Mondays

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Book Donations
Always Welcome


Prices: 50% Cover Price
Or Trade: 1 for 1 + 25% Cover

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