Frequently Asked Questions

Items can be donated by bringing them to our location at 5726 Thornwood Dr. in Goleta. You can find more information here.

Please visit this page for information about location and hours.

Over 100,000 items including over 50 different categories of books, plus CDs, DVDs, vinyl, puzzles, games and more. The full category list is here.

Every item at the sale has been donated to us from generous individuals, estates, libraries, schools, businesses and other non-profits.

Boxes and bags containing books must be kept in your immediate possession while you shop or left in one of the Holding Areas. Books left unattended around the sales tables or sales floor may be picked up and restocked.

We provide Holding Areas at both ends of the sale to allow you to safely keep track of the books you want to buy while you shop for more. Please note that on opening night, all books placed into a Holding Area are considered sold. 

Prices vary by category. Generally speaking, paperback books are priced $1-$3 and hardcover books are priced $2-$5. However, certain categories are more in demand or have items that are rare or special and items in those categories may have a higher price.

Books are offered as donated. The signatures in books with inserted slips indicating “autographed by” or “signed by” have not been authenticated by us.

We allow electronic scanners to be used in the sale, but please do not take any books to another location for scanning. Please scan books one at a time in place.

On the final day of the sale, all books are sold at half-price. In addition, during the final two hours of the sale on the final day, qualified individuals from non-profit and educational organizations are welcome to take remaining items at no cost.

We accept most credit and debit cards. We also accept check and cash. We do not accept online services such as PayPal or Venmo.

We accept monetary donations during the sale. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Please do not bring donated items to the sale. Each item at the sale has been carefully checked for condition and cleaned. We simply do not have time or manpower during the sale to accept on-site donations. Please wait until after the sale to donate your items then bring them to the warehouse. Click here for more information on donating items.

Yes. The sale is wheelchair accessible, with handicap parking close to the entrance. If you have any special need, please feel free to contact us.

All of our proceeds go to Planned Parenthood California Central Coast, which includes six health centers in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura Counties. The proceeds generated help Planned Parenthood fulfill their critical mission of providing families in our community with a wide range of vital educational and health care services, including wellness exams, cancer screenings and reproductive care.

These guidelines are established for the safety and comfort of all our shoppers:

  • Please be courteous to all shoppers and volunteers.
  • Only service animals are allowed.
  • Closed water bottles only; no other food or drink permitted in the shopping areas of the building.
  • No weapons of any type are permitted.  
  • Please abide by any Covid-19 restrictions that may be in place during the sale.

We would love to have you volunteer with us! Please visit the Volunteer Opportunities page on this website for more information.

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