FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Additional Information

WHO IS PERSNICKETY BOOKS AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BURLINGTON?
Persnickety Books Inc is owned and operated by Herb & Shawna Gentert who moved to the Burlington area in early 2017 along with their family. (Hi!)
We opened our doors in late November 2017 with just over 5,000 titles and a dream.  Now, with two floors of their deceptively small store ("It's bigger on the inside!") stuffed with well over 30,000 books showing on the shelves they are well on their to becoming THE BEST place to buy used books in Burlington, NC.


WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

We're located at 117 W. Davis St, in downtown Burlington, NC half a block down from the famous landmark Zack's Hot Dogs.  Look for our black cat on a stack of books logo on our sign out front in our historic building with our big display windows out front.


WHAT ARE YOUR STORE HOURS?

Persnickety Books is open Monday through Friday 10 AM - 6 PM and Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM so you've got many opportunities to visit our store and soak in all the booky goodness.


HOW CAN WE CONTACT YOU?

You can call our store at 336-934-4300, email us at shawna@persnicketybooks.com or snail mail at 117 W. Davis St, Burlington, NC 27215.
You can also follow us on Facebook or Instagram at persnickety_books.


DO YOU ACCEPT DONATIONS OF BOOKS?
We do!  Many of the books on our shelves are donated from various sources including members of the community like you!  It's one of the ways we can keep our prices so low and give books back into our community where the people need them most.  We also have a buy-back program for store credit.  You can learn more about our trade-in program here.


DO YOU EVER BUY BOOKS?

Sometimes.  We can offer cash for some more recent edition textbooks and other college literature. Bring it down to the store during our regular store hours and we can take a look at it and make you an offer.  Cash offers are not negotiable and you are under no obligation to accept the offer. 


CAN YOU FIND A PARTICULAR BOOK ON THE SHELF FOR ME?

As a used book store with low prices we have very little control over what books we get in and the high volume of books coming and going make it so we can't effectively hunt down specific titles.   We don't have a database at this time (coming soon!) so it's really best if you come down to the store and have a look.  We can definitely point you in the right direction of where a specific title might be located.


WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT DO YOU ACCEPT? CASH, CREDIT, DOUBLOONS?
Persnickety Books accepts cash, all major credit cards and doubloons, if you happen to have any on hand.  Sorry, we cannot accept checks or bits of string at this time.


I KNOW YOUR PRICES ARE ALREADY LOW, BUT DO YOU OFFER ANY DISCOUNTS?

 We currently offer a 20% discount to educators as long as they show some sort of proof that they are affiliated with a school or something that verifies participation in homeschooling. This can be, but is not limited to; teacher ID card, pay stub, union card, e-mail verification, etc.