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About Thrift Books

Today you can purchase Charlotte's Web for even less than the day we started.

Our Story

  • History & Growth

    Thrift Books was started in July 2003 in a storage unit in Kirkland, WA, with a commitment to provide quality, cheap, used books at the lowest prices anywhere. Just two months after founding the company, the first book was purchased and shipped: Charlotte’s Web, by E. B. White, for $4.74.

    With warehouses distributed across North America, we have brought scale and innovation to processing and selling used books, allowing us to continually grow selection and ship even faster to Thrift Books customers.

  • Powered by People

    While cutting edge pricing technology and the latest supply-chain methods allow us to serve you better, it's our people that make the difference at Thrift Books. Each quality, used book is saved, sorted, rated, shelved and finally, shipped by hand. You can have confidence that the quality book you choose will be sent to you, unless our software tells us that a superior quality copy can be shipped to you more efficiently; then we'll give you an upgrade at no charge.

  • Today

    Thrift Books has been featured for pioneering methods in online used book selling in many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, Puget Sound Business Journal and The Software Development Times. As we grow, we continue to work with literacy and environmental charities to share our love of reading without impacting our landfills.

    The commitment to you, to price and to innovation brings our motto to life; Read More. Spend Less. As the company continues to grow, we continue to improve. Take a look at how much less you can buy a copy of Charlotte's Web for today!

Thrift Books was created with the goal of bringing the joy and benefit of reading to as many people possible.

Giving Back

At ThriftBooks, we recognize the opportunity to use our resources to give back to our communities and the planet.

  • Literacy Efforts

    In developing countries, 15% of children ages 6 to 11 are not attending school, and 65% of the world's illiterate population is female (according to UNESCO). Access to books is the largest factor holding back literacy for children and adults alike. ThriftBooks has donated more than 1 million books internationally to combat illiteracy, placing treasured resources in the hands of the people that need them the most.

  • Library Programs

    Many of us developed our love of reading through libraries. They play an essential role in our communities by encouraging literacy and providing free access to books. In 2007, we began partnering with libraries to provide them an easy way to raise funds. We’ve sold more than 1 million library books to our customers.

  • Reselling and Recycling

    Truckloads of books come through our warehouse doors every day. Tens of thousands of these books are sold to customers worldwide or shipped in bulk internationally. Material we can’t use is sent to recycling plants, where each ton of 100% post-consumer copy paper (approximately 1.4 tons of books) saves 24 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 4,100 kilowatts of electricity, and 60 pounds of air pollution. ThriftBooks recycles millions of pounds of books every year.

We sell or donate as many used books as possible to maximize their lifetime and value.

Who is Who at Thrift Books

  • Mike Ward


    Prior to joining Thrift Books, Mike Ward led the Development team at Wasatch Advisors, a financial advisor with assets under management of $10 billion. He has also worked as Webmaster for several Silicon Valley and Fortune 500 companies. Mike has also been instrumental in getting several high tech start-up companies off the ground and has brought both IT leadership and vision to help these small companies achieve quick and sustained growth.

    Mike is also a non-stop reader. The books on his nightstand this week include: Liar’s Poker, The Hobbit, Fablehaven: Rise of the Evening Star, The Life of Pi, Kiln People, and Artemis Fowl. He is also reading out loud to his daughters from The Little House in the Big Woods.

  • Deni Day

    Chief Financial Officer

    Deni came to Thrift Books with more than 10 years of financial expertise in ecommerce, most recently as Director of Finance (ecommerce) for the Daily Living and Photo lines at Walgreens. Prior to Walgreens, she was Audit & Accounting Manager in the Assurance group at McGladrey & Pullen.

    Deni has lived in Seattle for more than a decade and she holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Idaho. She loves running, keeping up with her 3 kids and, of course, reading. Favorite books include The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Count of Monte Cristo, Jane Eyre, The Hunger Games, and The Odyssey.

  • Debbie Olsen

    Director, Human Resources

    Prior to joining Thrift Books, Debbie worked in Human Resources in both the retail and restaurant industries. Her background involves all areas of the HR field with strong emphasis in employee relations, team and individual development and legal compliance. Debbie has a Bachelors degree in Business Management from Western Governors University. Debbie earned her certification in Human Resources Management from the University of Washington and holds both her SHRM-CP as well as her PHR status. Debbie enjoys reading books that speak of inspiration and overcoming challenges and especially enjoyed Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert and The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch & Jeffrey Zaslow.

  • Dan Hagen

    Director, Software Development

    Dan has been active in the IT sector for nearly 20 years. Prior to life at Thriftbooks, he worked for a variety of technology companies ranging from Avanade to Microsoft to NASA, with many points in between; his jobs have been equally varied, ranging from developer to DBA. He's also taught various computer science classes for the University of Washington and the Seattle College System, both here and abroad.

    An enthusiastic reader, Dan’s tastes range from John Irving’s haunting A Prayer for Owen Meany to Tim Power’s crazy Vegas fantasy Last Call, to recent works such as Ernest Cline’s video game epic Ready Player One and Andy Weir’s MacGyver-on-Mars ride The Martian. As for non-fiction, Dan harks back to one of his very early cosmology favorites, Isaac Asimov’s The Collapsing Universe.

    He lives in the Seattle area with his wife and four(!) dogs, proving he is probably crazy (re: the dogs, not the wife). When he’s not tinkering with technology, Dan enjoys writing short bios of himself in the third person and looking for subtle ways to use the word "emollient" in a sentence.

  • Matt Sand

    VP, Marketing

    Matt Sand’s first job out of college was managing a bookstore in the Washington, DC area. After years of being out of the industry, he returned to the book world when he joined Thrift Books in 2014. Except for brief stints as a stockbroker and blackjack dealer, Matt spent the intervening time honing his marketing acumen by working for retailers such as Eddie Bauer, Sur La Table, BuySeasons, and Zumiez.

    Matt’s love of reading started at an early age when he devoured pretty much anything he could get his hands on including classics like the Encyclopedia Brown series, Treasure Island, and The Chronicles of Narnia. Some of his current favorites are Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution, the Harry Dresden series, and The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl.

  • Rick Martinez

    VP, Operations

    Prior to joining Thrift Books, Rick Martinez was the VP of Operations at Cutter & Buck, a Seattle based apparel company. He has also managed Third Party Logistics and small package carrier operations. Books that Rick finds especially helpful are Lean Thinking by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones and They Call Me Coach by John Wooden.

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