Thrift Books was started in July 2003 in a storage unit in Kirkland, WA with a commitment to provide quality, used books at the lowest everyday price 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.
While cutting edge pricing technology and the latest supply-chain methods allow us to serve customers 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. Customers have confidence that the quality book they choose will be sent to them, unless our software tells us that a superior quality copy can be shipped to them more efficiently, at no extra charge.
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.