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Long distance shopping options galore!

For customers who live outside the Pittsburgh area, it must be heartbreaking. Seeing our cool events and our weird sales and All. Those. Tentacles.


As always, we’re here to help you through the rough times.

For a standard online shopping experience, you can simply browse our stores on Amazon or on ABE. You are also welcome to browse here and call ahead to have your books held for you for pickup. (we will hold books for up to 3 days)

Looking for a more personal touch? Looking for that collection of mysteries that you read five years ago and you know it’s about a librarian who crochets but that’s it? Maybe a personal shopper appointment is what you need! You can call ahead to schedule (and if we’re not busy we can often help you right away!) and the service is generally available any day other than Sunday.

Personal shopping services include:

Hard to find book searches – If you can’t figure out how to find the book you want, or you can’t even figure out what the book is, give Chris a call. Initial searches are free, and we offer extremely inexpensive options for extensive book searches and upcoming author releases alerts.

Personal shopping by phone – If you know you want to read on a general subject, but you don’t know exactly what you want, we can help you pick just the right book. We’ll take your information and offer you a number of options. Ask to set the conversation up via cell phone and Chris can text you photos of the books you might be interested in!

Gift packages assembled to your specifications – All we really need is a list of genres and a dollar amount to put together a gift package, but you can be as specific or non-specific as you like (we’ve assembled packages with “Books that all have an X in the title or the author’s name” and “Elephant things” for example.) Options for gift packages also include adding a shop mug, literary candle, or themed doll or gift item. Each package will also contain: A random selection of three of our pins and one odd item from our gifts section. The gift package minimum is $20. Shipping is included with all domestic orders.

For information on these services or anything else you have questions about: Email or call (412) 344-7444

A visit from Littsburgh

We were thrilled to get a visit from Littsburgh on Indie Bookstore Day. Check out the gorgeous video they shot!! 

Give Us Your Books

We’ve been getting more questions lately about book donations. So here’s a quick guide to giving us your books.

-If you want to trade your books for other books or sell your books for money, please click HERE Book trades and sales

-We are happy to accept most book donations any time we are open. We can not accept encyclopedia sets, text books or magazines, and if our small storage space is full we may temporarily stop taking donations. We’re happy to direct you to local libraries and other book buyers who might be interested when we can’t take your books in.


New schedule for spring and a day off!

We’ve changed our store hours to reflect our busier and slower days, plus Chris’ very busy schedule outside the store. We’re still flexible with out schedule for large trades or special events, so if you have a question about a time we’re not normally open, let us know!

New Hours:

Monday, Friday, Saturday: 10-7

Tuesday 11-8

Wednesday, Sunday 11-5

Thursday 12-5.

No trades on Thursdays or Sundays.

On Wednesday, 3/22, we will not accept trades after 2pm. We will be closed on Thursday, 3/23.

Join us at 6pm on March 25th for a special fundraising event in support of Ashleigh Deemer, a candidate for City Council. 


Enter a Realm of Horror…

We’re headed to Horror Realm! (

The store will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but there will be no trader present. We can’t let you leave books for the trader, there’s just no space! BUT Chris will be in Monday-Saturday this upcoming week for your book donations and trades!

In the meantime our mugs, hand-bound notebooks, wacky postcards and pins and a selection of our finest wierdery will be on display (and for sale!) at Horror Realm along with Chris’ handmade monsters, jewelry and bags.

See you in the Dealer’s Room!



Happy Martin Luther King day!

We’re going to be closed on Monday, January 16th. Normal hours resume on Tuesday, January 17th

While we know that most people don’t get to take Monday off, we encourage all our customers to take a moment to listen to or read one of Dr King’s speeches (maybe one of the less well known ones). Before and after the holiday, stop in and peruse our collection of writings by and about other Black trailblazers and activists, our collections on racial relations in the US, on slavery, on civil rights and on political movements. It’s a great time to better understand the past and make plans to better our country’s future.


“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

-MLK, 1967


3 Day SALE!

Friday 10 – 7

Saturday 10 – 7

Sunday 10 – 6 (special hours for the sale!)

Help us clear space and thin our shelves before inventory. Thousands of books will be 10-30% off!

The only books that WON’T be on sale are our mass market paperbacks (still only $10 for 10 books) our new book stock, and our Rare Books case. Everything else is on sale!

See you this weekend!


NaNoWriMo Go!

If you don’t know about NaNoWriMo, click here.

If you are working on a novel this year, we’re happy to say you’re not in it alone.  Check our Instagram for daily posts on books for writers. If you’re looking for a place to host a write-in event, feel free to contact us to schedule one during regular store hours.

And if you’re in the store and Chris isn’t making ornaments or moving books around, she’s working on her own NaNoWriMo novel, a mystery about a craft store owner trying to solve the murder of an obnoxious bookstore owner…


We’ll happily bribe you to follow us on Instagram

Not only do we post photos of books-for-sale almost every day, you can call or message us to hold a book you want to buy, or to have a book shipped to you.

If that sounds appealing (or if you just like free stuff) head over to:

and “follow” us. On Halloween we’ll give three new followers and three old followers prizes, and if you don’t live in Pittsburgh we’ll even ship them to you (as long as you live in the US).



All-Hallows Read starts October 1st!

We’ve been proudly involved in this October-long event for three years now. If you’re unfamiliar with the basic idea, Neil Gaiman explains it HERE.


Stop in any day this month and mention All-Hallows Read. We’ll give you one mass market Horror novel to read and one to pass on to someone else. We also have horror for kids and teens, just let us know what age you’d like a book for!


Since we get so many questions about our giveaway from people too far away to visit us in person we’re expanding the program this year! Order a book from us (of any kind) online and we’ll toss in a free mass market Horror book! Just use the shop links under “Hours & Location” on the home page and make sure to add a note about All Hallows Read with your order! If you’d like a book for a teen or child let us know, otherwise we’ll send an adult novel.