347 S Main St
Burlington, NC 27215
* Please note that due to COVID we may adjust our hours and the most current schedule will always be posted on our Facebook page
Have a question?
Check out our helpful list of FAQs below!
WHO IS PERSNICKETY BOOKS AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN BURLINGTON?
Persnickety Books Inc was founded by Herb & Shawna Gentert in late November 2017 with just over 5,000 titles and a dream. They rapidly expanded the inventory in their deceptively small store on West Davis Street and soon had over 30,000 books lining the shelves of their two-story space.
Due to personal reasons, Herb and Shawna realized in late 2018 that they would have to leave Burlington and return to family on the west coast. Not wanting to deprive Burlington of THE BEST place to buy used books, they began the search for new owners. In February 2019, Ian and Kristina Baltutis purchased Persnickety from Herb and Shawna, and the Persnickety story continues!
In July 2019, Ian and Kristina relocated the store from its original location on West Davis Street around the corner to South Main Street. This new location offered the opportunity to move the entire inventory onto one floor, improving the accessibility of quality used books for all.
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 trade-in program for store credit.
DO YOU EVER BUY BOOKS?
Very rarely. We can offer cash for some more recent edition textbooks and other new or hard-to-find titles. 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 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?
Persnickety Books accepts cash, all major credit and debit cards and doubloons, if you happen to have any on hand.
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.
CAN I HOLD MY EVENT IN YOUR SPACE?
YES! Please visit our event space page for more information!
Still have a question? We’d love to hear from you! Submit your inquiry via the contact form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!