About The Shop

We're Seattle's coolest used bookstore, independently owned & operated for over 30 years!

We have 4 live-in bookstore cats and a sprawling inventory of used, collectible and rare titles. We’re located in heart of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, just a 2 minute walk from the Capitol Hill Link Light Rail station.


Everyday we have a happy hour from 6-9PM, during which all of our books are 25% off! Our inventory is constantly changing, so please stop in to see what you’ll find. All of our inventory is used, sourced from various places (including customers such as yourself). We carry a large, ever-changing selection of plays, poetry, literature, sci-fi, horror, gardening, children's books, rare/collector's editions, etc.


If you visit us in person, you'll probably come across one (or two, or three, or four) of our live-in bookstore cats: Hardy, Eleanor, Buster, and Lily.


You can also shop rare and collectible titles from us online at Amazon or ABE Books. What we sell online differs somewhat from our in-store selection.

We're open 7 days a week, from 11AM to 6PM.

Call us: 206-324-2421

Email us: twicesoldtales1@yahoo.com


AbeBooks Visits Twice Sold Tales in Seattle

Twice Sold Tales is a classic used bookstore serving the community of Capitol Hill. The sign alone indicated there would be bookstore cats and we soon met Schmoo (so named because he smoozes the customers) and Eleanor, who was settled in a cardboard box atop a pile of books.

The owner Jamie Lutton has been a bookseller since 1987 and began her bookish business life selling from a cart. Twice Sold Tales eventually found its way to this former doctor's surgery in 2008 and today it is packed with thousands of used books, most general used copies but a few rare books too.