Welcome to the new online home for Golden’s Book Exchange of Waco, Tx!
Golden’s Book Exchange is proud to serve the Central Texas area, with over three decades of providing great bargains and excellent reading material to its patrons and a bright future stretching ahead of us!
Since taking over the business from her father, Charles Golden, proprietor Donna Carroll has been the bright smile and business savvy behind the bookshelves. Reading is not only a passion of the customers; over the years the bookstore has prided itself on employing some of the most knowledgeable, fun, and unique people to help make shopping with them a great experience from the minute you walk in the door. From the infamous “nickel table”, where all books with cut corners are sold twenty for a dollar, to the table stocked with brand-new comics each week, there is truly something for everyone in this store. People come in to soak up the one-of-a-kind atmosphere, perusing the shelves at leisure or rushing in last-minute to grab a book they couldn’t find anywhere else in town. With three individual rooms loaded practically floor-to-ceiling with titles, Golden’s boasts the largest selection of used books in central Texas. Ask for something truly unique or old and you might be surprised; with a vast inventory that literally changes every ten minutes, the store is likely to have something to perk your interest.
The books are typically priced at half of the original cover price. Current hardbacks usually range from $6 – $10; the older ones are piled high on a discount table that often offers sales as outrageous as ten hardback books for a dollar. The store is also notorious for its discount racks; there are books with red stripes which sell for fifty cents each, and a giant table full of books with cut corners which retail for a nickel apiece.
And of course there’s the trade policy! Bring in your books for a trade; Golden’s offers 25% of the original cover price in store credit, which they keep on file. The credit never expires and you can use it at your leisure or share it with others; it is good toward most items in the store. Books that are not being accepted as full-value trades will still give you SOME credit, but they may be marked for discount. That depends on several factors, including their age, condition, and the store’s current inventory.
Maybe the most exciting thing Golden’s offers is the Half-Off Sale, which kicks off on the first Thursday of every other month (tip for marking your calendars: It’s ONLY on the even-numbered months!). The sale runs Thursday through Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm and everything in the store except for comic books and records are an additional 50% off, making them 75% off from the original cover price. The sale price DOES NOT apply if you decide to use book credit to pay for your purchase. It’s a great time to stock up on your reading in bulk, because whatever books you purchase can be returned for store credit after the sale! So if you buy $20 worth of books, you can get $20 in store credit when you bring them back in later!