a message from the owner

We’ve made some changes due to COVID-19

Hello All,

I hope this finds you well. I am very excited to begin to have you all back out to our store. We will be reopening this Friday 5/22/20. There are several things to note that have changed here at Blue Vase. Some will be temporary, others will be permanent.

Temporary changes:
During this time of caution relative to COVID 19, the following temporary measures will be in place at Blue Vase Books:
• We will NOT BE ACCEPTING TRADE-INS. This will be very temporary. We hope to resume trade-ins within several weeks.
• The building capacity will be limited to fewer occupants.
• We ask that all customers who are medically able to wear a mask while shopping.
• We ask that all customers maintain the 6-foot social distancing guidelines as best as possible.
Please be kind and courteous to others. I am a firm believer in individual responsibility and liberty. I am well aware that some are more fearful about COVID 19 than others. Should you be one of those people, please stay home until you are comfortable. For those who are less worried, please be considerate of others who are. It would not hurt one bit to put on a mask (whether you think it necessary or not) while in the store in an effort to not only be kind but also to be courteous to others.
I will not have my employees acting as a police force relative to the social distancing guidelines. Please do not treat them as such or ask them to confront other customers. Should you not feel comfortable, you are free to leave. Should you not be courteous, I will personally ask you to leave.

Permanent changes:
New Hours of Operation - Effective Friday, May 22nd, 2020, our retail store will be open to the public the following hours:
Fridays 10 am - 6 pm
Saturdays 10 am - 6 pm
Sundays 10 am - 6 pm
We do not have any plans at this time to open additional days.

New pricing structure - we have implemented new pricing for all of our products.
You can view our new pricing structure here (https://www.bluevasebookexchange.com/book-exchange) .
We have changed our pricing structure to be able to continue to provide a good selection and shopping experience while keeping pace with our rising costs. While the prices have increased, we are confident that our pricing, relative to selection and shopping experience, remains unmatched by any other used book store.
New Trade-in policy- we are implementing a new trade-in policy. We are not done with details just yet. We will announce final details and reopening of trade-ins very soon.
Since we began Blue Vase Book Exchange back in 2015, we have been very liberal and generous with giving trade-in credit. It has now become necessary to be more stringent on which books we will accept for store credit. To put it bluntly, Blue Vase must be able to make profits, otherwise, it will cease to exist. Giving credit for books that we are unlikely to be able to resell does not help in this regard.
Our goal is twofold - to be able to take as many trade-ins as possible, and to be able to give out as much store credit to the customer as we can for books that we think we can resell for a profit, all while doing this in a way that profits Blue Vase Books.
We now have years of data relative to which books will likely be able to be resold by us through one of our marketplaces. Most books brought to us will be scanned using our software to determine whether we will buy, and how much we can pay in-store credit.
While this will result in us taking far fewer books, there are some very bright spots to the new policy.
• We will continue to buy all children’s books that are graded to be in at least “good” condition.
• We will now begin to evaluate mass-market paperback books for trade credit.
• We will continue to aim for a “two for one” amount in credit. In other words, if we “accept” a book, we will give approximately one-half the value of our store price for that book in trade credit.

Thank you so much for sticking with us. We look forward to supporting each other during these challenging times. We hope to see you soon!

-Randy Kaastra, Owner