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Bufftown Bargains and AAUW Used Bookstore open at the same location in Jamestown – Jamestown Sun

JAMESTOWN – The AAUW Used Bookstore and Bufftown Bargains are open to customers at 810 18th St. SW.

Penny Dockter, manager of Bufftown Bargains, said the public response to the opening on June 12 had been “great”.

“Everyone said the combination of bookstore and thrift store was good,” she said.

Both stores are open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bookstore and thrift store share a checkout counter located in Bufftown Bargains.

Bufftown Bargains is owned by Lucas Dockter. The thrift store has everything except furniture, Penny Dockter said.

“We accept clothing of all sizes, children's clothing, adult clothing, and teen clothing,” she said. “And then household items. A little bit of everything.”

People can donate the items or put them on consignment, she said.

“We have two options for shipments,” Dockter said. “You can donate to yourself or to a charity or group within a 70-mile radius of Jamestown.”

Individuals who donate to a charity or organization receive a portion of the proceeds from the sale of their items to benefit that charity or organization.

According to Dockter, charities or organizations that have been helped so far include Prairie Paws Rescue, James River Humane Society, Frontier Village, Safe Shelter, Medina Public School, St. John's Academy, Jamestown First Assembly and Mayer-Morlock American Legion Post 250 in Gackle.

“Once the proceeds reach $500, we present a check to the charity or organization,” she said.

She said they encourage people who sign up an organization or charity to let that organization or charity know they have an account and to bring their items to Bufftown Bargains and let them know they are covering that charity or organization.

Drop-off days for donations or consignments are Monday and Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. People should bring items to the east door of the building, Dockter said. They are not accepting furniture or items out of season and reserve the right to go through items when they arrive, she said.

They plan to keep the store's inventory current, Dockter said.

“We’ll get the articles through pretty quickly,” she said.

Clothing will be moved out every 30 days and household items and other items will be moved out every 60 days to ensure a fresh inventory, Dockter said. They also plan to post new items in the store daily on their Bufftown Bargains Facebook page.

Everyone said the combination of bookstore and thrift store was good.

Penny Dockter, Manager, Bufftown Bargains

“We've noticed that since we opened, people have been here every day browsing. So we just want to put as much as we can on the shelves and clear out the old items and put in the new ones,” Dockter said.

Clothes taken off the shelves after 30 days are donated to the Dakota Boys Ranch, which sends them overseas to those in need, she said.

Dockter said Bufftown Bargains is more of a charitable enterprise.

“When we started this, we decided that this is what we wanted to be, that we wanted to give back to the community because there are so many different things needed here,” Dockter said.

She said they might open a room with Christmas merchandise during the Christmas season and that there is other space in the building that could be used as well.

Book donations to the AAUW Used Bookstore have remained steady since the nonprofit reopened on June 12, said Jody Larson, a volunteer with AAUW (American Association of University Women).

“We rely on donations from the community for our books,” she said. “All of our books are donated.”

The bookstore is operated by the Jamestown AAUW chapter of over 30 members.

The bookstore moved to the new location after the building that housed it and Dakota Store was slated for demolition in downtown Jamestown. More than 30 volunteers helped with the move, transporting 500 boxes of books in four hours, Larson noted.

“The community support and volunteers from the community have been tremendous,” she said, including help from the University of Jamestown men's basketball team. Volunteers also helped put the books on the shelves at the new location.

Jody Larson, a volunteer with AAUW in Jamestown, says the AAUW used bookstore relies on book donations from the community. The bookstore has reopened at 810 18th St. SW and shares the location with Bufftown Bargains, a used bookstore.

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The AAUW used bookstore carries the same book categories as its previous location, Larson said.

The bookstore offers a variety of books including:

  • Novels – Fantasy, Western, Romance and Large Print
  • Non-fiction – biographies, cookbooks, religion, history and reference works such as dictionaries
  • Fiction and non-fiction from North Dakota
  • History of North Dakota
  • History of Jamestown
  • Sports
  • Art
  • Young adults and children

At the new location there is a small seating area and a table for children in the children's book area.

The store has some floor plans to help people find the book categories they want, and more will be added, Larson said.

“People compliment how it looks here,” she said of the new location. “…People say it's brighter, it looks fresher. People are impressed with our organization (of the bookshelves and labels).”

Prices for the books in the bookstore are $3 for paperback and $5 for hardcover and can be found on the front cover inside each book, she said.

“There are some exceptions, but rarely is the price above $5,” she said.

All 23 of the bookstore's employees are volunteers who perform a variety of tasks, and they always need more, she said. Volunteers help sort, price and shelve incoming books, alphabetize and organize the books. They could use a volunteer with social media and website PR skills, she said. The bookstore has a Facebook page and a website. Volunteers do not have to be a member of AAUW.

“We are always looking for more volunteers. If you are interested, leave your name and phone number at the checkout,” Larson said.

The bookstore's profits go toward community projects such as the AAUW Garden Tour and the TechSavvy & STEMtastic event for middle school students, which the group coordinates and financially supports each year, Larson said.

The AAUW Used Bookstore also donates surplus books for Halloween events previously held at Frontier Village and Buffalo Mall.

Anyone wishing to donate books can bring them any time the bookstore is open, Larson said. The bookstore does not accept textbooks, encyclopedias, Readers Digest summaries and magazines.

“Otherwise we take anything and everything,” she said.

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