Moses Lake gains used book store

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Charles H. Featherstone/Columbia Basin Herald Heidi Gales, the owner of The Sandbox Bookstore, a used book store which specializes in books for children and teens that just opened behind Mason’s Place in downtown Moses Lake.

MOSES LAKE — There is a new bookstore in Moses Lake.

It’s tucked in behind Mason’s Place on Third Avenue downtown, so it’s not an obvious find. But The Sandbox Bookstore opened for business last week, and already, owner Heidi Gales says, things are going well.

“We’re excited to be here,” Gales said. “My daughter Emily and I are partners; we started it together.”

Sandbox is a consignment bookstore, Gales explained, dealing mainly in used books, mainly for children and teens.

And despite only being open for a week or so, Sandbox already has quite a selection of books, puzzles, games and teaching tools.

“We’ve got all kinds of stuff,” Gales said.

“So people drop off their books, we go through them, put them on sale, and they can get cash when they sell, or store credit,” she said. “We wanted to give a space to Moses Lake where people can bring their books.”

Gales, who also teaches, is no stranger to the consignment business. She is also the organizer of the Moses Lake Rhea Lana Children’s Consignment, which brings people together to buy, sell and trade “gently used” children’s clothes a couple of times a year, according to the company’s website.

“I love books, and I love the idea of consignment because I don’t have to bring in a bunch of vendors,” she said. “And it’s new every day, so it keeps it fresh.”

Gales said people can give her used books to sell on consignment, earning either cash or store credit. Or they can donate the books outright, with proceeds going to support a charity.

And Gales said she is planning different theme events, such as a special women’s section in June. All to keep the stock moving and customers interested.

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