Chop Suey Books was started in 2002 and has been providing excellent service to Richmond and beyond ever since. Our original location at 1317 West Cary Street was the former home of George's Chop Suey, a neighborhood restaurant and watering hole that lasted through the early 1970s. Their rusted sign was still attached to the side of the wall, so we adopted the name. Of course, "Chop Suey" refers to a dish of food, though the phrase is an Americanization of the Mandarin "Za Sui," meaning "a little bit of this, a little bit of that." This translation applies perfectly to Chop Suey Books' vision of combining a solid collection of gently used literature, art, photography, architecture, design, philosophy, poetry, theater, film and the like.
Over the years, Chop Suey Books has kept this vision while growing into a Richmond mainstay, participating in and helping to organize various community events. In 2006, we opened a second location, Chop Suey Tuey, in Carytown. Needing to give this second location its own personality, we began stocking select new publications that might not be found elsewhere in Richmond. We were especially glad to have this location when the rent at our original location was raised by over 20%, forcing us to regretfully close that original store and move the entire inventory to Carytown. To fit all the books, we expanded to the upstairs, and now have two floors of fantastic, nearly new used books and about 1200 hand-picked new titles.
We Buy Books!
We're always buying gently used books, offering either cash or store credit for the following: literature, art, photography, architecture, design, poetry, history, Virginia history, military history, graphic novels, music, fashion, film, theater, philosophy, psychology and the like. You do not need an appointment to sell books, though it is a good idea to call ahead. We prefer to look at books Monday-Friday from 10-4, but if you are not able to make it during these hours you can call to let us know when you are coming.
Since we're mostly a used bookstore, it is difficult for us to keep popular titles in stock. However, now that we are able to order new copies of books, we are able to special order almost all in-print titles. To make up for the inconvenience, we offer a 10% discount on any book that we need to order because it is not in stock when needed. This discount is just another reason why it pays to shop at a locally owned bookstore!
Searching Our Inventory
While we have over 45,000 books in our store, we only list about 5,000 titles on different online databases. You can check to see what we have online by visiting ABE Books, but remember that if you don't see something there, we still might have it. The best way to check on the availability of a title is to visit the store, or call us at 804-422-8066.