FAQS

Real Books

We buy books! At this time, we buy books only on Fridays between 5pm – 8pm at the store, or by special appointment. Also, please note that we are not always in the position to pay cash for books, and may offer store credit instead. Thank you for considering selling your books to Bedlam.

Bedlam buys the following kinds of books:

  • university presses
  • independent presses
  • poetry
  • fiction
  • women’s studies
  • gender & sexuality studies
  • african-american studies
  • science
  • art & design & architecture
  • political theory
  • philosophy
  • psychology
  • music
  • cookbooks
  • history
  • memoirs & travelogues
  • oddities

Bedlam does not buy the following kinds of books:

  • romance novels
  • bookclub editions
  • textbooks (even if they’re university presses)
  • business or marketing books
  • magazines or maps
  • books that are stained, torn, smelly
  • books that have bent or cracked spines, or have been water-damaged and have wavy pages
  • books with underlining and/or highlighting

Real Juice

Organic vs. Sustainable/Ethical Produce
Juices and smoothies are only as healthy and nourishing as the ingredients you put in them. Therefore, we use only organic produce to make them. If it’s not organic, we won’t use it. However, you won’t always see the word “organic” advertised in our store. That’s because it’s very expensive for farmers to get certified by the government as “organic,” and that word can be used to talk about their produce (by them, and anyone who buys it) only if they have the government certification.

A farm can still be using organic farming methods without being “certified organic” though. So we make sure that we know who the farm is that we order from, and whether or not they’re using organic methods. If the farm is indeed practicing organic methods, we will say that the produce adheres to sustainable/ethical farming practices. To us, it doesn’t matter if they have that “organic” government-sanctioned certificate so much as the methods they’re using to grow their food. But rest assured, we will never knowingly get produce that doesn’t adhere to these principles.

Local Farms
We like to support local farms as much as possible. And we’re excited to have partnered with Lettuce Be Local and the Worcester Regional Food Hub to help make that happen. There are many reasons to support local farms, from obvious reasons like keeping money funneling back into your own community and supporting the local economy, to not-so-obvious reasons like helping combat climate change by reducing the amount of industrial resources it takes to transport your food. We strive to purchase local as much as possible. But sometimes it will be necessary to get our produce farther afield if we can’t find a local organic option.

Going Green
We strive to produce as little waste and have as little damaging impact on our environment as we can. These methods include:

  • buying our produce from local farms since less fossil fuels are needed to get local produce delivered to our store
  • supporting organic farms and food manufacturers since organic growing methods are better for the environment and organic food is better for your body
  • capturing and composting all of the produce we extrude during the juicing process
  • composting all of our coffee grounds and tea leaves
  • using reusable, heavy-duty, food-grade, hypoallergenic, silicone sealable freezer bags instead of plastic baggies to store our frozen fruit for smoothies
  • buying only plant-based “plastics” that are biodegradable and compostable for all of our to-go cups, lids, and straws
  • buying recycled, unbleached napkins, paper towels, and paper shopping bags
  • using only energy-efficient LED lightbulbs throughout the store
  • inhabiting the oldest mill in Worcester rather than inhabiting a new construction building
  • selling used books to extend the lifecycle of important objects of information