Wild Card Books & Arts* sells gently used books: useful, intriguing, inspiring and delightfully weird used books. We think inspiration shouldn’t be expensive, so our objective is to offer thousands of previously loved used books, including vintage and antiquarian volumes, for generally less than $10.

We intend to stock anything we think the world needs more of, and titles that we know from personal experience to be damn amazing. Our books are gently used, hand-cleaned, and even mended, if necessary. Perfect is boring, and we love finding a little physical evidence that a book has been loved. So, accordingly, our books are priced keeping in mind current condition and availabity of the title through various online retailers of used books.

We’re picky about what we stock, and we’re interested in a wide (yet focused) range of progressive topics: art, design, music, holistic health, spirituality, natural living, architecture, creativity + creative practices, business + entrepreneurship, history, feminism, social justice, urban design, travel, education, divinatory practices/tarot, interesting people, plants, poetry, politics, wildlife…and so on.

*The “arts” component of WC B&A is manifesting itself in the form of an under-construction micro-gallery space. (More info on that, TBA!)

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LOCATION + HOURS: Wild Card Books & Arts is located in Norfolk’s Park Place / North Ghent neighborhood at 2414 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia 23517. We’re near several other arts spaces, studios, retail spaces, and many of Norfolk’s best restaurants & breweries. Our hours are variable right now, so check our Facebook / Instagram for current hours. We also accept appointments if our hours don’t work for you, anytime -just send us a message: wildcardbooksandarts@gmail.com or DM on our FB | IG

If you’re planning a visit, you might want to consider grabbing a bite from one of several amazing restaurants located just steps away from our shop, and we’ve thrown in a few neighborhood recommendations for further adventures + inspiration:

Food + Drinks:

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Mea Culpa Cafe/Waffletina: 2410 Colonial Avenue (next door to us!) FB | IG
**Opening soon** For updates and info, follow them on Facebook / Instagram
Modern café fare, belgian liege waffles & espresso. We’re HELLA excited about this.

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TOAST: 2406 Colonial Avenue (toastplace.com) FB | IG
“Laid-back lounge & brunch place with a patio, specializing in New American dishes served on toast” + cocktails.

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Handsome Biscuit: 2511 Colonial Avenue (handsomebiscuit.com) FB | IG
“Breakfast & lunch joint serving a variety of sweet-potato biscuit sandwiches, sides & desserts”

More FOOD close by: Pasha Mezze, Yorgo’s, Supper Southern Morsels, Bardo, 80/20 Burger Bar, Belmont House of Smoke, Kotobuki, Cogan’s Pizza, Organic Food Depot, Zeke’s Beans & Bowls

Breweries, Wineries, & Distilleries: O’Connor Brewing Company, Coelacanth Brewing Company, Mermaid Winery, Rip Rap Brewing Company, Dead Reckoning Distillery, Bold Mariner Brewing Company

Arts Spaces & Studios: Thank You Gallery, The Muse Writers Center, Studio Colab, 757 Makerspace

Retail: Local Heroes, Decorum, Analogue Arts + Trade, Studio PosyException(ale), bottleBOX, White Rabbitt, Serendip, Organic Food Depot, Five Points Farmer’s Market, G Patton Salon


Q: Who is “we”?
A: “We” is Victoria Farr ( FB | IG ) and Alan Jelercic ( FB | IG )

Q: Do you buy / trade books?
A: Not yet!
We will, eventually. Right now, we’re focused on organizing our space, building some custom fixtures, and convincing our four-year-old to attend preschool wearing pants. (Harder than it sounds.) We want to do it right, and the inventory tracking software we’d like to use is a little bit of a financial investment. But it’s definitely a priority for us, we’re working towards it. Thanks for your patience!