Small Bookish Businesses to Support

It’s Memorial Day friends and while I know big businesses are having outrageous sales right now, I wanted to highlight small (and mighty) book-ish businesses you might consider supporting! COVID-19 has been hard on businesses of all sizes so I know they would appreciate any support you can give at this time.

Also spoiler alert- I’m going to be doing a giveaway open to the US & Canada featuring goodies from some of these shops! Check out my Instagram later today for details!

Without further ado, here are some of my absolute FAVORITE book-related vendors:

Edited to add (6/17/2020): in a previous version of this post, I recommended the store Lyndsey Draws Co. Due to recent events that have come to light, I no longer support this shop or its owner and have removed this store from the post.


Apparel & Book Sleeves

HappyGoLovely Sleeves

I absolutely love Rachel and her book sleeves. They are padded (and hold up SO WELL- seriously, this coming from a librarian), have a handy front pocket for the midi & maxi sizes, and the prints are adorable. I also love how open Rachel is about the daily impact of chronic pain in her life. This shop and its owner are beautiful and you won’t be disappointed with any product from HappyGoLovely 💖

Literary Creations by Jenny

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Just like HappyGoLovely, Literary Creations by Jenny makes beautiful and sturdy book sleeves for all your bookish needs! I bought one of Jenny’s sleeves for a gift for Christmas this past year, and my mom absolutely loved it! Jenny is a fellow Illinoisan, is super friendly, and she’s quick to ship! Her shop is currently on vacation but will reopen later this week!

Out of Print

Is Out of Print technically a small business? I don’t know, but I am including them anyways. All of my bookish shirts and socks come from Out of Print: they are reasonably priced, great quality, and super cute! I love what they do with their designs and advocacy and I would be lying if it wouldn’t be the greatest day of my life if they would sponsor me ever 😂


Bookmarks, Prints, & More

EverySecondBookmark

I have been ride or die for Erin since she opened this shop, and I absolutely love seeing it flourish. Not only is Erin an incredible human being, but her designs run the bookish fandom gambit! While she primarily offers stickers, prints, and bookmarks, she just announced pre-orders for book-inspired bath bombs! Please shop her shop and if you do, use the code QUINN20 to get a special deal on your order!

Quinton Creations

What’s so funny about all this is I really got to know Becca as she won an Out of Print gift card from my very first giveaway! Becca and Ben have built a fun fandom-based shop full of bookmarks, prints, stickers, and some gorgeous commisions- seriously, Becca helped me deal with my dogs’ recent passing by making the most beautiful portraits of them! This is a new business but it’s growing rapidly, and you don’t want to miss out on these well-made and exquisite goods- use the code QUINN20 to save on your next order too 😉


Bookstores

Love’s Sweet Arrow

Love’s Sweet Arrow is the second romance-only bookstore in the Unisted States (after Ripped Bodice) and lucky for me, it’s just a short drive away! It’s run by a mother-daughter duo and offers books and cute, romance-centered bookish items. Obviously bookstores have not been immune to impacts of COVID-19 but Love’s Sweet Arrow has risen to the challenge by offering surprise book boxes (I absolutely loved mine and gave one to Mollie from @molliesbookshelf as a giveaway win) and cute shirts to remind us of the importance of HEAs in times like these. This shop may be new to my life but it already holds a special place in my heart.

Print: a Bookstore

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Dear friends, Here at Print: A Bookstore, we are closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We want to let you know what actions we are taking. At this time, we are taking action in the following ways: We are suspending events through the first week of April, both in-store and offsite. It is our sincere hope to reschedule these events for later this year. At this point, we are planning to resume our events schedule with our April 5th Community Storytime, though we will certainly evaluate this as the month goes on. We are disinfecting the countertops, door handles, and other surfaces throughout the day. Our staff will not come in if they are ill; as well, if you are sick, we ask the same courtesy of you. Print will remain OPEN. For orders of $20 or more, we are also offering free, local delivery in Portland, and free media mail shipping on books nationwide. If you are hesitant to venture out, please let us bring your books to you. You can call 207-536-4778 to order, or use our website, www.printbookstore.com. We remain vigilant in monitoring the status of the coronavirus situation, and we offer our deepest sympathies to those who may have already been affected. Rest assured — as circumstances continue to develop, the health and well-being of our customers, employees and communities will remain our highest priority. Finally, please remember any dip in sales can have dire consequences for small, local businesses. We will do our best to balance illness prevention and keeping our doors open. We welcome your thoughts and questions. Best wishes, Josh and Emily

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I don’t often shop for books honestly since I work in a library, but when I visited Portland, Maine I happened upon this small shop while sightseeing and fell in love. They’re new and of course struggling during this global pandemic, so please support them at this time (they do online ordering!) so they can continue to offer programs and other services to their community. I may not live in Portland, but this place (and the city) definitely imprinted on me!

Semicolon Bookstore

So I haven’t had a chance to step into Semicolon yet (thanks COVID-19), but I’ve been following their story since before they opened and I love their mission. Not only is it the only black woman-owned bookstore in Chicago, it also offers gallery/display space for local art which is absolutely beautiful. They buy and promote works by and about queer and BIPOC people, and their store really deserves our business (now and forever).


Candles

From the Page

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Candles for every reading mood 📖

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I was introduced to From the Page through bookstagram, and I love her work! I was able to finally buy some of her candles when she did a surprise box sale and I love love LOVE them. They are an array of bookish scents, and she even offers some customizable candles and specialty items like beard oil! Truly this shop is slowly becoming my favorites and you should really check it out.

Frostbeard

I’ve loved Frostbeard Candles for YEARS- a friend recommended them and I’ve been obsessed since (my favorite so far is Oxford Library). They offer a reliable product- soy candles of various sizes- as well as themed apparel and even subscription boxes! They’ll always be dear to me so check out their stuff!

Novelly Yours

I was introduced to Novelly Yours at my first and last visit to Love’s Sweet Arrow (thanks COVID-19), and I was so lucky to get one of their candles in my surprise box! Like Frostbeard and From the Page, they offer bookish scented candles, but they also have candle boxes, bookmarks, pins, and more. I can’t wait to shop more of their collection once Love’s Sweet Arrow re-opens to the public and I hope you’ll check out their stock 💕


Subscription Boxes & More

Feminist Book Club

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Our June box is SOLD OUT but for those of you who were lucky enough to reserve on in time, here's what's coming your way:⁠ ⁠ + Wow, No Thank You. by Samantha Irby @bitchesgottaeat⁠ + cold brew coffee from @erebuscoffee⁠ + one-of-a-kind upcycled vintage book print from @fictionreshaped⁠ + literary pencils from @flypaperproducts⁠ + @cupcakegirlsorg sticker⁠ ⁠ We're donating 5% of all sales to our June charity The Cupcake Girls, which provides confidential support to those involved in the sex industry, as well as those affected by domestic sex trafficking through holistic resources, case management, and aftercare. This organization provides nonjudgmental support to empower their clients in their pursuits through respect, resources, and relationships.⁠ ⁠ ~But the boxes are sold out, so now what?!~⁠ ⁠ Our Just The Book membership is always available and is perfect for the minimalist feminist! Reserve yours today at feministbookclub.com/shop!⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #feministbookclub #wownothankyou #booksubscription #intersectionalfeminism #womanownedbusiness #shopsmall #giftsthatgiveback #bookstagrammer #read #booksofinstagram #bookaholic #goodreads #lovebooks #instaread #booklovers #booknerdigans #library #literature #bookchat #feministreads #bookbox #bookpassion #bookcommunity #feministbookclubbox #instabooks #bookofthemonth #smallbusiness #currentread #booksarelife #book

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I didn’t know about Feminist Book Club until I started doing research for this list (I am not really familiar with subscription boxes, as I often don’t buy books) and I love how different they are from other boxes! The club votes on what book is included each month, the items in each box are sourced from small female or queer-owned businesses, there is actual book club discussion each month of the book, and they donate a portion of every box to different intersectional feminist organizations each month! I’m definitely going to save up to join this one.

Margins Box

I absolutely love the mission of Margins Box- to promote both BIPOC YA authors and creators with their subscription box. As a teen librarian, I know how important it is for teens to see themselves in the pages of books and see people who have experiences similar struggles as them succeed, and Margins Box is doing it in the best way. I can’t wait to be able to get a box someday!

Myths & Sips

Maddie is my homegirl and the clairvoyant cowgirl, so you know I have to support her and Katelyn’s shop! Not only do they do bomb-a** monthly subscription boxes featuring bookish coffee and tea (and small artists’ work!!!), but they offer really cute fandom/book-based blends. The shop just opened and I can’t wait to see how it grows!


What small book-ish shops do you love patronizing? I’d love if you’d share them in the comments below!

Until next time friends!

One thought on “Small Bookish Businesses to Support

  1. Tej says:

    I love this post! I’m going to bookmark it and refer to it when I’m looking to support bookish small businesses! I got my first book sleeve from happygoloveleysleeves and I love it so much!

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