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
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 💖
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!
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
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!
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 😉
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.
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!
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).
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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!