Books have always been a special love. I was a reader from the moment I grasped "Run, Spot, run!"
As I grew up, books were given to me for birthdays and Christmas because my family and friends knew I loved to read. Once I was out of college, married and living on a budget, I started buying books at sales, a practice that continues to this day. I always look forward to that final day "bag sale," where you can stuff in as many as you can for a few dollars!
Consequently, I have a lot of books. In fact, there's not enough space to display them all. Many I'll never read again. It's nice to have them, though--books are like old friends, really, and give one, at least me, a cozy feeling just looking at their covers there in the bookshelves. But downsizing has become a new passion (you'd laugh at that statement if you saw my house: "she thinks she's downsizing?").
So when I opened my Etsy shop a few years ago, I started selling vintage books. I've sold fiction for both adults and children, as well as books on gardening, history, crafts, nature, antiques, cooking, photography, and even books as "book decor"--i.e. books in sets of colors that people put in their bookshelves for a "look" (sometimes they're used in photo shoots or for television and film set decoration).
SmartDesigning on Etsy:
One of the wonderful things about selling on Etsy is that often, in conversing back and forth, sellers and buyers become friends. I learned more about my new book-loving friend, who wrote me that because she was looking forward to having children "I collect books the way some women collect toys or clothes. I
was an English Lit major before I went into linguistics, and I was the
kind of kid that always had at least two books in arm's reach. My dad
and I were the only bookworms in the family, so he'd take me to the
bookstore as a special daddy-daughter date. I still have most of my
childhood books on a shelf just waiting to be read again (and, if truth
be told, I still read them myself, especially the Louisa May Alcott
ones--I went through at least 4 copies of Little Women, because I read
it so much!).
I love old books, and the sweet illustrations in them. I want my kids to love and respect books as much as I do."
This young woman's passion for books is inspiring. If all teachers were as committed to the beauty and value of good literature, I have no doubt that our world would be a better place.