Happy Friday! The sun is shining here in Texas, and it’s a good day 🙂
I don’t know about you all, but I have been having so much fun featuring these Etsy shops every month. I love “window shopping” through Etsy and getting to know all of these Etsy sellers. So now It’s time to introduce you to another seller and shop, Cynthia of The Lonely Book Junkie.I have not been shy about my love for all sorts of old paper–books, maps, sheet music, etc.–so I was so excited to find Cynthia’s shop which is filled with all sorts of beautiful ephemera.
Here is a little bit more about Cynthia and her shop, in her own words:
I can’t think of anything I would rather do. My love affair with books started from a very young age. I have always felt that books can be any and everything you need. They can take you anywhere without you ever leaving your chair. I do prefer older books. The older, the better. Every mark is a bit of history and so many of them tell a story with their covers alone. They take me back and give me a really good feeling. Also, most of the time there is always a happy ending or a truly good life lesson. Corny I know.
Etsy has been a dream come true. I would never be able to open a brick and mortar shop. So, being on Etsy has been nothing but wonderful. For one, I can afford it and two, I have health issues that have made life hard and painful, so being able to do this on my terms is a must. The Etsy community has made starting and running my business almost effortless. Everywhere you look someone is willing to help.
The whole experience has been a learning one but the greatest piece of advice came from a fellow antiqued book dealer, my good friend Dale, he simply told me to trust myself and believe it or not that was the hardest part. Then my customers started giving me reviews. They have said such kind things, some that brought tears to my eyes and their comments on what I offer helps me provide better items. My customers are the people that matter. I figured if I start to screw up they will let me know. So, I trust myself and I trust my customers. My motto is “treat people the way you want to be treated” and I want everyone’s experience to be one they will cherish. I think that’s what every Book Junkie wants.
Cynthia has over a hundred items in her shop, here are some of my favorites.Antique school readers, from a bygone day.This beautifully bound pair of “Literary” tour guides–you have to look at the title pages of these books; they are as beautiful as the covers!Another children’s book with fantastic, color illustrations.Cynthia also carries old cookbooks and guidebooks. I was smitten by this one!And if you’re in need of just some beautiful old paper for craft or scrapbook projects, she has several selections of unbound paper sets as well.
The Lonely Book Junkie is relatively new on the Etsy scene, opening in September 2014. Can we show Cynthia some love and support another woman small business owner by visiting her beautiful online shop?
Cynthia has graciously offered a discount of 10% to all Lost & Found readers through the month of March, using the promo code FOUNDDISCOUNT. And, she has also offered a $40 gift certificate (with free shipping included) to her shop for one lucky winner to pick out whatever items they would like.
Honestly, I love offering these great Etsy giveways to you all, but I get kind of jealous because I can’t win any of the prizes 🙂
You can enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter below. It starts today and runs through midnight, Friday March 13th.
Have fun browsing through The Lonely Book Junkie’s collection, and good luck!