Posts tagged with shopping

Nov 26 2019

More Shakespeare for your walls


Vintage Shakespeare festival posters were the third suggestion on our annual Holiday Gift Guide, but that was because we were focusing our 2019 list on used, vintage, and consumable items. If you're in the market for something new, definitely check out the posters for the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, which...

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Dec 22 2016

Shopping for Slackers: 2.0


Last year we posted a list called "Shopping for Slackers", aimed squarely at people who do most of their holiday shopping Christmas Eve. We actually stand by most of last year's picks, with a handful of updates, so we thought we would both link to the old list and post a couple of new ideas...

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Aug 17 2016

Heyer on the cheap


According to Dear Author, in celebration of Georgette Heyer’s 114th birthday on August 16th, all of Heyer’s books will be dropped to $2.99 across e-retailers...

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Dec 23 2015

Shopping for slackers


It's two days before Christmas, and I have a lot of experience working in bookstores at this time of year, so I thought I'd put together a quickie gift guide for my favorite kind of customer: the kind who shows up at 4:37 PM on Christmas Eve with $300 and no plan, ready to do 100% of their holiday shopping...

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Nov 23 2015

I should Photoshop a Santa hat onto this guy.


The Guardian posted an article about British booksellers' attempt to create yet another shopping holiday: "Civilized Saturday", a day designed as the “perfect antidote” to the crazed bargain-hunting of Black Friday...

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Nov 23 2015

So pretty! Also discounted!


First: Hi, guys! We're not doing a Book Giveaway this week, because it's so short. The Giveaway feature will return next Monday.

Second: if you too admired the very beautiful "Mr. Boddington's Penguin Classics" editions that were previously only available at Anthropologie, you...

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Nov 19 2015

Pre-holiday shopping (for me)


I'm thinking of buying myself this adorable unicorn-shaped bookend from CB2 ($24.95), but I feel like I'd have to re-arrange my books so it was just holding back a shelf of fantasy novels, and I might be too lazy for that...

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Jun 2 2015

My visits to Anthropologie usually spark irritation.


A few weeks ago, the New Yorker published an account of shopping with organization expert Marie Kondo, creator of the KonMari method and author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. The essay...

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Dec 3 2014

So... many... links... (The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide)


Behold, our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Prices range from $118 to $7.95, and links are provided below

1. Marquee Lights - Ampersand...

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Apr 17 2014



An author over at The Atlantic recently pointed out that's data-mining techniques seem to have inadvertently created a recommended-purchase list that serves as a helpful guide to setting up your own drug-dealing kit.

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Aug 12 2013

More in my financial wheelhouse


If, like me, you were totally in love with the Kate Spade "Book of the Month" clutches, but neither willing nor able to spend $325 on an adorable but mostly useless accessory, today is your lucky day: Out of Print has released their own line of literary-themed canvas pouches...

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Aug 1 2013

Literary decor on a budget


I was stoked to see that H&M is now offering online shopping for American customers, as it finally allows me to investigate the one H&M department I haven't been able to visit in person: their home line. (Plus, my European cousins can now stop lording their online shopping access over my head.) Most of the stuff looks pretty uninspired, but they do offer a few book-inspired products...

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Nov 14 2012

Ridiculous gifts inspired by a ridiculous book


I treasure this, I truly do: the fine people at TresSugar have put together a suggested gift list inspired by five of the year's best-selling books: Gone Girl, Fifty Shades of Grey, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns), Where We Belong, and The Hunger Games. It's a cute idea, except the very first item is a candle that costs $495...

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Aug 8 2012

Crack open the college fund?


According to Variety, Target is planning to sell several high-priced pieces of Hunger Games merchandise via their website, including a 14-carat gold reproduction of Katniss Everdeen's Mockingjay pin ($999), a replica of her leather hunting jacket ($349), and a lithograph signed by film's cast ($699)...

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Dec 20 2011

Katniss's manicure

Uh... when I think about potential Hunger Games merchandising tie-ins, nail polish is not the first thing that leaps to mind. However, China Glaze has announced that there will be a line of HG-th...

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Mar 15 2011

Shout-outs via snail mail

According to The Mirror, the U.K.'s Royal Mail recently unveiled their 2011 "Best of British"-themed stamps. The designs include a collection called "Magical Realms", all of which pay tribute to ...

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Jan 26 2011

Trendy and cheap!

Budget-minded readers take note: UrbanOutfitters' sale section is currently boasting loads of heavily-discounted and hipster-friendly reading material, including the recent reprints of the first t...

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Jan 25 2011

Bargain basement goods, still-ridiculous prices

Remember those Anthropologie fake books we were trashing back in September? Well, they were $188, but now they have been marked down to a mere $99.95, which means the price only needs to drop by ...

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Dec 13 2010

Travel in style to fictional locations

Okay, I'm adding an addendum to our Holiday Gift List. Check out these "Comic Travel Location" posters from artist Justin Van Genderen:Are they not awesome? There are more on Mr. Van Genderen's ...

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Nov 30 2010

Wordcandy's Holiday Gift List: 2010 Edition

It's that time of year again, dear readers—time for our annual list of Wordcandy-friendly gift suggestions! Behold ten of our favorite book-related goods ranging in price from $10 to $100:1.Jonat...

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Nov 10 2010

Smelling like Charles Dickens

Artisan candlemaker Paddywax has released a line of author-inspired candles. At $25 per 9oz. glass container, you can now scent your home with candles named after Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen, He...

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Oct 25 2010

Decoratin' for the holidays

At $24 per four-foot-long strand, I'm not quite sure what one would do with this Retro Art Deco Bibliophile Garland, but I like it. Maybe if you had a very small, very oddly shaped Christmas tree...?

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Oct 7 2010

The sweet scent of a horror-story victim

Behold, two limited-edition perfumes oils inspired by Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow:Aren't they cute? I'm not sure I actually want to smell like a spicy pumpkin, but for a mere ...

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Oct 5 2010

Kate Spade gets literary

If you're very, very wealthy and therefore don't mind dropping $325 on a novelty item, may I suggest these Kate Spade "Book of the Month" clutches? Sadly, they don't come with copies of the actua...

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Sep 28 2010

Hipster cruelty

I am very fond of bookends, but I'm only mildly tempted by these "Glass Half Bookends" from Urban Outfitters:They look cool, and they're supposed to double as vases (although putting flowers in 'e...

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Sep 13 2010

Eat, Pray, Love, shop

Meg sent me this link to a limited-release line of three Eat, Pray, Love-inspired fragrances on Friday, but the maker has already sold out. The sprays are apparently still available in some store...

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Sep 9 2010

Safety first

Check out this owl-shaped bookend from Etsy artist Aprilfoss:Pretty cute, huh? And, at $26, relatively affordable. Aprilfoss's owls come in a wide variety of colors and fabrics, and each one sho...

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Aug 23 2010

Frankly, my hopes are not high.

Well, dear readers, today is August 23rd, and tomorrow is the release date for Suzanne Collins' Mockingjay. If you're desperate to celebrate this event, you can nip down to your local Hot Topic a...

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Aug 20 2010

Saving one's spot

If you're looking for some book-themed presents that manage to be both awesome and affordable, check out these bookmarks by Olympia-based artist Sarah Utter, creator of the "Reading Is Sexy" t-shi...

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Aug 11 2010

Because *all* vampires need regular manicures

My goodness. Check out the complete line of Twilight-inspired nail polish from Twilight Beauty:Which vampire wears the Malibu Barbie hot pink, do you suppose?[Via BellaSugar]

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