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A little about us:

We work in sunny southern California. We started selling our designs in January 2011, but we've been using books as much more than reading material for a long time -- home decor, coasters, shelves, paperweights, nightstands and our wedding centerpieces...you get it. In fact, using books as decoration at our wedding inspired us to create Rich Neeley Designs and share them with you.

Digital versions have long been edging out ink and paper. What do we say to that? We say that the weight of a book in your hand and the smell of it can't be matched, but never forget that great stories and true authors thrive in any medium.

Instead of letting used books go quietly, we've resolved to re-use them. We rescue discarded books from landfill death, or from their dreary…

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  • Joined January 14, 2011

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paper, ink, leather, bits o string, watercolors, glitter, scraps of fabric, lace, clay, books, stainless steel, reclaimed wood, concrete

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About

A little about us:

We work in sunny southern California. We started selling our designs in January 2011, but we've been using books as much more than reading material for a long time -- home decor, coasters, shelves, paperweights, nightstands and our wedding centerpieces...you get it. In fact, using books as decoration at our wedding inspired us to create Rich Neeley Designs and share them with you.

Digital versions have long been edging out ink and paper. What do we say to that? We say that the weight of a book in your hand and the smell of it can't be matched, but never forget that great stories and true authors thrive in any medium.

Instead of letting used books go quietly, we've resolved to re-use them. We rescue discarded books from landfill death, or from their dreary existence on a bookshelf. Our goal is to bring more books into your life, so when you see your booksi® you are reminded of how wonderful a book can be. Maybe you'll be inspired to read that classic you've been ignoring for 3 years now.

We don't use books that have significant rare antiquarian value, as we feel those ought to be preserved. We find our vintage books in libraries, garage sales, street vendors, thrift stores, used book stores, craigslist, other people's attics, garages, closets, or even in boxes on the curb. As a Comparative Literature major, Brenna chooses to recycle only vintage books that haven't been appreciated elsewhere. More than a few of our finds have mysteriously snuck their way into her own personal collection. You can be confident that your vintage book was not being loved as it should be, until now.

We also use gorgeous new editions of the classics. Although we're using them to another purpose, we also now have all of them in our home library, and we continue to support these fantastic editions. Maybe someone young will ask about your classic booksi®, and it will help keep the words of Austen and Dickens and Tolkien thriving forever.


We also hope to launch a new shop in the future, which can be found at etsy.com/shop/TheEmptyShelf. We also use the username Richard Neeley.

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