ExLibrisPurses

Book Purses

Minnesota, United States · 279 Sales

ExLibrisPurses

Book Purses

Minnesota, United States 279 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(127)
Shop owner

Barbara

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Announcement   As seen in Country Living......
ExLibrisPurses creates and sells book purses crafted from classic novels and coordinating fabrics.
***I am THRILLED to report that Country Living Magazine has featured one of my book purses!!
( I also created directions for their DIY section)***

-- Thanks for your interest - I'm always happy to answer any questions! Take a look at my "sold" purses for additional ideas. --

(If you are an upcoming bride with an interest in a literary wedding, I've custom made book purses for entire wedding parties.....
http://www.exlibrispurses.com/how-i-spent-my-summer-vacation/) **********************************************************************************************
check out:: http://www.etsy.com/shop/larking for more bookish fun!
(a love of crafty pursuits seems to run in the family!)

Announcement
Last updated on Jan 2, 2016

As seen in Country Living......
ExLibrisPurses creates and sells book purses crafted from classic novels and coordinating fabrics.
***I am THRILLED to report that Country Living Magazine has featured one of my book purses!!
( I also created directions for their DIY section)***

-- Thanks for your interest - I'm always happy to answer any questions! Take a look at my "sold" purses for additional ideas. --

(If you are an upcoming bride with an interest in a literary wedding, I've custom made book purses for entire wedding parties.....
http://www.exlibrispurses.com/how-i-spent-my-summer-vacation/) **********************************************************************************************
check out:: http://www.etsy.com/shop/larking for more bookish fun!
(a love of crafty pursuits seems to run in the family!)

Barbara

Contact shop owner

Barbara

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(127)
Lisa Gundersen

Lisa Gundersen on Mar 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

B is the best at what she does and how she does it! Thanks B for sharing your creativity and talents with me. ! !LG-Life's Good. God's Good.

Wade Koch

Wade Koch on Jan 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Barbara was so wonderful. She made sure I was up-to-date during the entire process and her enthusiasm and attention to detail won me over early. Then, unsurprisingly, the product she made was fantastic.

pjlynn

pjlynn on Oct 19, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Beautifully made book purse with lovely details! My sister has both proudly displayed on her antique dolls book shelf - they make pretty bookends for the Betsy McCall and Shirley Temple doll collection and her Nancy Drew books also!!

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Shop policies

Last updated on November 28, 2015
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ExLibrisPurses Shop Policies

Thanks for stopping and taking a look at my shop!.

Yes, these purses are made from REAL books. In the reincarnation process, the books are reinforced so that they are up to their new duties as a purse.
The books I use are rarely “brand new” but are mostly vintage books with fun titles or cover designs. For instance, the Pride and Prejudice cover which I like to use was published more than a quarter century ago! Vintage books will naturally show some wear and tear but that, I feel, is part of their charm. Check out the photos and feel free to ask questions.

Book covers have been lightly treated so they are water repellent - but (like your favorite books) try to keep your purse out of the rain!

A word on aesthetics:
* I plan each purse very carefully - from choosing the cover to selecting just the right lining (and deciding how to position it for the strongest visual impact) to the handles, beads, buttons and hardware. All of that is the fun artistic portion of the craft that I find very rewarding. I make every attempt to be meticulous in my assembly which also adds to the final visual affect.
* Many of my purses are slim which makes them best for an evening bag or for occasions when achieving a fun vibe is more important than schlepping around a bunch of stuff. That being said, you can create more space in your purse by leaving it open at the top (I feel that is what many people do). I experimented with leaving the button closure off all together - but I love the finished look that the button and loop give, and the button selection can add a lot to the aura of each purse. (I can snip them off if you prefer or eliminate them from custom orders - just let me know.)
* I have been asked why I don't cut extra-wide side pieces so that the purse will open super wide....this hinges on the mistaken belief (yes, I have experimented) that a purse that opens wide will hold more. Actually, the thickness of a book's binding determines how much the purse can hold no matter how wide it can open. Because the side pieces fold into the purse, if they are made extra large then they just end up taking up space inside the purse and you actually lose interior space for other things like lip gloss, keys and such.
* The handles can be tucked inside if you would rather use the purse as a clutch.
Some folks use the purses on their desks or bookcases to hold their personal correspondences.

Fun purses for fun occasions!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept PayPal.
Item will be relisted after 3 days if there has been no payment or contact from buyer - please contact me if there is a payment question or problem.
Shipping
Within the United States, I ship Priority. This also includes delivery confirmation. If you wish to add insurance, please let me know and I'll add it to your invoice. If you need the purse in a hurry we can discuss other shipping options.

I do ship to other destinations. I ship First Class International. If the cost proves to be less than I charged I will refund the difference.

I will try to ship within 24 hours after your payment has cleared.

If you would like your items shipped to a different address (other than your PayPal one), please convo me to let me know as I am more than happy to oblige :)
Refunds and Exchanges
I want you to love your purse! If you, for whatever reason, are unhappy with your purchase, you may return the item(s) for a full refund if returned within 7 days. Upon receipt of the package, I will send a refund through PayPal. Your return shipping will not be refunded.
Additional policies and FAQs
I am currently accepting custom orders. May take a bit of time to find specific titles. I have found that customers have great ideas so please write and tell me what you are picturing!

**(For folks who love the surprise inside their purse and want to purchase additional ones - please convo me and I will be glad to work with you. ($5.00 + postage) )**