Once Upon a Bookshop

Amherst, Ohio · 823 Sales


Once Upon a Bookshop

Amherst, Ohio 823 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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At Once Upon A Bookshop we LOVE vintage kids books, and we're always on the prowl for awesome vintage titles to share with you. Most are hard to find; all are hard to forget!


Last updated on Feb 12, 2017

I am always happy to ship internationally, please convo me for a quote.

At Once Upon A Bookshop we LOVE vintage kids books, and we're always on the prowl for awesome vintage titles to share with you. Most are hard to find; all are hard to forget!


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You are what you read...

Although I have always been an insatiable bookworm, it was becoming a mother that set me on the path that led to the creation of my Etsy bookshop.

There is something magical about the melding of illustration and text that happens in a well-done picture book, an alchemy of creativity and imagination that brings stories to unforgettable life. That magic is what captivated and enthralled me as a child, and that is what I wanted to offer to my own daughter. You are what you read, and I wanted to nourish her soul with nothing but the best, just as I nourish her growing body with healthy, tasty foods.

As I sought to introduce my little one to the joy of reading, I found myself becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the options I found. Too many insipid cookie cutter stories, too few original, hand-done illustrations, too many commercially motivated offerings, and too little creativity. I did discover some wonderful new gems, but I found myself longing for the quirky, colorful creations I enjoyed during my own childhood.

Fortunately, no time machine was required for a trip to vintage book heaven. I found a treasure trove of awesome vintage kids books at used bookstores, estate sales, thrift shops and library book sales. Initially they all were added to our ever growing home library (check it out at Librarything, my member name is sunnybrookgal) but over time I sought an outlet to share the bounty with others. Then a friend introduced me to Etsy and I knew I had found a perfect solution for my overflowing bookshelves.

I love that Etsy focuses on offering unique, quality items that will last a lifetime. It is a refreshing departure from the shoddy, short-lived products that dominate mainstream megamarts. Like the other fine vintage and handcrafted items sold on Etsy, my vintage books are an investment in quality. They are not throwaway commercial tie-ins that lose their appeal with changing trends. Once Upon a Bookshop books are solid, nourishing treasures that will feed your child's brain, engage their imagination and instill a lifelong appreciation for the beauty of language and visual art. They are books to delve into, to discuss, and to dissect. Use them as springboards to expand vocabulary, explore new cultures and ideas, and examine artistic styles, themes and materials.

Books offer children a window for exploring not only their world, but themselves. Children are voraciously hungry to learn. Feed them wisely.

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Shop policies

Last updated on February 12, 2017
Welcome to Once Upon a Bookshop! I hope that you enjoy browsing around and invite you to check back often: I'm always adding new vintage goodies. Thanks for looking and if I can offer any assistance, just ask!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
I accept Paypal payments in US dollars and payment through Etsy. Sorry, but I do not accept personal checks or money orders for payment.
If you pay via Paypal e-check, I will wait to ship the item until your payment arrives or posts.
At Once Upon a Bookshop, we see books as treasures, and when we send them we treat them accordingly. All of our books are carefully wrapped in bubble plastic or bubble mailers, secured with plenty of tape, and sent on their way with delivery confirmation included. We'll notify you of the delivery confimation number as soon as we mail so that you can track your purchase as it travels to your doorstep:) We'd love to put in a personalized gift note at no extra charge, just let us know the particulars.
Prices quoted are for domestic (US) media mail shipping. However, we DELIGHT in sending books to readers all over the world:) Please just convo me for a quote before buying.
We LOVE to save you money on shipping. To get combined shipping rates, your purchases must be paid for in the same transaction.
Insurance is not included unless you request it. If you wish to add insurance, please convo me before paying so that I can update the shipping charge to add insurance fees.
Refunds and Exchanges
All items are vintage and sold "as is." I try very hard to describe the books I sell in detail so that there are no unpleasant surprises. As vintage items, some of them are more "loved" than others, and I will be very clear in sharing this. I don't sell books that are falling apart or in rough shape, unless they are listed as books for craft purposes only. Please read carefully before buying. If you truly feel that an item you receive was not described correctly, please convo me and we will work something out.
I wrap my packages very securely with padding to protect from rough handling. I cannot be responsible for damage that occurs once the package leaves my hands and will not refund for shipping damages.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you have a particular title/series/author/illustrator you are seeking, feel free to drop me a line. I frequent bookshops and booksales pretty obsessively and will keep my eyes open for you:)