Pistilbooks

Pistil Books Online

Seattle, Washington · 996 Sales

Pistilbooks

Pistil Books Online

Seattle, Washington 996 Sales On Etsy since 2006

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Announcement   Pistil Books Online is an independent bookstore established in 1993, starting out as a neighborhood brick and mortar bookstore in Seattle. We sell used books in all categories, with an inventory of over 14,000 titles, and feature some of our favorite colorful vintage items on Etsy, as well as recycled blank books, and paper and collage art. We are proud members of the Etsy Vintage Team (tag: etsyvintageteam). We are also members of the IOBA, Independent Online Booksellers Association.

If you are a Seattle customer, feel free to contact us if you would like to pick up your order or see something in person before deciding.

BLANK BOOKS
Check out our one-of-a-kind blank books made by hand from the recycled bindings of discarded public library books and other old books. These sturdy hardback bindings are covered in colorful patterned or illustrated buckram cloth, and the library stamps, pockets, and markings are left intact for added charm. The interior blank text block is perfect-bound (glued) and sewn with high quality unlined paper (white or cream unless otherwise noted) and embellished with a cloth ribbon bookmark. The page count varies for each book, but the depth of the blank text block is given in inches so you can tell how thick it is.

Each book is unique and current stock is showcased here. Our blank books are suitable for writing, notes, sketches, or collage. Give a stylish and durable gift with one of these colorful books.

VINTAGE BOOKS
We also have shop sections of cool vintage books in categories focusing on alternative culture - art, homesteading, sexuality, as well as many vintage kids' books of amazing graphic quality.

ART
Our Collage and Paper Art section is filled with handmade original art and cards, often made from cutting up books!

Check out Pistil Books on Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/pistilbooks/

International shipping is available - please contact us for rates.

Announcement

Last updated on Feb 23, 2017

Pistil Books Online is an independent bookstore established in 1993, starting out as a neighborhood brick and mortar bookstore in Seattle. We sell used books in all categories, with an inventory of over 14,000 titles, and feature some of our favorite colorful vintage items on Etsy, as well as recycled blank books, and paper and collage art. We are proud members of the Etsy Vintage Team (tag: etsyvintageteam). We are also members of the IOBA, Independent Online Booksellers Association.

If you are a Seattle customer, feel free to contact us if you would like to pick up your order or see something in person before deciding.

BLANK BOOKS
Check out our one-of-a-kind blank books made by hand from the recycled bindings of discarded public library books and other old books. These sturdy hardback bindings are covered in colorful patterned or illustrated buckram cloth, and the library stamps, pockets, and markings are left intact for added charm. The interior blank text block is perfect-bound (glued) and sewn with high quality unlined paper (white or cream unless otherwise noted) and embellished with a cloth ribbon bookmark. The page count varies for each book, but the depth of the blank text block is given in inches so you can tell how thick it is.

Each book is unique and current stock is showcased here. Our blank books are suitable for writing, notes, sketches, or collage. Give a stylish and durable gift with one of these colorful books.

VINTAGE BOOKS
We also have shop sections of cool vintage books in categories focusing on alternative culture - art, homesteading, sexuality, as well as many vintage kids' books of amazing graphic quality.

ART
Our Collage and Paper Art section is filled with handmade original art and cards, often made from cutting up books!

Check out Pistil Books on Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/pistilbooks/

International shipping is available - please contact us for rates.

Amy and Sean

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Amy and Sean

The Shy Photographer by Jock Carroll
$45.00
The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde
$45.00
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
$9.50
Glicenstein by Jean Cassou
$45.00
Francesca Woodman: Photographic Works
$175.00
The Who by Jeff Stein and Chris Johnson
$25.00
New Mexico Village Arts by Roland F. Dickey
$14.95
The Leonard Cohen Collection
$18.95
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About

Introducing Pistil Books

We opened our retail bookstore, Pistil Books & News, in 1993 on Capitol Hill, an eclectic urban neighborhood in Seattle. We operated our brick and mortar store for nearly eight years, selling used and new books in all categories with an inventory of around 25,000, as well as periodicals and zines. During this time we also hosted readings, art shows, participated in book fairs, and were known for our support of alternative publications and culture. We started selling books online around 1999.

In 2001 we lost our lease and became an online-only business, Pistil Books Online. We moved our inventory from our storefront into our newly renovated office/warehouse on the ground floor of our 1903 house, also in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. As an online store, we deal almost exclusively in used books with an inventory of around 14,000 and we sell on about ten bookselling sites, including our own website, www.pistilbooks.net. We carry books in all categories, mostly non-fiction.

In addition to Pistil Books owners Sean and Amy, we have a staff of three part-time employees: Tim (who has worked for Pistil 20 + years), Sean’s brother, Troy, who handles all the packing and shipping, and Kam, our book photographer and music book cataloger.

We chose the name Pistil Books because we liked the play of the word pistil, a female flower part, versus pistol, a gun. A homophone with two very different meanings. From the sound of the word, it’s unclear which pistil/pistol we are. As a part of a flower, pistil evokes the idea of growing, living, flowering… and in the case of books, flowering knowledge. A slogan for Pistil Books (it’s printed on our bookmarks) is “Seed your head.” We have used flowers as a theme for our business—our retail store had a stained glass sunflower window, as well as a colorful flower mosaic we made on the floor (it’s still there—though our old retail storefront is now a burrito joint). We now have flower mosaics around the exterior door of our office/warehouse, a lovely vintage three-dimensional scientific model of a pistil on a shelf above my desk, and a flower/bee/knowledge theme on our website.

We are proud members of the Etsy Vintage Team (tag: etsyvintageteam). We are also members of the IOBA, Independent Online Booksellers Association.

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Shop members

  • Amy Candiotti

    Owner

    Chief spine-straightener who keeps her subjects in line.

  • Sean Carlson

    Owner, Grand Poobah

    Sean can carry a stack of books 50 books high while balancing on one leg!

  • Kamposer

    Photographer, Assistant

    Kamposer takes all the great photos you see in our store. He also catalogs music books and writes blog entries.

  • Troy Carlson

    Shipper, Assistant

    Troy does all the packing and shipping at Pistil Books. He carries all our packages on foot to the post office using a handcart, rain or shine.

  • Tim Ridlon

    Shelver, Customer Service

    Tim Ridlon does all the shelving at Pistil Books. When the stacks are teetering, we call on him. Tim has worked at Pistil more than 20 years! He also takes care of the shop when Sean and Amy are on vacation.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 14, 2014
Welcome to the Etsy shop for Pistil Books. We are an independent bookstore located in Seattle that has been in business since 1993, first as a retail brick-and-mortar store, then as an online-only business since 2001. Our Etsy shop features vintage books, handmade journals made from recycled books, and handmade collage cards and art.

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Payment
We accept credit cards processed through Etsy or PayPal, checks, and money orders. Washington State residents, please add 9.5% sales tax to your order. If you need to cancel an order, contact us as soon as possible, and we will cancel the order and refund your charges if the order hasn't yet been shipped.
Shipping
We ship via the USPS. Books are generally shipped via media mail (5-14 days). Priority mail and international shipping available.
Refunds and Exchanges
We describe our books completely and accurately, so want you to be satisfied with your purchase. Please ask questions, if you have any, before ordering. If you feel you need to return an item, please contact us first.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders of our handmade blank books are possible. Please contact us to let us know what you are interested in.