The Sensitive, Bookish Type

Bothell, Washington

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Last updated on Nov 2, 2019

Vintage books and literary gifts!
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Laura Ender

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About SensitiveBookishType

Sales 231
On Etsy since 2012

The smell of old books is one of the best things on Earth.

I have always loved books, but I never thought about selling them until I was out for a walk with my husband and we came across a cardboard box on the sidewalk with the word FREE scrawled across the side. Naturally curious, we looked inside and discovered a whole heap of beautiful vintage children's books. I took the whole box. Not that I needed them for myself--I did not yet have children and our apartment offered limited space--but I needed to save them from the elements and figure out where they did belong. That's when my thoughts turned to Etsy.

"The Sensitive, Bookish Type" is a quote from one of my favorite old movies (but, ironically enough, not the book), Breakfast at Tiffany's. Holly asks Paul if he's ever stolen anything from the five and ten, and he says, "No--I'm the sensitive, bookish type." I've always identified with Paul Varjak and that quote has always resonated with me, so it seemed only fitting that I use it in naming my Etsy shop and my lifestyle blog (, where I write about my life, my kids, my style, books, food, cooking, baking, working out--you name it, I'll probably post about it eventually.

That's my style, I suppose--eclectic. A while ago I began offering custom cartoon portraits and prints inspired by some of my favorite quotations, and have found it to be the most rewarding and enlivening thing to learn about people and draw their cartoon likenesses (only the coolest people seem to want to buy cartoon portraits, and so far I've loved every client I've had, each with their own quirks and stories). I've got plans for bookends and other home decor. I dream big, I work hard, and I love every minute of it. (Is that cheesy? It sounds cheesy. Oh well--I like cheese.)

I've recently decided to separate my various types of wares into separate Etsy shops. That way, each shop looks less cluttered and it's easier for you to find what you're looking for. This shop, SBTBooks (formerly SensitiveBookishType) will focus solely on vintage books from here on out. I've opened a shop called SBTbyDesign for custom cartoons, portraits, greeting cards, prints, and the like. I'm also working on a third shop, SBTGifts, for what I call "quotable clothing" and literary gifts.

Thank you so much for visiting my store and shopping small!

Shop members

  • Laura Ender


    I am a writer, blogger, editor, artist, et cetera. I started selling old books because I love to buy old books.

Production partners

  • 4imprint

    Oshkosh, WI

    Printing and production

Shop policies

Last updated on January 23, 2023
Thanks for visiting The Sensitive, Bookish Type!

It is my pleasure to hunt down the most interesting books I can find and make them available to you here. If you've been looking for something specific and can't find it, please feel free to contact me and I will keep an eye out for it.

For custom portraiture, I do my best to turn things around in one or two weeks, depending on my schedule. I work with you every step of the way: you send me photos and details about those you want drawn, I create a drawing and post it as a listing. I listen to your feedback and change whatever you need changed. It's your drawing, so be honest with me! Expect to get your money's worth, and get a drawing you love.

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