literary gifts featuring recycled books & original art.

Madison, Wisconsin
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About thebookishlife

Sales 4,146
On Etsy since 2006

The Bookish Life

We have been selling our handmade items here on etsy and at local craft shows and markets for more than 10 years, and we love it more every year!

While we have always used recycled items in our work, we have focused more and more on working with repurposing books. One book goes a long way, and it's so fun to find new ways to use something as simple as book text! When Chad worked at a used bookstore and we realized how many books get thrown out (recycled, but not in a way that preserves the text,) we realized that we could save these damaged books and use them in a new way.

We both love reading and have a quite massive book collection of our own. You can probably guess some of our favorite authors by looking through items in our shop. We also collect an obscene amount of records and vintage everything, and drink a lot of coffee.

We LOVE our customers! We wouldn't be here without you and appreciate your support, kind feedback and fun literary chit-chat. Thanks so much for stopping by our shop. Please send us a message if you have questions or just want to say hello!

Shop members

  • Andrea Thorson

    Owner, Maker, Designer

  • Chad Thorson

    Owner, Maker, Designer

Shop policies

Last updated on May 18, 2022
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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
We sincerely want every customer to be happy with their purchase. If for some reason you are not, please contact us and we will work something out. Generally, we can replace, repair or refund items within 60 days after purchase if you are not satisfied.
I accept PayPal and direct credit card payment. If you are paying via PayPal, payment at the time sale is appreciated. Payments not made within 48 hours will cancel the sale.

If you prefer to pay by check or money order, please contact me.
Orders are shipped via First Class USPS mail or via priority mail, whichever is most cost efficient and timely.

If additional VAT or customs fees are incurred on international orders, these charges are the responsibility of the buyer.

If you prefer to upgrade to a more speedy shipping method or to add tracking or insurance, please contact me when you place your order so a custom listing can be created or an updated invoice can be sent.

In most cases I use padded bubble mailers to package items. Cards are mailed in envelopes with cardboard backing to avoid bent corners. Prints are packaged in sturdy cardboard envelopes.
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Please contact me with any questions, thanks!