Literary gifts inspired by antiquarian & vintage books

Nottingham, United Kingdom · 356 Sales


Literary gifts inspired by antiquarian & vintage books

Nottingham, United Kingdom 356 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Charlotte White

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The Forgotten Library developed from ideas of what old and unwanted books could be used to make and endeavours to create individual gifts.

The Forgotten Library was born from daydreams whilst volunteering in a charity shop. Sorting donated books and seeing so many sent to be recycled because they weren't in saleable condition I used to imagine what else they could be used for.

Since the journals with vintage paperback covers that I first made the items available from The Forgotten Library are constantly evolving. I have a notebook of ideas I'm working my way through with quite a few notions abandoned along the way as they haven't made it past the prototype stage. There is always something waiting in the wings when I get time to work on it around a busy day job.

Recently I've been learning fused glass techniques so that I can create something new, still with a literary theme though of course.

The books and papers that I use are sourced from second hand bookshops, auctions and charity shops, where I love the fact my purchase is helping a good cause so often spend a bit too much!

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Shop members

  • Charlotte

    Owner, Maker, Designer

  • Jess


    Specialising in knowing looks and inspection of empty cardboard boxes.

  • Merlin

    Pen Sorter

    Adept at carrying pens and pencils away from the desk.

Production partners

  • Printer

    Leeds, England

    A professional print company who can produce high quality greetings cards and bookmarks.

  • Foil Printing Service

    United Kingdom

    I chose to work with this manufacturer as they are a small business too. I liked the fact they take pride in finishing the lettering of each pencil by hand personally. They also have an appreciation for beautiful typefaces.


Find theforgottenlibrary at the following upcoming market!

  • Nottingham Vintage Carnival
    Nottingham Racecourse
    Daleside Rd.

    Sep 1

    The Vintage Carnival is returning to Nottingham Racecourse in September 2018! Fun for all the family at our vintage one dayer!

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