thinaircreations

Treasured prints from antique & vintage books

Fort Collins, Colorado 423 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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thinaircreations

Treasured prints from antique & vintage books

Fort Collins, Colorado | 423 Sales

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Kathleen Schmidtke

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Kathleen Schmidtke

Announcement    Welcome to our little print shop. We hope you enjoy your visit as antique and vintage prints are ALWAYS the perfect gift for any occasion as they are ALWAYS beautiful, charming and unique. Each print in our shop is an original page from a book that needed a new life in pieces.

Every print in our shop is an original antique or vintage book illustration that has been custom matted so it is ready for display or framing, making them a perfect one of a kind gift. We are continually adding new prints so whether you need a gift for the holidays, a birthday, wedding, baby shower, or just looking for something new to add to your home or office - there is always a beautiful, charming, and unique print available to meet your needs.

Please let us know if you are looking for something specific as we have thousands of prints that are not listed in our shop!

For those books that we come across that are too beautiful to be up-cycled into pieces we have found them a home in our other etsy shop. If you are looking for a unique book or bookmark check out our other shop: www.oldbooksandsuch.etsy.com.

If you are traveling in the Northern Colorado area more of Thin Air Creation prints can be found at the following retail location: Kansas City Kitty in Old Town and the Vintage Market Place on south College in Antique Row.

Visit our shop often as we are always adding new items or let us know if we can help find you something specific.

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 8, 2019

Welcome to our little print shop. We hope you enjoy your visit as antique and vintage prints are ALWAYS the perfect gift for any occasion as they are ALWAYS beautiful, charming and unique. Each print in our shop is an original page from a book that needed a new life in pieces.

Every print in our shop is an original antique or vintage book illustration that has been custom matted so it is ready for display or framing, making them a perfect one of a kind gift. We are continually adding new prints so whether you need a gift for the holidays, a birthday, wedding, baby shower, or just looking for something new to add to your home or office - there is always a beautiful, charming, and unique print available to meet your needs.

Please let us know if you are looking for something specific as we have thousands of prints that are not listed in our shop!

For those books that we come across that are too beautiful to be up-cycled into pieces we have found them a home in our other etsy shop. If you are looking for a unique book or bookmark check out our other shop: www.oldbooksandsuch.etsy.com.

If you are traveling in the Northern Colorado area more of Thin Air Creation prints can be found at the following retail location: Kansas City Kitty in Old Town and the Vintage Market Place on south College in Antique Row.

Visit our shop often as we are always adding new items or let us know if we can help find you something specific.

About thinaircreations

Sales 423
On Etsy since 2009

Living and Working in the Thin Air

For many, many years while I was working in the high tech industry I told my family and friends that someday I was going to work with old books. For many of those years I wasn't sure doing what but...then one day I came across a wonderful old book at my mother's house that was filled with beautiful botanical prints. The pages were falling out so it was the prefect candidate to become the first book in my upcycling business. Thankfully at the time I started I also found Etsy which made it possible for me to build the foundation of my business online.

Now prints from Thin Air Creations are being sold all summer/fall at Craft Fairs in the Rocky Mountain region, are in retail locations in both Colorado and Wyoming, and of course, fill my Etsy shop. My little shop continues to grow in amazing and different ways that I would have never expected when I started four years ago.

My mother always said, "some times you just need to pull things out of thin air and make them work". That is exactly how my business got started and has stayed afloat - on thin air!

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Shop members

  • Kathleen Schmidtke

    Owner

    The greatest pleasure in life is getting to work at something that is always challenging, exciting, and fun. That is what it is like for me as a Master Book Upcycler - the perfect fit for someone that LOVES old books.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 8, 2019
We find "bookart" from the pages of treasured books and offer it to the world. Every print in our shop is the original page from the antique or vintage book. It is carefully matted to protect it during display and shipment but there is no other altering to the actual page (except for removing the rough edge attached to the binding).

In our shop you will find a wide range of matted "book plate prints" that span every type of presentation (engravings, illustrations, black and white photography, B&W photography that has been painted, etc) and every topic from around the world. Most of our prints are from books that were published prior to 1940 and dating back to the 1880's. Although on occasion we will find something that is a little newer (up to the 1950's) that is a real gem and worth sharing.

On occasion we will find a book, or set of books, that is so beautifully outstanding that they are worth finding a new home for them. These gems can be found in our other shop on etsy: old books and such.

We take pride in our product and every print or book is like a friend that we love and value. Once you see our prints we hope you will love them too.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
  • Money Order
  • Check
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 12 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
Please do not return items damaged in shipment, as doing so will void the shipping insurance (if requested).
Damage claims can only be made on items shipped with insurance.
To begin the process, please contact our shop and alert us to the damage.
Claims should be made through the original shipping agent. Guidelines for insurance claims vary by carrier so please check with the carrier for specific instructions.
Be sure to retain all original packaging as well as all pieces of the damaged item, as the shipping agent will request to examine them.
In the event that you, the recipient, files the claim, the shop owner will provide you with the necessary insurance information.
For information on filing a claim through the following carrier, visit:*
United States Postal Service: http://www.usps.com

We will refund 100% and including shipping if print is returned to us in original shipping package.
Payment
We accept Etsy Direct Payment, Paypal, personal check or money orders.
Returns accepted within 7 days - no restocking fee.
All Colorado orders will have applicable sales tax added.
Shipping
We at Thin Air Creations are committed to customer satisfaction. All of our order management and shipping processes are designed to meet your needs as efficiently and cost effectively as possible. While our standard shipping is stated at 1-2 business days we ALMOST ALWAYS ship same day or next.

You will note when your print arrives that it has been packaged in new, industry standard packaging on the somewhat excessive side. We know this adds to the shipping costs but we want to ensure that with 100% certainty that every print arrives damage free. We also hope our customers will recycle or reuse the cardboard packaging.

United States Postal Service is used for all shipments. While we understand that "buyers" like free shipping there is no such thing as free shipping from an online business. It is important to us that you see the true cost of the product and the true shipping costs. It may vary by pennies based on where the product is shipping but there is no "profit" being made from our shipping costs. We hope our customers appreciate the transparency of our pricing model.
Additional policies and FAQs
All items labeled "Antique" are 100 years or older.
Items labeled "Vintage" are at least 20 years old.