The Written Nerd - Library Inspired Accessories

San Francisco, California

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writtennerd is taking a short break


Note from shop owner The Written Nerd is taking a break while we focus on a new position at AltSchool, and planning our own nerdy wedding. We hope to reopen in the future - if you need to contact us, feel free to send us a convo and we will reply as soon as we can.

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Mar 23, 2014

The Written Nerd is taking a break while we focus on a new position at AltSchool, and planning our own nerdy wedding. We hope to reopen in the future - if you need to contact us, feel free to send us a convo and we will reply as soon as we can.

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About writtennerd

Sales 1,428
On Etsy since 2012

The Written Nerd - An Origins Story

As my bio says, I was once a librarian. I loved being a librarian, I love books, and I love reading.

They were throwing out the card catalog at my particular institution, and I hated seeing the history of libraries go in the bin, so I salvaged thousands and kept them in boxes in my house.

I wanted to share these cool vintage cards with others, but how to do it? I started by making Dewey Decimal earrings in my original shop, Sovereign Sea Designs (sovereignsea.etsy.com) and quickly they became my best seller.

I knew I was on to something, so I expanded the line and launched The Written Nerd as it's own shop in January of 2012. I've been fortunate enough to be able to support myself on my craft since, and was able to quit my day job shortly after opening Nerd. Learn more about how we managed that by checking out our Etsy QYDJ feature here:

Viva la biblioteca!

Shop members

  • Emma Bean

    Owner, Designer, Maker, Lead Nerd

    Once a librarian, now independent business owner. I'm nerdy, klutzy, and a goof ball. I'm serious about spelling and grammar, and not much else. If I wrote a memoir of my life, I would title it: "A Good Cheese"

Shop policies

Last updated on January 27, 2014
Thank you so much for your interest in The Written Nerd.

**We are now open to wholesale orders - so if you have a retail location, and would like to stock The Written Nerd goodies - please contact me directly using the link below on the left. We are not available for consignment in 2012.**

See our other shop, Sovereign Sea Designs at http://www.sovereignsea.etsy.com

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
If you're not happy with what you have purchased, please contact me directly. I make every effort to ensure that each customer is pleased with their purchase. Feel free to convo me any time here on Etsy.

Though it is incredibly rare, and I package very safely, sometimes orders get roughly handled in the mail. If there is damage I am happy to offer a refund, a replacement, or store credit. All breakage claims must be reported within 24 hours of delivery of the item, and I will promptly contact you to resolve the issue.
Right now, The Written Nerd accepts PayPal payments and major credit cards only. All sales are final.

If your payment is not received within 48 hours your sale will be canceled and the item will be relisted.
I try to be very fair on shipping costs. Please remember there are costs associated with envelopes & packaging materials. I do recycle/re-use whenever possible to help keep costs low.

I ship every business day via the U.S. Postal Service. If I'm going to take longer than 1 week to ship your order, I will communicate directly with you.

International buyers are responsible for any customs fees related to purchase. All customs fees and import duties are paid by the buyer at the time of arrival. It is impossible for me to know all countries fees and duties, so if you are concerned about import/duty fees - please call your postal service. I can not declare items sent internationally as "gift" on customs forms or declare lower value.

I use padded envelopes for most mailings under 12 items and flat rate boxes with larger orders to minimize damage/loss. It is suggested that you insure your package, but I will not unless it is requested. Uninsured packages will not be refunded if damaged or undelivered. Convo for adjusted shipping rates.

I've been shipping with the U.S. Postal Service for 3 years without issue.

If you are concerned about your item(s) arriving safely, please feel free to convo me and we can arrange adding the optional insurance to your purchase at an additional charge. Tracking can be added to any purchase under $50 for a $1 additional fee. Orders over $50 will have tracking added gratis.

Postal Address - orders will be sent to the ship to address indicated on your **Paypal payment**. Please ensure that this is your correct address and if there is a difference between it and your Etsy address then convo us to confirm the correct and full postal address. We can not be held responsible for undelivered packages due to discrepancies in Etsy to PayPal delivery addresses.

Please note that your delivery ie PayPal address really should always be your Etsy address for security reasons - if it isn't please convo us.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are welcomed and encouraged! Custom orders typically take 1 week to complete from when I receive your image to when I can ship it out. I do try to get things completed quicker if possible. Images for custom orders can be sent to writtennerd [!at] sovereignseadesigns.com. Custom orders are started after the purchase has been made and images have been sent. Since custom items are personalized, returns cannot be accepted.

My items are not intended for little hands - please parents, purchase my goods for children 8 and up, as small parts may pose a choking hazard. Many pet parents use my pendants/key chains as collar charms, this works quite well, but do so when you can supervise your pet, and realize you do so at your own risk, thank you.

If you have any questions regarding my products, please feel free to contact me. I love talking to my customers.