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Solo Exhibit & Giveaway: Bookish Charm

by Violet on February 4, 2013

Update: Congrats to Hana, #58! Thanks to the team of Bookish Charm for this giveaway!

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Erin and Ducky, a husband and wife team, turned their passion for reading into Bookish Charm. Here you’ll find an entire line of jewelry, cards, prints, and more that let you proudly identify yourself as a book lover.

louisa may alcott pendant

While I first discovered them during a Doctor Who exhibit, my daughter Poppy was thrilled to explore their selection of Harry Potter themed items. This bookmark, with the words of the Marauder’s Map, serves as a charming bridge between the magical and muggle worlds.

Erin and Ducky strive to inspire while celebrating knowledge. To that end, the quotes they feature cut right to the core of the matter. I find this one from Nietzsche to be simultaneously motivating and comforting.
nietzsche quote pendant

This print, celebrating the important things in life, would be perfectly at home in my house! Printed with archival inks onto arctic polar luster paper, you can be sure it will brighten your reading corner or classroom for years to come.

peace love books print

Curator V: You call Bookish Charm “The Etsy shop for the Wandering Reader”. What does that mean to you? Why did you decide to make that your focus?

We’ve always had a passion for books and all things literary and curious. Years ago, when we first started selling jewelry and paper goods on Etsy, we felt “Bookish Charm” was a name that fit us just right. When we later grew into “The Wandering Reader,” we wanted to keep the name because it reminds us of our roots, and keeps us humble.

Now, “Bookish Charm” has become the face of The Wandering Reader on Etsy, and we’re happy to have sent out our creations to people from Ohio to the Netherlands!

So long as we’re able to, we’ll keep developing and sending out gifts and goods for the incurably curious.

Curator V: Bookish Charm is a husband/wife collaboration. Who does what? What are the benefits of working with your spouse? Drawbacks?

Working alongside my wife has been such a treasure for me. We’re a great team and play off each others strengths while at the same time supporting each others weaknesses.

Erin is the creative mastermind of the duo, she’s the one that comes up with and designs all of the wonderful creations that are featured in our shop, and I can say that we’d be completely lost without her and her wonderful and vivid imagination and creativity.

I’m more the procedural and analytical side of things here. I take care of the packaging, shipping, customer support and ‘business’ part of what we do. Erin makes it, and I get it out there – I honestly can’t think of a better teammate to have at my side.

Curator V: In your Shop Announcement, you say you’ve combined your shops into one. What led you to that decision?

Well, for a time Bookish Charm was just our jewelry shop on Etsy, while we had another, separate shop under a different name that sold all of our prints, bookmarks, cards, and bMarks (Mini-Bookmarks). It worked well for a while, but we found we could respond to customers a lot faster, and appear more unified if we did it all under one name.

It’s a good thing Etsy is more of a search-based site, because we have such a mish-mash of items in our store, that it’s easy to get overwhelmed with everything we offer. In the last year we’ve rolled out with TheWanderingReader.com, which is a site in which we offer a lot of our best-selling items, and present a bit more of a cohesive storefront, but Bookish Charm on Etsy will always be our first, and favorite home.

Curator V: Do you have a best selling item? What do you think makes it so popular?

Honestly it’s a three-way tie between our Doctor Who “Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey” necklace, our “Not all who wander are lost” Lord of The Rings necklace, and our Mr. Darcy “In vain I have struggled” necklace. Coming into a close fourth place is the “I am no bird, and no net ensnares me” Jane Eyre necklace.

Since we have so many pendants, it’s hard to choose a best seller, but I can tell you now – the Doctor Who crowd loves their schwag! :)

mr darcy quote

Curator V: What can we expect from Bookish Charm in the future?

We have so many aspirations and dreams for the future, and we’ve been working hard with some suppliers and providers on Etsy so that we can start offering things like rings, earrings, cuffs and plenty of other treats to entice and inspire.

We never want to stop growing, and it’s our constant dream to provide absolutely all sorts of wonderful and curious creations for those who seek literary and geekish delight!

Erin and Ducky are giving you the chance to choose your own prize: any single item from their shop! To enter, visit Bookish Charm, then leave a comment here telling us what you’d choose if you are the winner. One winner to be chosen at random next Sunday, February 10th.

(Reading this via a feed? Here’s a direct link to the giveaway.)

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1 Kat F. February 4, 2013 at 10:53 am

This piece is perfect for me:
Literary Statement Necklace with Long Chain and Oversized Book and Tea Quote Pendant

2 Barbara February 4, 2013 at 11:05 am

I didn’t find a single piece that I didn’t like, but this one speaks to me most: http://www.etsy.com/listing/118816208/without-music-life-would-be-a-mistake
“Without music life would be a mistake”

3 Emily D February 4, 2013 at 11:44 am

They have such great stuff that it is so hard to choose. I think I would probably choose the “Peace Love Books” print. emily joy drake at gmail dot com

4 Nancy February 4, 2013 at 11:56 am

Oh my goodness! I really LOVE everything in this shop because I’m a huge bookworm! :) The quote necklaces are SUPER nice, especially the “Be the Change” one, but if I absolutely had to choose, I’d say the Alice in Wonderland Modern Mini Wooden Book Necklace is my favorite! The mini wooden book is absolutely adorable!!!!!!!!!!! :)

5 Birgit February 4, 2013 at 11:58 am

I adore the Tea Quote Print with Inspirational “Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage” Quotation and Teacup Illustration!

6 Katie Contests February 4, 2013 at 1:00 pm

I would choose: http://www.etsy.com/listing/103585478/doctor-who-tardis-inspired-british? “Doctor Who TARDIS Inspired British Police Box “Pull to Open” Pendant Necklace”

7 Eugenie February 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I would choose the “All we have to decide” – Inspirational Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien Quote Necklace.

8 Lucy Evans February 4, 2013 at 7:59 pm

http://www.etsy.com/listing/118837102/inspirational-resolutions-necklace-with? Never too late to be what you might have been. I’m still waiting to grow up. I think I must live forever to become all I might have been.

9 Julie B. February 4, 2013 at 11:18 pm

I love this one, and I wish I were a librarian so I could wear the Librarian one.

10 Tammy Dalley February 5, 2013 at 4:04 am

I like Bookish is the new Sexy charm!

tammykd at live dot com

11 Angela February 5, 2013 at 7:52 am

Teacher Necklace with “teach” in Hand Stamped Typewriter Font

12 jennifer February 5, 2013 at 8:12 am
13 Wehaf February 5, 2013 at 8:57 am

I love the Lady MacBeth necklace! Ha!

14 Lia February 5, 2013 at 9:58 am

Oh great giveaway !
I can’t choose between these two: go Wilde this birthday-card and Ninja bookmark. But since i can’t give myself a birthday card, i choose the Ninja bookmark ! :p


15 Sandi Tymchuk February 5, 2013 at 10:09 am

Ghandi quote necklace: be the change…

16 ToTylkoJa February 5, 2013 at 10:45 am

I choose Alice in Wonderland wWhite Rabbit Necklace as that’s one of my favourite books. White Rabbit is so cool!:))


I also find the little Alice in Wonderland book totally awesome:


17 Claire February 5, 2013 at 10:49 am

Teacher Necklace with “teach” in Hand Stamped Typewriter Font

18 Jennifer Irving February 5, 2013 at 11:14 am

the best line of the book – Romantic Twilight Necklace With Quote “And so the lion fell in love with the lamb”

19 Melanie Lawrence February 5, 2013 at 11:19 am

I love the Time Lord Doctor Who Inspired Hand Stamped Pendant Necklace!!!!

20 Suzanne Gregg February 5, 2013 at 11:24 am

I would choose the “Shiny” necklace.

21 Dayna Wilson February 5, 2013 at 11:29 am

Ohhhh I love these… I’d be torn between the “wibbly wobbly/timey wimey,” the “little by little one travels far” and the “love looks not with the eyes but with the mind” pendants. So. Good.

22 Susan Audrey February 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Uh oh, I’m afraid I want everything in that shop! If I have to pick just one, I’d go with the Literary Pendant Necklace Featuring Famous “I cannot live without books” Reading Quote from Thomas Jefferson. Awesome, awesome stuff! Thanks for the giveaway!

23 Kara Jeremias February 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm

Wuthering Heights
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”

24 Stephanie Hastie February 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm
25 Katy February 5, 2013 at 1:05 pm

It is sooo hard to choose….I have spent a lot of time going through each page looking at them all. If I win, I think I would choose this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/80991630/ralph-waldo-emerson-do-not-go-where-the

26 Kandra February 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Oooh, I love many of these, but I would choose Robert Frost’s “Two Roads” necklace, I think.

27 Alda Lopes Moreira February 5, 2013 at 2:04 pm
28 Kim Burnett February 5, 2013 at 2:28 pm
29 Rebecca February 5, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I love the peace, love, books print!

30 NGS February 5, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I love the greeting cards – the only thing better than a good book is you and mischief managed are perfect for some people in my life!

31 Stylista February 5, 2013 at 4:01 pm

I would probably get a necklace, but I want to say this instead for my entry just because I love the Sherlock reference!!


32 Felicia February 5, 2013 at 4:24 pm

I love the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote print.

33 AmandaSue February 5, 2013 at 5:11 pm

I like the And they lived happily ever after – Whimsical Fairy Tale Inspired Necklace

34 Krista February 5, 2013 at 5:44 pm

This shop was already a favourite of mine! I would love this necklace if I won: http://www.etsy.com/listing/121661850/my-heart-is-sherlocked-sherlock-holmes?

35 Merry February 5, 2013 at 6:14 pm

These are lovely! I’m torn between a few (love the Doctor Who ones!), but after much thought I think my absolute favorite is the Shakespeare quote necklace: “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”

36 Allison C. February 5, 2013 at 7:22 pm

I love the librarian necklace with sexy glasses.

37 Jennifer R February 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm

I would get the Shakespeare Inspirational Quote Necklace “To thine own self be true”.
reejen at comcast dot net

38 Brenda February 5, 2013 at 8:48 pm

The Mark Twain quote is funny and inspirational!

39 Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) February 5, 2013 at 10:12 pm
40 Rachel M February 5, 2013 at 10:19 pm

After a long time spent in your shop trying to decide between a lot of amazing choices, I’d have to go with this one


One of my favorite quotes! <3

41 gnomy gnome February 6, 2013 at 1:22 am

I would love to have the “And they lived happily ever after” necklace!

42 Connie Huynh February 6, 2013 at 3:59 am

I love this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/122407050/snow-white-mirror-mirror-evil-queen?
.. When I was young, everyone told me I resembled snow white! XD

43 Audre8 February 6, 2013 at 5:05 am

I really LOVE this giveaway! *-*
And the shop…It is simply faboulous!!!
I would buy everything XDXD
Absolutely one of my fav shops on Etsy from now! ahahahah <3
I choose this one:

if i win (but unfortunally i know that it's difficult -.-') contact me at this email a.d.r.y@live.it

Thanks <3

44 Lisanna February 6, 2013 at 7:52 am

I love the quotes but I think that my favourite was this one: http://www.etsy.com/listing/93237695/inspirational-we-were-made-for-another?
(Inspirational “we were made for another world” C.S. Lewis Spiritual Quote Necklace)

45 samantha February 6, 2013 at 8:12 am

ANYTHING jane austen….bff is OBSESSED w/ her!!

46 heather b. February 6, 2013 at 8:48 am

There are several i love. I would probably say that the tardis police box sign or the dream within a dream pendant would be my fav. I think even then, dream within a dream would win my heart.

47 maeve February 6, 2013 at 9:59 am
48 Dovile February 6, 2013 at 10:33 am
49 Cindy Dinda February 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

My favorite is http://www.etsy.com/listing/122404610/whimsical-fairy-tale-wedding-necklace? so cute and I really want this happen to me :)

50 Brooke February 6, 2013 at 11:32 am
51 Lauren Becker February 6, 2013 at 12:04 pm
52 Debbie R February 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Wow this is a dream come true! I’m so glad I found out about Bookish Charm… It’s so difficult to choose a single favorite piece, perhaps somewhere between “I write, therefore I am.” And “My wizard can beat up your vampire.” Lol… I would have to say the one that jumped out at me though would probably be “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.” Magnificent work!

53 Adrianne February 6, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I would maybe get the Inspirational Writer print. I would love to frame something like that and put it up in my house. I love your Etsy shop!

54 Maegan Morin February 6, 2013 at 3:17 pm
55 Pat February 6, 2013 at 3:49 pm

I like the inspirational charm “we were made for another world” C.S. Lewis Then I love the Winnie the Pooh charm (You are braver than you believe….) and of course the black Birth to a Dancing Star charm.

56 Nicola D'Andrea February 6, 2013 at 6:30 pm

I love the inspirational necklace charm “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. It’s my absolute favourite quote. :D

57 Serena Powell February 7, 2013 at 3:38 am

As much as I would love to pick an item for myself, I would have to go with Dr. Who “Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey” Double-Sided Hand Stamped Doctor Who Necklace for my sister

58 Hana Clay February 7, 2013 at 3:49 am
59 Tina February 7, 2013 at 7:03 am
60 hueisei February 7, 2013 at 9:38 am
61 MaryBT February 7, 2013 at 10:29 am

Ugh – can I choose “all”? lol. What a great shop!

I think I’d have to choose this from my favorite Robert Frost … http://www.etsy.com/listing/74567001/robert-frost-two-roads-diverged-in-a?

Or else this … http://www.etsy.com/listing/115249031/literature-art-quote-print-with-funny?

Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

62 Veronika February 7, 2013 at 11:36 am

I love Cicero “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” Inspirational Reading Quote Pendant Necklace.

63 Alison Braidwood February 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm

I like the “Careful or you’ll end up in my novel” wall hanging.

64 Ellen C. February 7, 2013 at 6:55 pm
65 Christina February 7, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I love the Winnie-The-Pooh quote necklace!

66 Lindsey Reardon February 7, 2013 at 10:15 pm
67 Rebecca February 8, 2013 at 12:08 am

I’ve stumbled across Bookish Charm previously and like any other book lover would, fell in love with their shop and pieces so it’s great to have a chance at winning something from their beautiful store, thank you! I LOVE Dr. Who so I think the “Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey” Double-Sided Necklace is amazing and classic, plus the quote is a favourite of mine most definitely.

68 Ashley February 8, 2013 at 8:27 am

I like the Oscar Wilde and Harry Potter quote prints.

69 Meenoo February 8, 2013 at 9:22 am
70 mary fanara coleman February 8, 2013 at 9:28 am

I like this one because it’s my favorite romance story of all time….Wuthering Heights “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same” Romantic Emily Bronte Gothic Literature Quote Pendant Necklac

71 Carmen February 8, 2013 at 9:53 am

Oh my gosh, so much to love there. One charm I came across that resonated with me was this one:

It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
- George Eliot

72 Victoria Barton February 8, 2013 at 10:50 am

I love the book ninja glossy bookmark

73 rose February 8, 2013 at 11:10 am

I like the “Be the change that you wish to see in the world” quote. ambrerose(at)aol(dot)com

74 Rivernik February 8, 2013 at 11:56 am

I love the Doctor Who Inspired Tardis Police Box Necklace :3

75 Mirjana February 8, 2013 at 12:41 pm
76 Jennifer February 8, 2013 at 1:28 pm

id get this one
All we have to decide – Inspirational Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien Quote Necklace

77 KarenZ February 8, 2013 at 8:25 pm

Ahh I can’t choose between Sherlock Necklace with Iconic Sherlock Holmes Deerstalker Cap Illustration and Tea Lover Quote Necklace “Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage” Tea Jewelry with Teacup Illustration

78 Kim Pollock February 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I like the Careful, or you’ll wind up in my novel – Funny Art Print for Writers, and I cannot live without books.

79 Areeba February 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm

It is really hard to choose only ont item! But anyway I love this http://www.etsy.com/listing/76195485/eat-sleep-read-colorful-book-lover?

80 sarah cool February 9, 2013 at 12:04 am

I’d Pick winter is coming charm

81 Damla February 9, 2013 at 4:05 am

I like this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/118816208/without-music-life-would-be-a-mistake?

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82 jessica edwards February 9, 2013 at 6:20 am

shoot for the moon print

83 Ashley K February 9, 2013 at 7:09 am
84 Juliana February 9, 2013 at 11:14 am

I love the wibbly wobbly timey wimey necklace!

85 liz l February 9, 2013 at 11:15 am

Love HP so def Harry Potter Necklace with Expecto Patronum Stag Patronus Pendant

86 Ramona February 9, 2013 at 11:48 am
87 Heather A February 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm

This is the one I liked: http://www.etsy.com/listing/122404000/funny-she-is-too-fond-of-books-and-it?
And thanks for a way to while away a snowy afternoon.

88 Kennedy February 9, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I like the print that says “A simple act of kindness can change the course of a lifetime”

89 Ally February 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I think that I would choose the “Literary Art Print with “You can’t get a cup of tea big enough or a book long enough” C. S. Lewis Book Lover Quote” print for a very good friend (:

90 Amy W February 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm
91 meme February 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I truly like the Alice in Wonderland modern mini wooden book necklace

92 Nicole C February 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm

I love the Winnie the Pooh Inspirational message.
It fits my life very well.

93 Angie Madore February 9, 2013 at 8:45 pm

I love the really simple “BOOK LOVER” necklace.

94 Iliana R February 9, 2013 at 9:46 pm

I love the Inspirational Love and Kindness Quote Art Print with Charles Dickens Quotation “Have a heart that never hardens…”!

95 Andreea February 10, 2013 at 2:15 am

I absolutely love all their products and it was a hard choice, but I would like this: http://www.etsy.com/listing/122097645/inspiring-a-journey-of-a-thousand-miles Thank you so much for this opportunity! :)

96 Jen February 10, 2013 at 10:08 am

Wow, hard to choose just one thing from all that nerdy goodness!
I love this one best I think, http://www.etsy.com/listing/118807038/sherlock-necklace-with-iconic-sherlock?

What a cool shop.. so glad I found it! :)

97 R. Inspirations February 10, 2013 at 10:17 am
98 Artemis February 10, 2013 at 10:17 am
99 Sylvia Zajis February 10, 2013 at 11:25 am

I really like the inspirational necklace with quote from Ghandi.


100 Linda Kwolek February 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I love the necklace that says “Careful, or You’ll Wind Up In My Novel”

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