Some people like the smell of fresh coffee in the morning. Some people are fans of petrichor, the smell of rain after a long dry spell. And then there are those of us who crave the rich earthy scent of leather-bound books in a small second-hand bookstore, filled with the mixture of nostalgia and escapism.
Sadly, this happy place is becoming harder to find. It was only last week an old favourite of mine closed its doors forever. As a final farewell, they gifted each of their long-term patrons with a single leather bookmark. A small sweet gesture, a reminder of their happy place. I missed the opportunity (I now live interstate) but I understood the sentiment. The touch and the light-smell of a leather bookmark are enough to trigger the memory.
You know exactly the sensation I’m talking about. Fortunately for us both, so do many others. In fact, I found many leather bookmarks on offer. For the sake of our sentimental souls, here my favourites from Etsy (because the best sentimental bookmarks are always handmade).
Anniversary Gifts: 3rd Anniversary is Leather
Traditionally speaking, the third anniversary of a married couple is associated with leather – a sign of the couple realising the durability of their relationship. What sweeter way could you celebrate any 3rd anniversary than with a leather bookmark to mark the place?
Most crafters on Etsy will personalise your bookmark in whatever way you desire; names, dates, symbols. The quotes above are sweet for the moment but if you are looking for something more personal for you, read on. We have plenty more to share:
Sometimes even the most loved books cannot be saved; they find their “second-hand love” in other ways. The Gilded Lion Books offers many leather bookmarks on Etsy, created from a variety of damaged books.
This last group I save for all Book Rioters, writers and followers. Each of these bookmarks captures the essence of what it is to write for Book Riot, and to read with you. Thanks to YOU, I read every book with new eyes. Every time I pause and mark the page, I am thinking of this community and what you have brought to the world of reading.