November 7, 2011

Zaties Books and Book Purse Giveaway (closed)

**This giveaway is now closed and the lucky winner is ShootingStarsMag. If I don't hear back from her in the next five days, I'll pick another winner.**

I love when I find out about new book things. While I was trying to come up with an idea for my little sister for her birthday, I came across Zaties Books and their gorgeous book purses. I contacted Zaties Books to learn more about their purses and the more I learned, the more I liked. So without further adieu, let me introduce you to Zaties Books and my newest list wish addition, their recycled handmade book purses.

What is Zaties Books?
Zaties is a “green” company that grew out of the cooperative efforts of two friends with a passion for books and creativity. We specialize in unique handbags crafted from recycled books, but also branch out into a number of other items like portfolios, e-reader cases, Christmas ornaments, wreaths, and home d├ęcor accents.

Your tagline is “Rescue. Recycle. Repurpose.” What does that mean?
That’s what we do. We rescue old books destined for disposal, recycle what we can and repurpose these treasures into beautiful and functional pieces. Every piece we make starts with a recycled book.The majority of the books we recycle have been damaged or discarded. We acquire them through libraries, second-hand stores, garage sales and even friends’ attics. Removed pages are also recycled. The fabrics we use are made from all-natural fibers (usually 100% cotton) and many of our handles are as well.

Do you ever feel bad about destroying books?
This is a question we get ALL the time! There are definitely some books we will not touch. We will never create anything from a Bible. We will never use first edition or collectible pieces. We love books, too, and are very, very careful to never harm rare or valuable volumes. The truth is we do not destroy books. In fact, with the rise of e-publications, we see this as a rescue mission, a preservation of history through repurpose. When we make the purses, we actually remove the covers while keeping the pages in tact.

How did you get started?
A little over three years ago I saw a book purse on some crafty website. Just looking at it gave me heart palpitations. I mean, it was my two greatest fetishes – books and handbags -- combined into one item! How cool is that? Almost immediately I set out to make one myself. I grew up sewing and designing my own patterns, so this simply presented a new challenge for me. After I perfected my pattern, one turned into twenty.

Is there anything else you'd like readers to know? 
Zaties gives 10-30% of all profits to charities that fight against world hunger and domestic violence. We have a heart for hurting children, be they abused, underprivileged, orphaned or simply thirsty. This company serves as a means by which we can help our community and the world, not only through responsible recycling, but also through financial assistance.

Who wouldn't want one of Zaties Book Purses? I know I do. Lucky for you, Zaties Books has offered to giveaway either the Martha Stewart purse below or a $50 credit for any other item in their store. That $50 credit could get you any of these gorgeous pieces of art. So check out their site and start picking out what you want to win.





To enter:
Leave a comment on this post.

Extra Entries:
Follow Book Nook Club via GFC or on Twitter @BookNookClub.
Check out Zaties Books and tell me which of their products you like best.
Follow Zaties Books on Twitter @ZatiesBooks or Facebook.

The Small Print:
Giveaway open to US Residents only.
$50 credit good for one item in the store only and includes shipping.
Giveaway winner will be chosen by random using random.org.
Giveaway closes at midnight EST on Friday, November 11th.

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  2. I really like your etsy shop

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  3. I follow on GFC

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  4. I like the Recycled Book "Alice in Wonderland" Glass Christmas Ornament

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  5. I liked on FB

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  6. Wow, all of the book purses are so awesome! I especially love the "All Our Yesterdays" one.

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  7. liked on facebook

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  8. my favorite is the Tricks purse


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  9. thanks so much. what a cute purse!!

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  10. I have always adored Zatie's!

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  11. i really love the Tricks bag from her shop

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  12. It didn't post my e-mail and since you need a way to get in touch with me when I win fabulous Zatie's stuff, my e-mail addy is writemisty@bellsouth.net

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  13. what a fun unique purse. love it. hope i win!
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  14. i follow with gfc
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  15. i like the all our yesterdays purse
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  16. How fun! I have always wanted one of these purses~thanks!

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  17. Beautiful creations -- thanks for the chance to win!

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  18. following Zaties Books on twitter @mrsclutterbuck

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  19. following you via GFC

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  20. I love the Crisis of the Old Order 1919-1933 - Repurposed Book Purse!

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  21. I love the Republic of Plato - Book Purse!

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  22. What a great giveaway! I added her shop to my favorites.

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  23. Very Cute, I would LOVE to win this for my neice.
    halochanel at gmail dot com

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  24. Following Book Nook Club blog on gfc (Kimberly W) and on Twitter (@WrightWin)
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  25. I love the Tricks - Book Purse, I think its so cute.
    halochanel at gmail dot com

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  26. Following Zaties on Twitter @WrightWin
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  27. These are such a cute idea! I have never seen something like this before! :)


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  28. How creative!

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  29. Gives a whole new meaning to the word "bookbag". These are adorable- would love to win one!

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  30. What an adorable idea!!!

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  31. I follow your blog on GFC


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  32. My fingers are crossed for this giveaway!

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  33. -enters-
    Thank you!
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  34. And I like The Reptile Room up-cycled book purse.

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  35. Following via GFC!
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  36. I like Zaties FB Page! - FB Name is Sherry W.
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  37. Favorite item is Recycled Book Alice In Wonderland Glass Christmas Ornament!
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  38. That is a very clever idea! Thanks for offering this giveaway.

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  39. My favorite is the Readers Digest purse. Love it!

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  40. Thank you for having this awesome give away! I too LOVE Books & Purses! This is the ultimate give away!! :)

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  41. I LOVE the Last Wish purse that is in pink!! Totally would LOVE to have this purse! :)

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  42. I love the purses! My mom would love one for Christmas.

    Corie Kaz

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  43. I love the nancy drew kindle cover!

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  44. What a great idea!! Love that books are being recycled.

    Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.

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  45. Following Book Nook Club via GFC and Twitter.
    (even tweeted about giveaway-@usairdoll)

    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  46. Now following Zaties Books on Twitter.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  47. OMG! Did you see the flower(?) that was made from the book Alice in Wonderland? Gorgeous! I'm also loving the Penultimate Peril Purse, say that fast three times. hehe.(I found you via Kaysi's blog, Keep it Simple.)

    Thanks again for a chance to win.

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  48. What a neat idea and a fun giveaway! I would love to win!

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  49. I totally love the Martha Stewart purse best!

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  50. What a cute idea! I love them!

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  51. Wow what a neat idea. I have never seen anything like this before. How innovative. Loving this giveaway. Carolyn McIntyre, carolynmcintyre@cox.net

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  52. My favorite is the Alice in Wonderland wreath. Just so cool! Love this giveaway. HOping I win.... thank you, carolyn mcintyre, carolynmcintyre@cox.net

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  53. This is such an awesome giveaway. I now follow Zaties Books on Twitter @ZatiesBooks and I also like on Facebook. Thank you so much. Carolyn McIntyre
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  54. I now follow Book Nook Club via GFC and on Twitter @BookNookClub. Thank you so much. Carolyn McIntyre, thanks!!! love this! carolynmcintyre@cox.net

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  55. I love the recycled book wreath!

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  56. I am in LOVE with that Series of Unfortunate Events purse. I'd be so excited to have it! So precious! I love those books so much (and I'm a children's literature minor, so it's PERFECT!)

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  57. I have never heard of your site, but it is so creative and interesting!

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  58. That book wreath is to die for. So much work, but oh so stylish!

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  59. I absolutely adore the upcycled leather portfolio. What a great gift that is! So unique.

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  60. I am so excited to be a new follower - having never heard of your blog before. Can't wait to read more.

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  61. My wife would love one of those!

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  62. I like Zaties on FB (Allison Reetz Rose)

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  63. I love book purses! What a great way to repurpose and a fantastic gift for a book lover!!!!

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  64. following booknookclub on twitter
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  65. following zaties books on twitter
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  66. Fave item: Anne of Avonlea book purse

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  67. What a terrific idea. At first I was going to pass on this giveaway until I saw it was a purse, and I love it!
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  68. I love the getting better all the time bag. Gorgous!

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  69. how fun! I would love to win! Thanks for the chance.

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  70. I like the Republic of Plato book purse
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  71. Thanks for having this contest!
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  72. Your purses are so cute!
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  73. I love the Alice wreath! cecasagrand (at) gmail.com

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  74. What a fun gift idea for a bookworm!

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  75. I'm here from Keeping it Simple and I have to say, these purses are so cool! They are also a great size. I'd love taking one of these out on the town...maybe I'll actually go out now. :)

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  76. I have always loved book purses, see them all the time at craft fairs :) ambrerose at(aol) dot(com)

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  77. I'm following on GFC and on Twitter. :)

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  78. I love all of their stuff but I'm going to have to pick the Tricks Book Purse because it's black and red and super fabulous!

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  79. Following Zaties Books on Twitter and Facebook :)

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  80. Enter me! I'm following on FB (but I tweeted for you this a.m. I love the kindle covers and the purses, I'm torn. Your twist on using these classics is a classic idea!
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  81. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  82. Zaties facebook fan

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  83. Too cute! Pefect gift for a book lover; thanks! belauvibes (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  84. These are so unique!
    Thanks for the chance.

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  85. This is so cool - thanks for the chance to win this
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  86. follow you on gfc
    Robin Scott
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  87. follow you on twitter
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  88. I love this book purse:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/77619206/the-sweet-life-photo-locket-necklace
    this book purse:
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  89. follow them on fb
    Robin Scott
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  90. Wonderful idea! I love their motto and charity.
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  91. I follow your blog.
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  92. I like the green Reader's Digest purse.
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  93. I like Zaties on FB as The Hand That Rocks the Cradle.
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  94. This idea of giveaway is absolutely amazing

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  95. I followed on facebook ( Kaylie Nguyen)

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  96. I followed on twitter( ckaylie777)

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  97. http://www.etsy.com/listing/83858696/african-folklore-upcycled-book-purse
    This is too elegant :D

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  98. What a cool idea!! I would love a book purse!

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  99. This is a wonderful idea! Would love to win one!

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  100. My favorites are a fellowship in love and the tricks purse! So darling.

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  101. Those are so adorable! Love it!!

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  102. I LOVE the Upcycled Leather Medical Journal Notebook Portfolio

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  103. As a literary publicist who is always carrying a book, I'd really like to own a book purse to put more books in.

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  104. I'm following @BookNookClub too. Do you accept unsolicited pitches for book reviews? As a literary publicist, I'm always looking for book bloggers to send books!

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  105. I have a Nancy Drew book purse and whenever I use it, complete strangers start waxing nostalgic over their favorite childhood reads. Your work is beautiful!!!!

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  106. this is such a unique purse idea.
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  107. I really like your ornaments, especially Glass Christmas Ornament - "Five Little Peppers and How They Grew" - Recycled Book

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  108. Ohhh love this! The purses and the ornaments are so creative!

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  109. Very cool! I've always wanted one of these
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  110. I'm a GFC follower: Ladytink_534
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  111. I LIKE them on FB~ Jen Tink
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  112. My favorite item is the Recycled Book "Little Women" Glass Christmas Ornament
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  113. I love the Martha Stewart purse!

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  114. following Zaties books on twitter

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