Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Anthropologie's $2,175 book set -- and how to get it for $250

From the L.A. Times: Anthropologie's $2,175 book set -- and how to get it for $250
What do six books in a custom-made wooden case add up to? A $2,175 price tag at Anthropologie. Just six books. And that's not all -- here's the catalog copy:

A one-of-a-kind set in a custom-made case, curated by Kinsey Marable, who left his job as an investment banker to deal with a more exotic commodity: rare and out-of-print books. His passion to create distinctive libraries led him to select these books; the mahogany-stained Baltic birch bookshelf is custom built for the custom collection.

Because the set is custom-made for the books included, and the books are used, Anthropologie has just a handful available; each is organized by theme. The $2,175 "society" set is the most expensive. The "drinks" set is several hundred dollars cheaper -- at $1,400, the buyer can afford a few bottles of special edition Dom Perignon, 40-some 12-packs of Pabst Blue Ribbon, or anything in between.

Build your own version of Anthropologie's custom book sets for less than $250!

Read the rest of the article from the L.A. Times to learn how to make your own for $250 HERE.


J F Norris said...

Does it come with a copy of Book Collecting for Dummies? I've never seen anything so absurd. Almost as laughable as Half Price Books stores selling books by the yard for interior decorators.

Dan_Luft said...

This is what happens when someone who doesn't care for books decides to care for books that no one cares about.

It might look nice among the Hummel figurines and Beanie Babies down at the junk shop.

Sharon said...

Although I am usually a sucker for vintage books and book art, this particular item seems only directed at the "sucker" part of that phrase. On the other hand, I love what Jim Rosineau does with cast-off books, celebrating titles and typeface and using only books that were cast adrift and rescued by him. I have three of his pieces, I'm happy to say! You can peruse and enjoy at

Janet Rudolph said...

Thanks, Sharon, and I agree that Jim Rosineau's work is fab.. cast off books: rather this way than pulped!