Hi. My name is Andrea, and I am a book addict. (Hi, Andrea.)

Like all book addicts, I require a method of neatly arranging my books.

At last count, I had seven bookshelves. They are all full. I have stacks of books, boxes of books, closets of books. During the interminable process of cleaning out my garage and office, I have been forced to make numerous trips to Goodwill with my car’s trunk full of books.

stacks-of-books bing public domain

I’ve put up wall shelves, but books fall off open wall shelves unless they’re braced by bookends. So just for fun, I surfed for bookends.

I think I’ve found a new obsession. I want to collect bookends. (Hi. My name is Andrea, and I am a bookends collector. Hi, Andrea.) I made a wish list of 51 bookends. For the purpose of this article, I’ve pared it down to twenty-two of the most beautiful. Some are hand made; some are vintage; some are decorated with “upcycled” materials; some may be mass-produced, but are so gorgeous I can’t resist them, despite my intention to showcase original, creative artwork.

Animals are favorite designs for bookends. (Click on small pictures for enlargements; click on the links below the pictures for shopping info.)

Ibex. Rabbit. Mice. Cow, farmer, and spilled milk.

Alligator. Water buffalos. Gazelles.

Horses and dogs are beloved bookend subjects.

Upcycled horse figure. Pointers. Blue horse heads.

And dragons. And dinosaurs.

Chinese dragons. Triceratops. Dragon medallions. 

When I was a little girl, every home had a set of these on the television cabinet:

baby shoes

Bronzed baby shoes.

But why stop at baby shoes? Certainly, this is just as decorative:


Old work boot.

Some bookends reflect what their owners like.

Nautical. Stretching. Peter Pan. Bicycles. Siesta. Bugle.

And some appear to be thrown together from whatever was lying around in the garage.

motorcycle gears

Motorcycle gears.

Honestly, looking at these bookends makes me want to go to yard sales and see what I can find to turn into bookends. Hmmm…

All of these bookends were available on Etsy in July when I wrote this post. If the one you like has already been sold, just browse around. There’s something for everyone.

I love all the hand carved wooded animals, the horses, and the motorcycle gears. Which are your favorites–or do you have some at home you especially love? Share in the comments below.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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