Okay, maybe you can judge a bookshelf by its books, but also judge a bookshelf by how pretty it is!
Anyways, this whole thing started because I’m in the process of moving in with my boyfriend and I need space to put all my books and random crap. I hate moving. The very idea of moving makes me want to vomit. Nonetheless, things happen, life changes, people have to move and life must go on! Since I was using a custom built bookshelf at my old apartment, I needed a replacement space to put all my stuff. However, I’m a broke graduate student, and I needed something that didn’t hurt the tiny piggy bank. Solution: Ikea “as is” furniture!
I found this gem in the “as is” section of Ikea – the graveyard of DIY idiots:
This EXPEDIT bookshelf was only $42 marked down from $69.99. Yay! It only had a tiny scratch on one of the shelves. I could also have gone to craigslist, but didn’t want the bother of having to deal with another human being (I was having a bad week okay?).
As an aside, I think eReaders and kindles and nooks, nookies, snookies and ipads are all amazing wonderful things! I just hope they don’t completely replace printed edition books. Holding a book, bending its pages and placing it on a bookshelf to share with friends are all good things (I hope I’m not sounding like Martha Stewart…). Read on friends! Eat the burnt cheese!