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Ashley Adores’ Favorite Things: Out of Print’s Long Sleeves

December 2, 2014

Generosity meets style and nerdom with Out of Print‘s sweaters, T-shirts and other literary accessories. Following a one-for-one donation model, for each product sold, the online retailer donates a book to Books For Africa, an organization that collects and distributes books to children in Africa.

“From day one we wanted to use our business as a vehicle to help do good,” said Todd Lawton, who created Out of Print Clothing with his business partner and childhood friend, Jeffrey LeBlanc, in an interview with the Freelancers Union. “We found Books For Africa and really liked how they operate. They have a simple mission — to distribute books to students of all ages in Africa — and are very efficient. We also were excited about our ability to help promote their organization.”

The company says it has sent more than 1 million books to communities in need in 22 countries through its partnership with Books For Africa. Although some of my favorite books (The Bluest Eye, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) have yet to be immortalized in wearable form from Out of Print, the online shop has some pretty cool literary gems.

This Library Stamp Long Sleeve is a throwback to the days when the library was life for young bookworms like myself. It gets extra points for having dates from my birth year of 1984, which, incidentally, is saluted in an awesome red long sleeve for the dystopian novel written by George Orwell.

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See which vibrant, book-inspired garment took the crown after the jump!

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Thrifted Thursday: Blouses and Books from Treasure Hunt, Long Beach

May 16, 2013

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Treasure Hunt in Long Beach never disappoints. Whether it’s a nice retro dress or a piece of reasonably priced furniture, I can never leave empty-handed. My last shopping trip was no exception. This blue secretary blouse with the ascot neck tie (originally $5 but $3.75 with the 25-percent discount) made my day.

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This black and white number may look familiar. Yes, I rocked this one in a recent “Outfit of the Day.” The triple-layered collar? Amazing! This was the same deal: originally $5 but $3.75 with the 25-percent discount.

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I’m a sucker for a nice hard-bound book, and I was lucky enough to come across some classics — For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway and Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe — as well as some cool coffee table books about the great cities of San Francisco and New York. And there was an L.A. Times book about the 1984 Olympic Games (shout out to all the ’80s babies!).

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All books were 50 percent off that day, so they were only $1 each.

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I plan to do some sort of DIY/interior design project with these books. When it’s done you will be the first to know!

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And last but not least, I found this darling framed Bible verse ($2.50). I hung it right by my staircase as a reminder that God is with me in my coming and going. Love that guy!

Grand total: $16.35