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Nashville bookstore needs your help

$395 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 3 months
Gregory Delzer  NASHVILLE, TN
Defunct Books needs your help in order to expand into the back room so that we can stay open and sell more books! I’m seeking support for bookshelves and book-moving expenses to expand into the back room of my store in Five Points in East Nashville.

I moved my used bookstore from Iowa City to East Nashville in August of 2015 because I fell in love with Nashville and because East Nashvillians expressed a strong desire for a used bookstore in their neighborhood.  But without the help of our book-loving friends, we won't be able to maintain our physical store.


While spaces in East Nashville are difficult to find, particularly charming ones, I located an inviting space in the Five Points neighborhood and was able to set up shop in the front three rooms. Given how limited this space is, however, I was only able to fit half of the sections into the store with the remainder of the books sitting in storage.


The only way that the bookstore will be successful is if we open the backroom/kitchen in order to be able to display more of our books. If we’re able to open this space, we’ll be able to add our large theology section, as well as popular sections such as psychology, business/economics, Eastern philosophy, world religions, health, foreign languages, medicine, sociology, cultural studies, law, education, literary criticism, Judaica, antiques & collectibles, anthropology, hunting & fishing, nature, pets, gender studies, biography, do-it-yourself, family & childcare, as well as large parts of the poetry section, art, transportation, military history, reference, and young adult. Literally, it’s like half the store. If we are unable to open the back room soon, I fear that we won't be able to stay open. 

In order to open the back room, I need funds to purchase additional bookcases as well as to be able to move/set up the books. Any funds beyond that will be used to move additional books that are still sitting in storage in Iowa. These are trying times for independent bookstores. The closure of the venerable BookMan/BookWoman after 20 years is testament to that. I would like to be able to continue to serve the community both as a charming physical space to buy books as well as to host literary and music events for the public.

Defunct Books is and always has been a labor of love, but to make the bookstore viable into the future, expanding into the back space is imperative. I would appreciate any help you can provide, and I hope you make great use of the donation rewards offered, either for yourself or for friends and loved ones. The gift cards make excellent gifts! And either way, please support local, independent bookstores by buying books! But please, help us stay open!

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$395 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 8 people in 3 months
Created December 7, 2016
$5
Little Red Book
When you donate $5, you'll receive a little red pocket book with an outdoorsy theme! Everyone loves little books!
$10
Ultimate Selfie
Donate $10 and take a photo with Granny and our 1970s vintage polygraph machine! Too cool for school!
$15
Movie Night!
14 of 15 left
Donate $15 to receive a ticket to movie night in the bookstore! Watch a movie in our charming space.
$20
Give the Gift 1
When you donate $20, you'll receive a $25 Defunct Books store gift card which you can use for yourself or give as a gift! Check out all the new book sections!
$40
Give the Gift 2
When you donate $40, you get a $50 gift card for yourself or to give as a gift!
$60
Recommend Books
Want to share your favorite books with the public? Donate $60, and we'll post your recommendations of the best books! Be celebrated for your coolness!
$75
Use Our Space!
10 of 10 left
Donate $75 and use our charming space for a gig night or reading! This is good for 2 hours max, and we reserve the right to approve the type of event.
$80
Give the Gift 3
Donate $80 and get a $100 gift card to Defunct Books for yourself or to give as a gift! What a deal!
$100
Rare Book Night
7 of 8 left
Donate $100 and get an invitation to our rare book night where the owner will pull out some of the most unique, old, rare books not on display to the public.
$200
PersonalShopper
10 of 10 left
Donate $200 and the bookstore owner will be your personal shopper for a day! You'll get a $100 gift card and private access to the bookstore after hours!
$1,000
Section Sponsor
2 of 2 left
Donate $1k and sponsor a section in the bookstore. Maybe you're into circus sideshow books or books related to SPAM or pop-up books! Includes a $1000 gift card.
$100
Anonymous
1 month ago(Offline Donation)
$20
Anonymous
3 months ago(Offline Donation)
$100
Anonymous
3 months ago
AS
$15
Alexis Stevens
3 months ago

Word.

RC
$40
Reena Camoens
3 months ago
$20
Brian Johannesen
3 months ago
LK
$80
lisa kammerud
3 months ago

Happy to support such an awesome store!

PR
$20
Peter Rebeiro
3 months ago

Good luck with this- love your store!

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