“In mid-18th century England, a group of ladies decided to replace evenings of card playing and idle chatter with "conversation parties," inviting illustrious men of letters to discuss literary and intellectual topics with them. One regular guest was scholar-botanist Benjamin Stillingfleet. His hostesses willingly overlooked his cheap blue worsted stockings (a type disdained by the elite) in order to have the benefit of his lively conversation. Those who considered it inappropriate for women to aspire to learning derisively called the group the "Blue Stocking Society." The women who were the original bluestockings rose above the attempted put-down and adopted the epithet as a name for members of their society.”
-- from Merriam-Webster
These days a “bluestocking” is defined as a literary and intelligent woman. While I whole-heartedly support the female solidarity, I know it’s important for our society to be literary and intelligent people. When a life-long book nerd discovered she was also a bluestocking, it seemed obvious to create a bookshop.
Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Nerd
Aimee wasn't born here, but she is in love with being a small business owner in Holland, MI. She often jokes that if it had been a possible selection in high school, she would have been nominated "Most Likely to Run a Bookstore". She has a wonderful circle of supportive friends and family - there's always someone dropping by at the shop!
These artists and creators showcase their work for sale at our store!
Our Stay Home, Read More shirts are printed right here in Holland!
Many of our photos are courtesy of our Canadian contingent - Check out his portfolio and prints!
Our art and candle partner!
Adorable yarn craft and a fabulous Insta-blog from our friend Maggie!
Upcycled home decor and crafts for every occasion!
We have some exclusive handpainted magnets and ornaments, but so many more are available!
Handcrafted gift items! Flower pens, colorful clothespin critters, and bookmarks make great teacher gifts!
We are a fundraiser spot for our favorite local no-kill animal shelter!
Handmade totebags, great for books!
Made to fit your favorite books, these sleeves are handmade locally to keep your reads pretty!
All natural body products to keep your skin happy and healthy!
3-D printed figurines and terrain for all your dungeon needs! Use 'Bluestocking' at checkout for 10% off your order!