Imagine a Better Bookshop!

by Imagined Things Bookshop in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

£18,803

raised so far

239

supporters

To make the most of moving our bookshop to a fabulous new location!

by Imagined Things Bookshop in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 18th May 2022 we'd raised £18,648 with 235 supporters in 35 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

We need your help to Imagine a Better Bookshop!

As we approach half a decade since Imagined Things first opened its doors, as Harrogate's Independent Bookshop, we have a VERY exciting new opportunity to move the bookshop to a beautiful new location on Montpellier Parade, overlooking part of The Stray! It will mean much more visibility and passing trade, and a more secure future for our beloved bookshop.

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Why we're moving... 

Being in an arcade has always been a challenge - we've no window on the street, we're not accessible and we have to explain (and make videos!) for people to find us! It was a tough start for the bookshop due to our lack of visibility, leading to us posting a tweet that went viral after we'd had a day where we only took £12.34: Our Viral Tweet . Thankfully since then many wonderful, amazing customers have found us and Imagined Things has grown immensley. Despite this the arcade still has many challenges: steps on both sides mean wheelchair users can't visit, and access for prams (and baby booksellers!) is difficult; not having a window on the street; having virtually no passing trade; having no staffroom or drink making facilities and having very limited storage space. So whilst we'll always love our first home in Harrogate's last Victorian Arcade, we feel we've reached the limit of what we can do (and how much we can fit) into our current home, and with the lease on it up for renewal we decided it was time to take another leap and move Imagined Things to an amazing new location! 

The New Shop


The new shop is on Montpellier Parade, number 21 to be exact! Just down the hill from Betty's Tearooms, in the popular Montpellier Quarter. 

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Why we're Crowdfunding... 

Having a shop on the highstreet is a expensive business, and our lovely new location comes at a much increased cost. Crowdfunding will help enormously to allow us to make the most of this opportunity, by making the the new shop a really amazing space and mean we can spend more time on the wonderful bookish side of things. 

As well as increased rent, we'll no longer be sheltered by business rates relief so will need to pay that too. We also need to pay all kinds of ongoing bills - from getting the bins collected to a licence to play music, and of course wages for our wonderful booksellers too. Plus we need to pay for fitting the new shop out. Everything from bookcases and joiners, to shop counters and bookstands. From carpet in the children's area, to paint for the mural and film on the window to stop the sun bleaching all the books! There's also painting the outside, signage on the shop front and Debbie's much longed for kettle (see rewards!). And we need funds to fill all of those extra shelves with plenty of wonderful new books too! We won't bore you with all of the details, but basically it isn't a cheap thing to do, and the more money we raise will mean the more we can do to really utilise the new shop and make it an amazing new home, full of all of the things that already make Imagined Things so special! The more we raise, the more stability we'll have going forward, and every donation will be spent on making our bookshop even better. So if you fancy any of the very cool (even if we do say so ourselves - sweatshirt anyone??!) rewards, or are able to make a donation to our crowdfunder that would be amazing. 

Rewards

See the long list of rewards to your right to choose from! Some are limited, or one-offs, and many mean you'll be the very first to own things too. Some of the highlights and extra information can be found below: 


Imagined Things Merchandise: Be the first to own some very fancy new Imagined Things merchandise. Choose from tote bags, mugs or our very own shade of fountain pen ink: Imagined Ink! Or our personal favourite, our FIRST EVER Imagined Things sweatshirts in our brand new I can't ever IMAGINE having enough BOOKS design, in a choice of Sky Blue or Storm Grey.  (Sizes XS-XXL). 

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Bookshop Memberships:  This is something we've been wanting to do for a long time. As an extension of our loyalty scheme, you can become a member of the bookshop! Anyone can join*, and you'll get a very fancy metal membership card in silver or gold. There's three levels of membership to choose from: 

Silvertongues’ Membership - 1 year - 10% off - plus a foil bookmark, a tote bag and a  mug. Plus an exclusive silver metal card for your use only  - £65 for one year. (After the year you can choose to renew, or just default back to a standard loyalty card and just collect points. You get to keep your card though!)

Lantern Bearers’ Membership - 3 years - 15% off - plus a foil bookmark, a tote bag, a mug and a limited edition print. Plus your very own exclusive gold metal card - £250. (After the 3 years is up please speak to us if you'd like to renew to see what options are available!). 

Lifetime Lantern Bearers’ Membership - LIFETIME - 20% off - plus a foil bookmark, a tote bag, a mug and a limited edition print. Plus your very own exclusive gold metal card - £700.

All bookshop members will have their names on our Wall of Thanks, written in silver or gold!

Wall of Thanks - Anyone donating or pledging £50 or over will get their name on our wall of thanks in the new bookshop - to say a BIG thank you for your generosity & support! And the first thirty people to donate over this amount will be invited to preview the new shop prior to opening! (Building works permitting!)

Please note rewards will not be immediatley available - we need to move into the new shop first, and will then send out rewards after - most will be with you by July/August, but please see each reward for estimated delivery. 

When will it all happen?

We are getting the keys in April! Though the shopfit will take a while, along with moving out of the old shop. We're aiming to stay open in the current location in the Westminster Arcade throughout May (we have to be out of that unit by the 7th of June). At the very end of May/the start of June, we may need to be closed at both locations whilst we move all of the IT system over to the new shop, move the books and stocktake, and shelve all of them ahead of opening. Once everything is done the new shop will open, we estimate in the first week of June. We'll keep this page and our social media populated with updates of how we're getting on, including when we have a more concrete opening day for the new shop! 

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Photo of Georgia our owner, the baby bookseller Ruby-Alice and our manager Debbie - inside the new shop - the sun is a bit bright for the baby! (& Georgia's mum Maria, chief Imagined Things cheerleader and baby bookseller wrangler, in the reflection!) 

And finally... 

Thank you. For reading this, for buying books with us, for donating, for spreading the word, for sharing in the excitment and being part of the new chapter of our story! For everything. We literally wouldn't exist without the support of our truly AMAZING customers - you've made my dream a reality. It was once a small, imagined thing in the head of a radiographer who wished she could spend her days surrounded by books... and now she can! And she has booksellers and customers and a baby bookseller to share it all with, and it is truly a dream come true. And it's time to make that dream, that now very real bookshop, even better! 

From Georgia, Debbie, Hayley & Meg (And our baby bookseller! And bookshop dragon!) - thank you, and we can't wait to show you the new shop! 

Additional Rewards Information: 

Memberships - *Discount applies to standard titles ordered in for you. Membership cards can only be used in person, not on our website. You can order by phone/email for postage though!Discounts don't include postage which is charged at cost. We can only post books in the UK. Also please note discount excludes sale items, book subscription purchases & event tickets. Special orders such as for specialist academic titles/print on demand titles or other non-standard orders are also excluded. Other rare exclusions may apply, such as limited special edition or signed books. Membership is for one person only and may not be shared or transferred.

Events-  Events on the dates stated, or by arrangement during timescale stated - if not stated, must be arranged with us within 1 year of the end of this crowdfunder.

Windows- final say on window decoration remains with us, and will suit the needs of the bookshop whilst showing your sponsorship prominently. We may reject and refund companies or organisations that are not inkeeping with our company ethics and ethos.

Bookseller for the Day - on mutually convenient day to be arranged between us. Not including the busy Christmas period. 

Rewards

This project offered rewards

£15 or more

Random Act of Kindness (Paperback)

Spread the joy of books with a random act of kindess! Working with our community partners we'll send a book to someone locally who would appreciate it! We'll hand-select and wrap it with twine, and care, and include a lovely handwritten note too! (Note to include your name or not as selected, e.g. "This random act of kindness was from Dorothy").

£7 or more

Drive our Bookshop Message Around!

Get one of our new design car window stickers and a foil bookmark! Drive around in style with one of window stickers adorning your car.

£8 or more

Recommendation via Pigeon Post!

Get a Pigeon with a handwritten book recommendation. Written in fountain pen by our booksellers! Choose between one of our all time favourites or a very new book! Pigeons are Inspired by origami - a beautifully crafted combination of letter & envelope with fun, colourful designs! *sadly not delivered by actual pigeons... or owls... or dragons... we had to rely on the Royal Mail!(Plus foil bookmark to collect from store-they won't fit inside!)

£15 or more

New Shop Sketch Tote Bag!

Get our very lovely brand new tote bags as a thank you, plus a foil bookmark! Look stylish whilst toting books and other essentials, and carry our eternal thanks for helping us Imagine a Better Bookshop! This brand new design is a one-colour sketch of the new shop screen-printed onto a cotton tote bag. 100% organic cotton and are a 160gsm weight. Choose whichever colour suits you!

£15 or more

Imagined Things Mug!

Get one of our first ever IMAGINED THINGS mugs! Sip your beverages in style with these dishwasher & microwave safe ceramic mugs. They come boxed in a lovely Imagined Things box & come with a foil bookmark included too!

£15 or more

Exclusive iMagined iNk & Matching Notebooks!

Exclusive iMagined iNk! In collaboration with Diamine Inks we've had our very own exclusive ink produced to match the light blue in our logo! The ink is suitable & safe for fountain pens, & can be used for dip pens/calligraphy/artwork too! This reward includes two "I Can't Ever IMAGINE having enough NOTEBOOKS" small A6 notebooks (90gsm paper) & a foil bookmark! Limited edition 30ml bottles of iMagined iNk which is exclusive to our bookshop.

£15 or more

Imagined Things Tea Towel

Dry things in style with the first ever Imagined Things Tea Towel! It will feature a sketch of the new shop, screen printed in white, onto a light grey tea towel. Made from 100% cotton, 170gsm weight. Plus a foil bookmark.

£16 or more

Make Our Mural!

We're making a very lovely book-themed IMAGINED THINGS mural in the new shop! Sponsor a letter to help us make it a reality! Pledges for this award will fund the acrylic markers we need - Georgia's time spent on the scaffolding tower will be free, though she's promised to video the letters' creation, and her scaling the scaffolding tower - for your information, and amusement!

£16 or more

Pathetic Fallacy - books to match the weather!

Spoilt for choice? Wish you had a book to match the weather? This is the reward for you! Choose your weather and we'll send you an appropriate book. Books will be paperback, and chosen carefully by our expert booksellers. Will include a forecast of what to expect from your chosen book & why we've matched it to the weather!

£20 or more

Your Very Own Dragon?!

Who wouldn't want their very own dragon?! Well lucky for us our bookseller Meg makes amazing minature origami dragons! Get your very own tiny origami dragon lovingly folded from book pages, complete with a dragon book picked, and wrapped, by our booksellers! Plus a foil bookmark. Available for children & adults.

£25 or more

Send a School Books!

Support us and a school at the same time! We are passionate about bringing the joy of books to young readers, and your donation will send three brand new, very recently published books to a local school, to help update their library and mean more children have access to brand new books! Schools will be selected by us as we alrlready work closely with a number of schools, & will be local Harrogate schools. Choose from Primary or Secondary schools.

£25 or more

Power to the Princesses Event - 9th of August 4pm

Inspire the next generation of Princesses! Dress up in your favourite princess dress or other fancy outfit and meet a REAL LIFE princess! The princess is from our friends at the wonderful BEYOND IMAGINATION EMPORIUM. There will be an interactive storytime and you'll get a hardback feminist fairytale book to take home, to show that princesses are as powerful as they are pretty! *adults must be in attendance - 1 per child (due to limited space).

£25 or more

Random Act of Kindness (Hardback)

Spread the joy of books! Working with our community partners we'll send a lovely hardback book to someone locally who would appreciate it! We'll hand-select and wrap it with twine, and care, and include lovely handwritten note too! (Note to include your name or not as selected, e.g. "Dorothy sent you this random act of kindess through our crowdfunder!")

£28 or more

Foil Numbered Limited Edition Bookshop Art Print

Own a very special sketch of the new shop printed in silver foil! Foil prints are numbered (lowest numbers to earliest pledgers), print is A5 size with silver foil on 380gsm matte laminated stock with a navy background. They come framed too! Plus get a foil bookmark as well! (Also available as part of our deluxe bundle).

£35 or more

Bag a Bookseller!

Pick one of our lovely booksellers, and they'll send you two of their favourite paperback books from the last year. Wrapped in our special tote bag and with a handwritten note from the bookseller about why they loved the book! Plus a foil bookmark to mark the pages! Available for adults & children. Booksellers will select a book that they loved from one or two of the categories listed with their name.

£35 or more

Imagined Things Sweatshirt with Slogan!

Be the first to wear one of our VERY cool sweatshirts with the slogan "I can't ever IMAGINE having enough BOOKS" see the rewards section for a mock-up of what they'll look like. They have a have a crew neck, are made from a soft cotton faced fabric, and have a ribbed neck, cuffs, and hem - 80% ringspun cotton & 20% polyester, and are a 280gsm weight. Size Chest (to fit): XS - 34" // S - 36" // M - 40" // L - 44" // XL - 48" // XXL - 52"

£35 or more

Preview Evening - Non-Fiction - 11th of August

Come along to our very special Preview Evening! Enjoy a presentation of the latest upcoming titles, in your chosen genre and take home a publisher goody bag with at least two advanced reading copies of books not yet published! Plus 20% off any titles preordered and paid for on the evening, and 30% off any Imagined Things Merchandise purchased too. Free drink - wine/soft drink. Evening to start at 7pm, in the bookshop, numbers limited.

£35 or more

Preview Evening-General Fiction-6th of September

Come along to our very special Preview Evening! Enjoy a presentation of the latest upcoming titles, in your chosen genre and take home a publisher goody bag with at least two advanced reading copies of books not yet published! Plus 20% off any titles preordered and paid for on the evening, and 30% off any Imagined Things Merchandise purchased too. Free drink - wine/soft drink. Evening to start at 7pm, in the bookshop, numbers limited.

£35 or more

Preview Evening-Fantasy/Sci-Fi-27th of September

Come along to our very special Preview Evening! Enjoy a presentation of the latest upcoming titles, in your chosen genre and take home a publisher goody bag with at least two advanced reading copies of books not yet published! Plus 20% off any titles preordered and paid for on the evening, and 30% off any Imagined Things Merchandise purchased too. Free drink - wine/soft drink. Evening to start at 7pm, in the bookshop, numbers limited.

£35 or more

Preview Evening-Crime/Thriller-20th of July

Come along to our very special Preview Evening! Enjoy a presentation of the latest upcoming titles, in your chosen genre and take home a publisher goody bag with at least two advanced reading copies of books not yet published! Plus 20% off any titles preordered and paid for on the evening, and 30% off any Imagined Things Merchandise purchased too. Free drink - wine/soft drink. Evening to start at 7pm, in the bookshop, numbers limited.

£49 or more

Sponsor a Shelf!

Would you like your name (or a loved one's, or your company's) name on one of our bookshelves?! They will all be proudly photographed! *Please note your name will be covered by books when the shelf is in use, but we'll always know it's there!* Bookcases contain six shelves each, this reward is for one of the six shelves. You can state your preference of bookshelf e.g. fiction/non-fiction/children's etc. & will will endevour to oblige.

£49 or more

Menu of Books!

Get a three course menu of books! A short novella/poetry book to start, a hardback for the main course and a sumptuous paperback for dessert! Complete with printed menu describing each course, including accompanying food, snack & drink recommendations. And a lovely Imagined Things Boxed Mug to utilise whilst your work your way through the pages! *Please note books are not actually edible!* & a foil bookmark!

£50 or more

Wall of Thanks & Merchandise Bundle!

Get your name (or loved one's) name added to our wall of thanks inside the new shop!! Plus get a tote bag full of our brand new Imagined Things Merchandise, includes: a foil bookmark, an Imagined Things mug, tote bag, notebook, iMagined iNk & tea towel!

£65 or more

Silvertongues’ Bookshop Membership

Become a member of the bookshop for 1 year! Get 10% off all purchases* & a foil bookmark, a tote bag & a mug! Plus an exclusive, very fancy silver card made from metal, for your use only! (After the year you can choose to renew, or default back to a standard loyalty card & collect points. You get to keep your silver card either way!) *Excludes postage, sale, subscriptions & special orders (normal orders included!) - see rewards for more info.

£74 or more

Personal Shopping Experience!

Get your very own bookseller for up to one hour to show you around the bookshop, help you browse the shelves and provide recommendations! Experience includes a £60 voucher for you to spend on books/book orders on the day! Booksellers can advise on a range of books, and if you provide us a preview of your reading tastes we can prepare some piles of books for you to peruse!

£80 or more

Wall of Thanks & Merchandise Bundle DELUXE

Get yours (or your loved one's) name on our Wall of Thanks in the new shop. Plus get your hands on a bundle of all of our new Imagined Things Merchandise*, get a: foil bookmark, tote bag, notebook, iMagined iNk, mug & tea towel. Plus also get one of our lovely limited edition framed foiled art prints too! (Limited to 200 max) *Excludes a sweatshirt

£100 or more

Browse the Bookshop - just you!

Ever wish you could have the whole bookshop to yourself to browse at your leisure? Now you can! Price includes an hour's undisturbed browsing, a £70 voucher to spend on books and your very own bookseller to assist you,make recommendations,put on your favourite music,make you a cup of tea or just sit quietly at the desk and leave you to it! *Hour to be agreed outside opening times Mon-Sat 10am-5pm and Sundays 12pm-4pm*

£190 or more

Express Your Shelf!

Curate your very own bookshelf in the new shop! That will be proudly displayed with your name and signage for one month! You can decorate it, write review cards or whatever you fancy! Price includes a foil bookmark & your choice of up to £50 of Imagined Things Merchandise (e.g. tote bag £15 etc.)! *A bookcase has 6 shelves, this is for 1 shelf. Only traditionally published books available with our suppliers & no inappropriate subject matter.*

£250 or more

Become a Bookseller (for the day!)

Always dreamed of working in a bookshop? Join us for a bookseller experience day! Experience the joy of scanning books, serving customers & being surrounded by books all day! Plus you'll get to create your own display & recommendations shelf, & a social media post! You'll get a goody bag of merch & free proof books! Plus a sandwich, cake & unlimited cups of tea (as long as Debbie gets her longed for kettle!) *date to be arranged after July 2022*

£250 or more

Lantern Bearers' Bookshop Membership

Become a member of the bookshop for 3 whole years! Get 15% off all purchases during your membership* & a foil bookmark, a tote bag, a mug & a limited edition print! Plus an exclusive, very fancy GOLD card made from metal, for your use only! *Excludes postage, sale, subscriptions & special orders (normal orders included!) - see rewards for more info.

£300 or more

Bookish Talk for Teens!

Send us to a secondary school to inspire the next generation of readers! We'll send one of our specialist Teen Booksellers into a local secondary school to chat to students about the best reads our their for this sometimes tricky-to-get-books-for age group! We'll leave behind our enthusiasm and lots of eager readers - and at least one copy of every book for the school to keep in their library. *Schools within 5 miles of the shop*

£300 or more

Bring your Book Club!

Bring your book club for an exclusive evening inside the new shop! Have the bookshop to yourselves, for up to 10 members. Includes wine/soft drinks, your very own bookseller and a tote bag, foil bookmark & book! Ahead of the evening we'll supply you with the paperback book to be discussed (your choice/we can advise). On the evening we'll be there to join in/lead the discussion & also to advise on books your book club might enjoy in the future.

£400 or more

Author Appearance Book Club with Matson Taylor!

An extra special evening for your book club in the new shop! The author of The Miseducation of Evie Epworth (a bestselling Radio 2 Book Club pick!) - filled with Yorkshire humour- will be present at the book club! Includes copies of the first book (paperback) & the new hardback All About Evie (published April 2022) for 10 people. (If you’ve read the first one Matson will recommend you another book!) Includes free soft drinks & wine.

£440 or more

Send us to a School!

Send us to a school, to inspire children/teens to be excited about books & stories!!! We'll send one of our lovely booksellers to the school for half a day to talk to the pupils about all things books, bookselling and stories. We'll work with the school so they really get the most out of our visit, and we'll take along a BIG box of fabulous new books (worth at least £300 RRP) to leave with the school! *Schools within 5 miles of the shop*

£500 or more

Sponsor a Window!

Our new window will actually be seen!!! Your company (or you!) can sponsor one of our window displays! It will be proudly displayed in our new shop for at least 3 weeks, and your name/ your company's name will be clearly displayed as the sponsor! It will be easily seen from our lovely new location on Montpellier Parade and we will also publicise through our social media. Dates to be mutually agreed and excludes the Christmas period.

£700 or more

LIEFTIME Lantern Bearers' Bookshop Membership

Become a member of the bookshop for a LIFETIME! Get 20% off all purchases* & a foil bookmark, a tote bag, a mug & a limited edition print! Plus an exclusive, very fancy GOLD card made from metal, for your use only! *Excludes postage, sale, subscriptions & special orders (normal orders included!) - see rewards for more info.

£900 or more

Sponsor our CHRISTMAS window!

Sponsor our 2022 Christmas Window! It will be a permanent installation over the busy Christmas period & on display for a minimum of 6 weeks in our new prominent location! Your company/organisation will be clearly displayed as sponsors, & we'll work with you on ways we can tailor the display to your company or organisation, whilst still suiting the needs of the shop. We always make a big deal of our Christmas window & it will be on social media!

£48 or more

Buy Debbie a Kettle!

Debbie loves tea! And she's worked for us for four years with no kettle! It's a travesty you could rectify! To say thank you Debbie will send you a personal thank you note & make you a cup of tea when you first visit the new bookshop & a foil bookmark!! You'll also fund a giant bag of Yorkshire Tea! (and your name on our wall of thanks!)

£98 or more

Fly Our Flag!

What's better than a bookshop on Montpellier Parade - one with a flag of course! Help us reach our flag aspirations by buying us a flag! To say thank you you'll get your name on our Wall of Thanks too!

£272 or more

Give us the gift of sound!

Pay for our music playing (PPL/PRS) license for one year. (Yes it costs us this much to play music for public consumption!) To say thank you we'll create a personalised playlist just for you, and play it for you when you first visit the shop! You will also get your name on our Wall of Thanks, and your choice of up to £50 worth of Imagined Things Merchandise.

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