#Shelfies & Wall Art that Wows!



Everyone knows about sharing a selfie. But have you heard about sharing a #shelfie?

A shelfie is a pictorial representation of what is on your shelves, be it book titles, knickknacks, photos, plants, or an artistic arrangement…just about anything that reflects your taste – on a shelf.

Photo Credit: Arm Party Central

What we display on our shelves tells other people a lot about us. We read a lot (books), we love our family (photos), we’ve taken a lot of trips and hit every gift shop that existed (more photos plus trinkets and collectibles!).

Photo Credit: Kate La Vie

In fact, there’s a certain strange and wonderful wisdom about book shelfies that CNN writer David G. Allan discusses in his column, The Wisdom Project, including their use in teaching, exercise, therapy, and just getting to know the person inside the person with a book #shelfie. Don’t have the titles you want to show off in your #shelfie? Visit our virtual bookstores and load up with literary bargains galore!

Photo Credit: Words and Lyrics

You can even create art within your shelves, like this inventive book collector!

Photo Credit: Sweet Book Obsession

Fans of shelfies started posting heavily on Instagram several years ago, quickly coining the #shelfie hashtag. The San Antonio Express News shows some beautifully-shot, artful shelfies, and offers up some great tips on how to make your #shelfie shine!

plants on shelves
Photo Credit: Decordots via Urban Jungle Bloggers

Do a #selfie with your #shelfie, and share it with @AustinGoodwill on Instagram!

Wall Décor like never before!

Do you look at your walls and go, “meh”? Think of your walls as giant art canvases, and get creative!

book wall art
Design Star All Stars contestant Kellie folded book pages halfway in contrasting directions, and attached the books to the wall using screws.
Photo Credit: HGTV

Not allowed to paint the walls in your apartment? Cover them with art! We found some great inexpensive ways gathered by Farima Alavi at HGTV to really dress things up – our favorite is the Book Page Art! Other ideas include simple framed maps, basket art, and gallery walls of vintage china. Fun! The best part – you can find everything you need at your local Goodwill!

fish wall art
“Fabulous Fishes” platter wall art, by Angela LaVista. We agree!
Photo Credit: Houzz.com

A blank wall can be transformed into a focal point or an accent wall with ease. Check out tons of great ideas on Wall Decorating Photos by Houzz.com Our personal fave: fish platters as wall art! You just know you’ll find something just as fun at Goodwill!

botanical wall art
These thrifted frames were spruced up with black paint and then distressed with sandpaper to match the look of the vintage botanical prints they display.
Photo credit: Better Homes and Gardens

Still not quite sure what you want to put on your walls? We also found a great resource from Better Homes and Gardens with how-to videos to create fabric wall art, beautiful art from old jewelry, and more! And you know where to find yards of fabric, picture frames, and baskets of jewelry: Goodwill! You can even buy it by the pound at our Goodwill Outlet Stores!

Now that you have your shelves ready for their #shelfie debut, and your walls are wow-worthy, share your transformations with us and tag @AustinGoodwill!

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