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Today’s question: What items have you ever used as a bookmark? What is the most unusual item you’ve ever used or seen used?

Musing Mondays asked the same question back in February. I do not have a bookmark collection. I grab whatever is handy to use as bookmarks: receipts, scrap paper, movie ticket stub, bus transfer, post-it, boarding pass stubs, and expired library card. Usually I keep a couple pieces of scrap papers and post-its in the book for notes and they would fulfill the task of bookmarks. Recently I begin to collect bookmarks that announce store events from indies. The most unusual item I’ve ever used is money: a dollar bill or 5-dollar bill. Once I traveled in Japan during winter, between snowy weather and the shopping bags that I had to carry (Japan relies heavily on an excellent public transit and railway), I forgot that I left a few money notes in my book.

26 Responses

  1. I’ve got a huge collection of bookmarks, but I generally use the same few over and over. Never used money, though!

  2. I am currently using a British one-pound note, only available in Scotland, as a bookmark. A lot of people in the UK don’t realise that one-pound notes still exist!

    I have also used candy wrappers, holiday brochures, leaves and ribbon as bookmarks. Whatever works!

  3. I use most anything handy, including old concert tickets, which are just the right size. Ir never occured to me to use money. Recently a friend gave me some wooden ones, very thin pieces of beautiful rare wood. I thought they might be too heavy and have a tendency to fall out, but the grain of the wood seems to give enough traction to hold them in place.

    • I’ve got those SF Symphony stubs and one from the Lance Burton Magic in Las Vegas! The wooden ones I don’t want to use because they’re so pretty and delicate.

  4. I have a beautiful wooden bookmark from Hawaii that has a tribal turtle on it. Sadly I’ve misplaced it. 😦

  5. I’ve used so many things it’s hard to keep track. I would’ve cried if I left money in a book!! 😦

  6. Oh no, I’ll never leave money in my books. 😛

    • I can see why. 🙂 I was shoving the yen notes in my book when it started snowing on the street and then totally forgot about them after I got back to the hotel!

  7. Money? You are brave! I have five or six bookmarks that have all been gifts that I use all the time. My husband is the one to use whatever is lying around, including food wrappers. ***shudders*** This is why he doesn’t read one of my books until after I’ve read it!

    • I was just telling my friend that I have mixed feeling lending books to people. Greasy fingers, lotioned hand, etc all quicken the damage (oxidation and acidification) of the books. Once I found a used book with a rose interspersed between the pages. Chemical from the flower has eaten up the pages that sandwich it.

  8. The oddest was a $50 savings bond that I had sitting around (not sure why it was sitting around) but I don’t remember seeing it again.

  9. I hate to use too nice a bookmark. I know I will just lose it.

    I love post-it notes. I also use them to mark places I want to remember or quote in a review. the post-it arrows are great too if I don’t need space to take notes and are sturdy enough to be re-used. and the advantage of all the post-it type things are they don’t fall out.

  10. I love it when I find money in my books! Unfortunately it happens rarely, because I rarely have cash to use as a bookmark, but it’s such a delightful surprise when it does happen.

  11. I use post-its, receipts, postcards, candy wrappers, pretty much anything that is sitting nearby me when I need to mark my place in a book. As for money, I’ve only used that once, but felt a bit weird putting money into my book, so I’ve never done it again.

    • I use most of the items you mention, except for candy wrappers. I don’t eat a lot of candies and I always thought the acidity of wrappers might damage books.

  12. I’ve used a variety of things mentioned above as a bookmark with the exception of sweet or food wrappers (the idea of attracting ants/ insects to the book scares me) and money (in case I forgot to take it out after finishing the book).

    When I was a child, I learnt to make cute bookmarks from the corners of envelopes . You cut the corner off the envelope and then decorate it any which way you wanted. Then when it was ready, all you had to do was slip it onto the corner of the page you were up to.

    One thing that hasn’t been mentioned so far is the elastic band.

    • Insects also freak me out. Food wrappers won’t do because the grease and/or acidity will damage the books and facilitate oxidation of the paper. I have seen a bookmark made out of a McDonalds hamburger wrapper!

      The idea of using corners of envelops sounds great. I should imitate that. 🙂

  13. I have quite a large collection of bookmarks. I try and rotate through them. Inevitably however, I often end up using a receipt or piece of scrap paper because I forget my bookmark. I think the most unusual item I’ve used as a bookmark recently was a penny. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

    • I can grab whatever is handy. Sometimes I forget my bookmarks (usually ones from indie bookstores) and I use a scrap paper or a promotional postcards. 🙂

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