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A progressive bookshop and art gallery that specializes in new and used hard to find books in the city of Austin, Texas.

WHO WE ARE

We are former staff of Domy Books. With the sudden closing of Domy Austin, we have taken it upon ourselves to try and continue the spirit of this groundbreaking bookstore. Under the new name, FAREWELL BOOKS, we will be opening in the same location at 913 E Cesar Chavez. Our hope is to invoke the spirit of Domy, continuing its inventive approach to offering literary ephemera while simultaneously acting as a cultural hub for the Austin community. 

WHAT FAREWELL WANTS TO GIVE AUSTIN

FAREWELL BOOKS will function as a vital space for contemporary culture and community. We will be a center for happenings, art openings, release parties, poetry and prose readings, as well as a performance space for theater, film, workshops, and much more. We will continue to stock the same kinds of hard to find books and magazines you love, and will introduce an online shop and a curated section of used books to the shop. In order to further ensure our survival, we will be subdividing the space with a few vendors. We will be keeping Juliaʼs amazing food trailer, Schmaltz in the back, and with our opening we will be helping to resurrect Veronica Ortunoʼs shop Las Cruxes.

With this campaign we hope to reach out to the community of creative people who have contributed to the shop over the years. Perhaps Domy hosted one of your events, helped you release a magazine or comic, or were able to provide a space for your discussion. Maybe you were an artist featured in one of our art exhibitions or your band was part of one of Domy’s successful SXSW showcases. Regardless, if Domy has been a part of your life in one way or another, consider donating to our campaign and help FAREWELL BOOKS serve community of Austin.

Help keep one of Austin's most beloved gallery spaces alive!

[Work by Jim Houser, 2011]
[Work by Jim Houser, 2011]

JOIN US

Your contributions will help us purchase fixtures and stock, supplies and goods that are needed to get FAREWELL BOOKS off the ground and keep it running. It will allow us to maintain a busy schedule of programming and events. Know that your donation will allow culture, literature, arts and more to continue to flourish in Austin, Texas; an exciting town full of creatives, writers, designers, artists, filmmakers, musicians, thinkers, cartoonists, poets, performers and much, much more.

If the idea of a store like Domy disappearing in Austin is something that you'd hate to see, please consider a donation. To show our gratitude, we've provided a series of perks and gifts to thank you for the contribution. You'll be part of this specific moment in the history of printed matter and alternative art spaces. You will be creating a vital community space. 

I hope that you will be involved. Please share this with your family and friends and spread the word.    

A LITTLE INFO ON OUR REWARDS

Farewell Books has been incredibly fortunate to receive so much generous support from some of Austin's most admired and respected businesses. These folks have offered Farewell donors some very exciting rewards to thank you for your contribution. 

We're offering two different tote bags, designed by our friends Ryan Rhodes and Caleb Owen Everitt, so you'll have to choose!

This card grants you access to the sister and brotherhood of the books at Farewell.

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When Domy was forced to close we were both heartbroken and confused. Opening a book shop and keeping it alive and growing is not an easy task these days. Smart and independent bookshops can survive, but it has to be a labor of love. This shop exists for the love of art, books, and community. We both have or are trying to acquire second and third jobs to make this all happen. There's no money in opening a bookshop, you do it for something else. Please, please, help us reach our goal and spread the word.

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    For the price of a movie ticket, help create a vital space for contemporary culture and community. You'll get a shout-out on our website, and we'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell pencil.

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    CENOTE: Our friends at Cenote will give you 5 free coffees! We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell pencil and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    Thank you so much! We'll send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell canvas patch. Plus you'll also get a web shout-out, a Farewell pencil, and a sticker.

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    KOSMIC KOMBUCHA: Our friends at Kosmic Kombucha will give you a half gallon jug of their delicious brew. We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell pencil and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    SCHMALTZ: Julia will serve you up lunch for two at her amazing all vegetarian but mostly vegan jewish-style deli. We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell pencil and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    END OF AN EAR: Our friends at End of an Ear will set you up with $25 worth of awesome records and one of their tote bags. We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell pencil and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    FAREWELL TOTES: Thank you, you are helping to provide Austin with a space for progressive printed matter. We want to send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell tote bag! Designed by Ryan Rhodes and Caleb Owen Everitt. Plus you'll get a web shout-out, a Farewell pencil, and a sticker.

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    FAREWELL T-SHIRT: Thank you so much! We want to send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell t-shirt. Designed by Farewell's own Mikaylah Bowman. Plus you'll get a Farewell pencil, sticker, and a web shout-out.

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    OLD CROW: Adam Young, the man working hard on Farewell Books' new shop build-out offers these donors a beautifully handcrafted wooden kitchen spoon, to be made to fit your need! Perfect for sauce or soup tasting. We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    LAS CRUXES: Our awesome sister shop will grant you $50 you can put towards vintage / contemporary clothing, records, jewelry or apothecary items. We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    FAREWELL TOTE / T-SHIRT PACKAGE: Thank you so much! We want to send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell t-shirt. Designed by Farewell's own Mikaylah Bowman. You'll also get one of our Farewell tote bags, designed by Ryan Rhodes & Caleb Owen Everitt. Plus you'll get a Farewell patch, pencil, sticker, and a web shout-out.

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    AMOA/ARTHOUSE: Our friends at Arthouse and AMOA will provide you with a one year membership. This grants you free entry for two adults to all AMOA/Arthouse Members' Preview parties, access for two to the monthly Rooftop Members' Lounge events, and priority reservation for two at AMOA/Arthouse lectures and screenings! We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    BLANTON: Our friends at the Blanton will provide you with a one year membership. We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    LUNARIA TAROT: Our friend Olivia of Lunaria Tarot & Mystic Oddment will give you a 1/2 hour reading! We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    PASTELEGRAM: Our friends at the awesome artist run magazine Pastelegram have offered a subscription for their forthcoming issues #3 and #4. Plus, they will throw in the first two issues of Pastelegram along with a t-shirt. We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    FEATHERS: Our friends at Feathers Boutique will set you up with $50 worth of threads. We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    LA BOTANICA: Our friends at La Botanica will set you up with Deer One Solid Perfume, Desert Dream Flower Tea, Bearded Lady Mustache Wax, a jar of feral Texas honey infused with star anise and black & pink peppercorns, and Fireside Smoke Blend No. 1 pre-rolled herbal cigarettes. We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    SWITCHED ON: Our friends at Switched On will set you up with a brand new Korg Monotron Duo mini-synthesizer! It's a compact and portable monophonic analog synthesizer with a ribbon keyboard and a built-in speaker. We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    LACED WITH ROMANCE: This favorite source for some of the most carefully selected vintage and unique in-house designs in Austin offers you $100 worth of coveted vintage clothing, shoes or accessories. We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    VERONICA ORTUÑO / LAS CRUXES: Veronica of Las Cruxes would like to make you a custom hand-painted garment, wear-able art! We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    FAREWELL SOCIETY: Once you've joined the Farewell Books Society, you're in forever! Inquire within for the details of this secret offer, trust us it's worth it. This offer is made available through our Kickstarter fundraiser only. We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    DUST AND DRAG: Provided here is a one of a kind reconstructed vintage piece from LACED WITH ROMANCE's in-house design label Dust and Drag! We'll also send you a real-world thank-you in the form of a Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker. Plus you'll get a web shout-out.

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    Thank you so much for your support! At this level, we'd like to offer you a framed 8 x 10" photograph by one of the founders of Farewell Books, Travis Kent & Mikaylah Bowman. The choice is up to you. These come framed with UV protective plexiglass and signed. You'll also get a handwritten 'thank you' card, the Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker -- and a web shout-out.

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    You must really love books. We do too! We'd love to show you our appreciation for your generous support by offering you a painted reproduction of your favorite book, done by master painter Lane Hagood. You'll also get a handwritten 'thank you' card, the Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker -- and a web shout-out.

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    ART GUYS: AMOA/Arthouse was kind of to donate one of their collectors circle prints, done by the prolific Houston-based artistic duo The Art Guys. 'Conceal a Dagger in a Smile' from 2000, is a Silkscreen on birch plywood with marble chine collé. "Conceal a dagger in a smile” is a stratagem for confrontation from The Secret Art of War (a late Ming Dynasty classic on the psychological warfare of deception and hidden tactics). You'll also get a handwritten 'thank you' card, the Farewell tote, pencil, and sticker -- and a web shout-out.

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    EX LIBRIS: Farewell thanks you, and Austin will thank you later. We would like to show you our appreciation by naming a bookshelf in your honor! One of our beautiful new shelves, built by Adam Young out of reclaimed wood from the Bastrop fires, will have a small placard with your name on it. You'll also get a silkscreened print by Rand Renfrow, a Farewell Books Society card, a handwritten 'thank you' card, one of each Farewell tote, a pencil, patch and stickers -- and a web shout-out.

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    GRAND HIGH MASTER EX LIBRIS: Thank you. You have been a part of this specific moment in the history of printed matter and alternative art spaces. We would like to show you our undying appreciation by throwing a private or public party in your honor! We'd also like to thank you by engraving your name onto our bookshelf ladder for helping us reach our goal. You will get two Farewell Society cards, a handwritten 'thank you' card, a silkscreened print by Rand Renfrow, one of each Farewell tote, a pencil, patch and stickers -- and a web shout-out. PS - Tell us your favorite book and we will permanently keep in stock!

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