I have had a few people ask me about cheap display items for shelves. I LOVE to go thrifting for display items on the cheap. One of the cheapest and chicest things I can think or are book bundles. These are uber popular right now.
Pottery Barn sells these little bundles for like $25 a piece I think.
Restoration Hardware sells these for $49 a piece and they have been sold out! Crazy, right! I hope none of my readers actually bought these, because they are sooo easy to make yourself.
I have some books that I am no longer reading anymore and my librarian mother in law would kill me for doing this for the sake of decor! Yes, I tore off the spines of my old high school pleasure reading books!
You can also go to a thrift store, antique mall, goodwill and get the cheapest books for like .25- 1.00 and recreate this same look.
I have a big roll of hemp that I like to tie them off with. Some look cute with ribbon. I am all about using what you have! Happy Bundling!