Blue & Grey Book Shoppe

Features: New, Used, and Rare Books; Doll Clothes by B. Key Art, Unique Gift Items, Local Handmade I Key Art.

The Blue & Grey Book Shoppe specializes in Civil War, Local History and other American History books. We carry new, used, and rare books on a variety of topics including sewing, crafts, and quilting. Plus Maps, Gift Items, Fine Art, and now feature 18" doll clothes by B. We recently partnered with Art Squared, a group of local artists, and a portion of the sales will support the Robert E. Tindall

12/31/2022

Want to know more about the president from Independence? Just got these in the shop, AND have them listed in our Biblio shop online. (Links are on the homepage of the website on our profile.
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12/28/2022

We’re adding new titles to our inventory every day. Come see what’s new, used, or rare on our shelves at the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe in Independence, MO.
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12/22/2022

Closed Today Due to Weather!
I hope you can stay inside where it is warm.
I plan to open the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe on Saturday, December 24.
- Betty
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12/20/2022

Does a doll you know need some Christmas PJ’s? You can still get doll clothes in time for Christmas at the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe!
(If you can’t make it to the store, you can still shop in our Etsy shop - link is on the home page of our website our profile.)
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12/17/2022

Kansas City has streetcars again! Ever wonder what they were like in Kansas City during their heyday? This book is now available at the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe in our brick & mortar store (106 E Walnut St., Independence, MO) or our online store on Biblio.com.
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12/03/2022

Any gnome for Christmas?
A new dress by Lorrie Iverson of B. Key Art - Doll Clothes available NOW at the craft fair at the Moose Lodge, 514 N Sterling Ave., Sugar Creek, MO. The show is open until 7pm, but this dress won’t last that long so come quick!
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12/03/2022

Did you miss B. Key Art - Doll Clothes at Bizarre Bazarre last weekend?
Come see us at our last show of the season TODAY, December 3:
Holiday Craft Fair
Moose Lodge
514 N. Sterling Ave.
Sugar Creek, MO 64054
2pm - 7pm
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11/26/2022

Kit is having fun showing off her new winter outfit! B. Key Art - Doll clothes is set up at Bizarre Bazaar in the Lawrence Arts Center in Lawrence, KS until 5pm today. We are on the Stage on the Lower Level. Come see our fun selection!
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11/04/2022

This beautiful bit of nature greeted me outside my shop this rainy morning. It’s as if the horseshoe was trying to catch the leaf love. Is it the beginning of a love story?
We are open today until 5:00 p.m.
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10/17/2022

We are back from Illinois and back to our regular hours at the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe!
My “model” My Size Barbie is telling my “sewing model” “My Size Barbie” what fun she had on the trip to Illinois and at the outdoor events that we did in Pekin, Morton, and Farmington. “Sewing model” Barbie is happy for her, but wondering when she will get something new to wear…
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10/13/2022

Barbie (and Betty) are glad to be home and give big Roger a big hug!
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10/13/2022

After a short stop at Casey’s in Chillicothe, Missouri, Barbie and I are ready to hit the road again.
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10/13/2022

This is Barbie (not Bobbie) getting ready to wave at the other motorists on the road. We’ve made it to Hannibal, Missouri where Betty got lunch at Huck’s, but Barbie didn’t have anything because she wanted to maintain her famous figure. I’m betting though that she’ll want to share my Peanut Butter Swirl cookie bar in a few miles!
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10/13/2022

Bobbie and I are packed and ready to go home after our six weeks in Illinois.
many thanks to my sister Deanna and her son Matt for hosting my stay.
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09/17/2022

Is it true that boy dolls prefer blondes?
I think Meredith is a little jealous because Logan is holding hands with Julie today.
B. Key Art - Doll Clothes is at the Morton Pumpkin Festival at Birchwood Park until 6 p.m. today (Saturday, Sep. 17)
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09/11/2022

Barbie and her friend, Tiffany Taylor (a vintage doll that is the same size as Super Size Barbie), are relaxing in a corner of our tent at the Marigold Festival. Yesterday Barbie was able to wear a cute strappy tank & capris set, but today she decided to wear her warm Christmas PJs. Poor Tiffany didn’t bring any cool weather clothes so she’s a little chilly, but Barbie said she’d help keep Tiffany warm.
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09/11/2022

I think Logan wants something from Meredith, but today, she is being her sweet self in a white eyelet dress by Deanna Chism of B. Key Art.
We are at the Marigold Festival in Pekin, IL with a selection of handmade doll clothes until 5 p.m. Did you notice that three of the dolls are ready for Halloween?
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09/08/2022

Barbie & Betty have arrived at their home away from home for the next 6 weeks!
Remember, the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe will be open Fridays and Saturdays only, while Betty is away.
Also, for doll lovers in Illinois - B. Key Art - Doll Clothes will have a big tent set up at the Marigold Festival in Pekin, IL starting at 9 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday.
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09/08/2022

We’re in Pittsfield Illinois now. Betty saw a thrift store and wanted to stop, but Barbie convinced her to keep on the road.
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09/08/2022

Barbie and Betty crossed the Mississippi river about 20 miles ago.
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09/08/2022

Barbie wasn’t hungry, but Betty was - so we made a stop at Kingdom City.
Come See the B. Key Art Doll Clothes at the Marigold Festival in Pekin, IL this weekend!
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09/08/2022

Barbie is all dressed up and ready to go. We are on our way to Morton Illinois to do craft shows with my sister, Deanna Chism.
Lorrie Iverson will open the Blue and Grey Book Shoppe while I’m gone on Fridays and Saturdays only.
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09/03/2022

During Santa-Cali-Gon, the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe will be OPEN TODAY by APPOINTMENT ONLY. Call for appointment.

Your Guide to Kansas City’s Locally Owned Bookshops - In Kansas City 08/10/2022

Your Guide to Kansas City’s Locally Owned Bookshops - In Kansas City

For those who love books, here’s a great list of local shops!

Your Guide to Kansas City’s Locally Owned Bookshops - In Kansas City While the month of August brings summer to a close—and along with it the close to vacation season—don’t fret. Local bookstores are open all year long, so even when you can’t physically travel the world, you can explore the world by page. Books give readers a free ticket to travel to any time...

08/05/2022

New to the shop: “Illinois in the Civil War” by Victor Hicken. This book tells the contributions of Illinois to the fighting forces of the nation from 1861 to 1865. It follows the Illinois soldier from the enlistment in a regiment to his return home.
Available in the physical shop or our online shop on Biblio (link is on the home page of the website in our profile).
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07/29/2022

Sorry, the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe is Closing Early Today, 7/29/22.
Back to Regular hours on Saturday.
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07/28/2022

For anyone who would like to learn more about Ulysses S. Grant - here are a couple used books that just arrived in the shop. They are also available in our Biblio shop - The link is on the homepage of the website in our profile.
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07/27/2022

New book in the shop: The Prairie Boys Go To War: the Fifth Illinois Cavalry, 1861-1865
This book “chronicles the service and actions of the Fifth Illinois Cavalry with an intimacy seldom woven into modern-day regimental histories.” The author, Rhonda Kohl, “examines the complex relationships among the officers and men… and traces the development of their cohesiveness as a unit and captures its identity.”
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07/23/2022

Pun for today!

07/05/2022

I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July celebration!
Here’s something a little quieter (taken with my iPhone).

07/02/2022

The dolls are ready for the 4th of July celebration!
AND - Patriotic T-Shirts are $5.00 TODAY (limited selection).
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06/24/2022

The Blue & Grey Book Shoppe is CLOSED today due to a death in the family. We will reopen on Saturday, June 25.
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06/01/2022

Found these in my yard this morning - sadly, even though they look like wild strawberries - they are NOT! After some research, I learned that they are called mock strawberry, false strawberry, snake berry, and Indian berry. The berries are edible, but don’t have much taste. The plant is used as a medicinal herb, since it contains protein, iron, vitamin C, and other healthy elements.
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05/18/2022

Sorry, our physical store is closed today. BUT, you can check out the vintage and antique books that are being added to our online Biblio store every day. Here’s one “for young men on the threshold of physical maturity”.
(A link to our Biblio shop is on the website in our profile.)
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05/14/2022

This sweet girl is ready for summer!
Lots of doll clothes options in the Blue & Grey Book Shop and in our bkeyart Etsy shop online.
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LI Lavender/white Gingham Sundress W/white Collar 14.5 Inch | Etsy 05/14/2022

LI Lavender/white Gingham Sundress W/white Collar 14.5 Inch | Etsy

Oh my gosh! Lorrie's latest item for Wellie Wisher or Ruby Red Fashion Friend dolls is so cute!

LI Lavender/white Gingham Sundress W/white Collar 14.5 Inch | Etsy This listing is for a LI Lavender/White Gingham Sundress w/White Collar - 14.5 Inch Doll Clothes fits Wellie Wisher & Glitter Girls. Made by Lorrie Iverson of B. Key Art. Get your doll ready for summer with this pretty dress. This sundress is made from a poly-cotton blend fabric with a lavender

05/11/2022

We have a few antique/vintage novels at the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe. Here’s one from 1948 - Asylum for the Queen. It’s a story of conflicting loyalties based on a mysterious episode of French-American history. It is set during the French Revolution; a group of loyal aristocrats plan to rescue Marie Antoinette, Louis XVI, and the dauphin, their son, and bring them to a Pennsylvania colony named Asylum “- until they can return to France in triumph.”
The book is available in both in our Biblio online store and in our brick & mortar shop.
(See website in profile.)
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LI Blue/white Shortalls W/white Tee 18 Inch Doll Clothes | Etsy 05/11/2022

LI Blue/white Shortalls W/white Tee 18 Inch Doll Clothes | Etsy

Here's a new, cool, outfit from Lorrie Iverson, that is not in the shop yet - but soon will be!

LI Blue/white Shortalls W/white Tee 18 Inch Doll Clothes | Etsy This listing is for a LI Blue/White Shortalls w/White Tee - 18 Inch Doll Clothes fits American Girl. Made by Lorrie Iverson of B. Key Art. Spring is here and its time to get outside and play in this fun shortalls outfit. This outfit is made from a blue and white geometric design cotton-spandex

04/30/2022

New in the shop - some Kansas City, Missouri vintage (or antique) booklets. Some are on auction in our eBay shop and some are for sale in the brick and mortar shop. (A link to our website is in the profile.)
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04/19/2022

This time, we have a complete, 9-volume hard bound set of “The Civil War, A Narrative” - now in the brick & mortar shop and in our eBay shop.
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I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July celebration!Here’s something a little quieter (taken with my iPhone).#indepe...
So windy today!It’s warm and cozy inside the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe - shop until 5:30 p.m. today. ..#independencemo #in...
Sorry - the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe will be CLOSED TODAY. Just for fun here’s a video that I took last Friday when it wa...
Thinking of Mother’s Day.....#independencemosquare #bookstoreonthesquare #booksandart #handmade #handmadejewelry #handma...
Due to the winter weather advisory, the Blue & Grey Book Shoppe will be closed today! Stay Safe!..#independencemo #indep...
The Blue & Grey Book Shoppe will be CLOSED TODAY. We’ll reopen next Wednesday, January 6. Happy Snow Day!..#independence...
Sunday Morning Sunshine!Saw this after I poured my first cup of coffee and captured it for all to enjoy!..#sundaymorning...

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106 E. Walnut Street
Independence, MO
64050

Opening Hours

Wednesday 12pm - 6pm
Thursday 11am - 6pm
Friday 11am - 6pm

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