Of the many things that I collect, vintage books are some of my favorite. I prefer books made before the 1920's or 1930's and the more worn, torn, tattered, and loved the better! One of the things that draws me to old books is the idea that they have been handled and loved by people for years. I especially enjoy when they have handwritten messages or notes in them.
On this particular trip we all went to a thrift store called The Teen Challenge. It is actually a church based initiative that helps teens on the wrong path through drug addiction and gives them a place to work and a way to get back on their feet. It's a great little thrift store.
This time I found four books! Which is more than usual, as most of the time people hike up the price of books just because they're old. For example, St. Vinnies charges at least $7 for books that old and sometimes more - it's worth it sometimes but I'm much more selective at that price. These books were all $2.00 originally and I got them for $1.00 a piece in the end (what a steal! )
| Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde |- 1947 -
The first one I found actually didn't meet the criteria I usually abide by. This is a 1947 version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. I was first attracted to it by the man in the overcoat and a tophat on the spine and once I held it I couldn't resist. Judging from the language and content I think this book was probably intended for a young adult audience. It's a fairly easy read but I think the content is probably too mature to be a children's book. This book also has a story in it called The Suicide Club, which I've never heard of and sounds pretty morbid from the title, and The Rajah's Diamond but I was really in it for Dr. Jeckle & Mr. Hyde.
| Modern Poetry |
- 1926 -
I believe the next book I found was this Modern Poetry book published in 1926 - which I found both endearing and hilariously ironic. This book has a mixture of estranged poems from poets I've never heard of and incredibly famous poems like America The Beautiful. The cover and spine have quite a bit of wear and give this one an especially loved look.
| Among the Farmyard People |- 1899 -
| Memoirs of Two Young Brides |- 1902 -
I love the spine of this book, it's so nice. Also, it's called "Memoirs of Two Young Brides" which is adorable. This one was printed in 1902 I am definitely looking forward to browsing through it and seeing into the the wife life at the turn of the 20th century.
| The Suitcases |
These little guys are so cute! They're both in pretty good condition minus a small stain on the larger one that sort of looks like rust. The larger one I am hoping to make a 'end table' out of for my makeup/craft room, you know those ones you see on Pinterest? I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the smaller one yet... It might just sit on top of the larger one once it's a table. I also might use it occasionally, since it's pretty dang cute. Anyway there will definitely be future posts about these babies.
What are some of your favorite things to hunt for at thrift/antique stores? I'm always looking for fun stuff to hunt for.
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