thrift-store find: a few classics

when i share my thrift-store finds here, it’s more about the treasure than the price. i’ve floated around the web and taken a peek at some thrift-hunting blogs. i don’t know where people find such good deals. “picasso’s paintbrush, authenticated by his teeth mark on the wood and cross-referenced to his dental records … 10 cents!”. wha? kudos to you all.

for me, it’s more about finding something that’s a little different and unique, something you can’t find at the average store. it’s about the hunt, finding an item that clicks with your personality and your needs. and speaking of needs, i try to be so careful about how much stuff i bring into my home. i generally have a “one in, one out” rule. space is at a premium here, and visual clutter makes me antsy. i also think in my mind, as i’m pondering whether i really want an item or not, “will i enjoy lifting and dusting this?”… that right there usually makes me put it back immediately. it has to be really special to be dust-worthy. and it has to bring some sort of function. and yes, looking pretty and making me smile when i look at it IS a function in my books.

speaking of books. the one area where i throw out all my self-imposed rules about bringing things into the home is books. i love books. i love reading. i love the feel of a book’s weight in my hands. i love the smell of the paper as i open a book for the first time. i love how books can teach and inspire and make us grow and stay young all at the same time. they’re deliciously portable, too, much like an apple. place it into your bag and devour at will. they also ground a home, and make a house a home. they tell you so much about the person who lives there. take a look through a person’s bookshelf and you undoubtedly will learn a thing or two about that person.

i found these books the other day.

aren’t they lovely? i think every home should have the luxury of a collection of classic children’s novels. there is a reason why these novels have endured over time, but explaining my thinking on that will take a whole other post. for now, let’s just look at how pretty these books are.

the covers are fantastic.

and the inside of each book is lined with these great prints.

doesn’t it make you want to pick it up and get lost in an adventure for a few hours?

the books were in fairly good condition. they have been well-read, but they cleaned up nicely. i just use some rubbing alcohol on a cottonball, gently swabbed all over to remove the surface grime; i have no idea if this is the method suggested by antique book collectors. i doubt it actually, but it works for me.

the pages are in excellent condition and the spines on a few of them are barely cracked. published MCMLIV … 1954, except for the heart of a dog, published 1971. the illustrations are typical of this era.

ahh, i’m in love with these and i can’t wait to read them. i may even share them with the kids ;-)

i shared this post on southern hospitality blog and apron thrift girl. you can share your thrifty finds there each monday.


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11 Responses to thrift-store find: a few classics

  1. ZebraBelly says:

    I am pretty sure I had some of those. Those covers look SO familliar.

    And have you ever READ classic literature? Cause sometimes it’s way over-hyped. I think someone high probably recommended the books originally and then everyone just said, “Yeah! It was great!” so they didn’t look ignorant. I read 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea a few years ago and once you get past the part about the giant glowing narwhal, you realize that it’s at least 75% cataloging of fish and how to prepare them and only about 25% “adventure” (yes I used those quotes correctly).

    • imadeitso says:

      are you kidding? that’s the majority of what i have read and what i love reading most. i guess the language and style may take some getting used to when most of what you read is contemporary literature. but to me, the language and style is what makes it even more interesting. it’s not only the story itself, but the history of language right within your hands. as for 20000 leagues… i haven’t read that one. however, when you describe it like that, i think i might. ichthyology is an adventure in itself! ;-)

  2. ANgie says:

    I found a fairy tale collection with that same style cover at our local Goodwill book store.

  3. Laura says:

    That’s a great find! Over the years we’ve found a lot of those Junior Deluxe Editions. When I was growing up my neighbors had a bunch of them and one of my happiest memories is of when I was sick for a week with the mumps and had to stay in bed. My neighbors brought over an armload of those classics and I read them and loved them.

    My children have loved reading the ones we have.

  4. Nancy S says:

    I feel much the same way you do about thrifting – I mostly look for unusual items and, since I don’t resell, I’m not looking for what’s valuable or trendy to the general public. I have a strict internal criteria for buying things; is there a place for it? Can I use it in my artwork? Is it something I will use on a regular basis? If not, back on the table or hanger it goes.

    But the books. A pretty cover, weighty pages, beautiful illustrations, an intriguing story and all sense goes right out the window. Do I have a place for it? No. Can I use it in my artwork? Never! Will I ever read it? 50-50. Do I buy it? Heck yes! There is no way on earth I would have left “The Heart of a Dog” behind. Enjoy all your lovely books!

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