To fill the bookshelves up (sorry for the old photo – the ugly ceiling fan is no longer!), we have been buying vintage and antique books. Clearly we will need a lot of ’em! Boom and I have recently gotten into a rhythm of going to thrift stores on Saturday morning. I really never thought I’d see the day when Boom and I would “thrifting” together, but it has been fun! and I think he has kinda gotten into it. I know going to thrift stores is not his favorite thing to do, but since we have also been antiquing, he is used to seeing old things in sometimes messy places.
And he is pretty good at it – he spied this find last Saturday:
And then Sunday we went by Half-Price Books (which is an amazing book store – books are cheap, and there are tons of them!) where we got this:
19 (we are missing a few) Mark Twains from the 1900s – really pretty as well. These guys were around $80. Still not too bad, as the books S and I were buying before this were about $10 a piece. So anything less than that is a good deal to me. And we were buying books based soley on their spine and how they looked – now Boom says he would prefer to buy books that we might actually read (a lot of the books S and I got were also not in English).
We thought these were hilarious – “The Handbook of TEXAS” – from 1952. These were $10 a piece, but just too funny to pass up. And also a very pretty blue. Books look so much better with their dust jackets off!
Half Price Books also has a thing where you can get “Books by the Yard” – so a box of hardback books for $17.50! We may need to start doing that, but I really like the older books. We’ll get there, one Saturday at a time!