Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Old Books - Thrifty Life Thursday and Features from Last Week!

Last weekend, Hannah and I went to a few pretty nice garage sales in Oklahoma City. The last one we went to had leftovers from an estate sale of people in their 90's. 

Old books always attract my attention, and these were 3 for a dollar. Sometimes, when the covers are in bad shape, I remove them and use the books in a deconstructed way.

Most of my deconstructed books are Reader's Digest books, not terribly old. I love finding the really old ones that are bound in sections.

I'm having a hard time with these, though - for one thing - the subject matter is really good. One is an anatomy book with wonderful illustrations! Another is a history of the 1800s year by year. They probably will NOT be ripped up and deconstructed. 

I also found ironstone and silver plate for cheap prices there...but that's another post.

This week, we have some lovely, clever, charming features again. I have NEVER struggled to find enough good stuff to feature - quite the opposite. We may not have quantity, but we have quality here...thank you for that.

Susan from Must Love Junk shared a "cubby thing" in a lovely aqua color...she has a black belt in creating vignettes, and this one is no exception.

Patti from Ivy and Elephants charmed us with a fork and spoon, and there was no food involved. I had a hard time choosing which I liked better...maybe this one.

Roxie from Sweet Vintage of Mine shared the most charming potting sink in the world! Stop by to see what clever thing she did for the skirt...


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This is a gathering for people who enjoy hunting for treasures 
that may have previous experience or lived a former life elsewhere. 

Please share items that are second-hand or are composed of second-hand materials.

Types of Posts to Share:
    • Home decor, furniture, collectibles, garden items and even wearables are welcome, as long as they have a second-hand element.
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    • Hand-me-downs and curbside finds are welcome, as are items found in thrift stores, garage sales, antique shops, flea markets and other interesting places.
    • Treasures may be listed as you found them, or with your updates, tweaks, and re-purposes; befores and afters are both welcome.
    • Items need not be "vintage" but must be pre-owned or second hand.
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      Word for the Day:
      Hebrews 10:24-25
       And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 
      25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, 
      but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.


      sweetvintageofmine said...

      Old, vintage books are the best! Love the hardbacks with the sweet names and beautiful colors...they are great to collect or to re-cycle into something fabulous! Yours are wonderful! Thanks for featuring my cast iron potting was FUN! Blessings~~~Roxie

      Audrey said...

      Beautiful old books Revi ... Love your features ... I know it is hard to choose, but you do a good job of it.
      Thank for hosting a fun party. Lots of interesting blogs and I usually can get around to visiting all of them. Love that.
      Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.

      Blondie's Journal said...

      Hi!! I am so new to your blog but I loved hearing about your estate sale adventures! My mom had shelves filled with Reader's Digest books. Funny, when I would pick one up I would become totally absorbed in a story. I think most of them had 3 or so stories in each. Wish I had those but I'd probably spend a lot more time reading then decorating with them. Ha!

      Hope to join your party sometime. I just love Susan at Must Love Junk! :)

      Jane xx

      Donna Wilkes said...

      Great group of vintage books. I really love Hannah's house - beautifully decorated - so warm and inviting. Thanks for hosting.

      Anonymous said...

      Hello, I am a new follower and this is my first time linking up. Thank you for hosting the party! I love your deconstructed books they look so pretty. I have yet to try that but you make it look so tempting!

      Gigi @ Old World Patina

      Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

      Beautiful old book and wonderful features...that sink! Thanks for hosting!

      Woodside Park said...

      I have a major crush on old books! They are so soulful!! Great finds, Revi! I want to hang out with you and Hannah :)

      My thrift store addiction said...

      Hi Revi, I LOVE decorating with Vintage books! Great features this week--thanks for hosting! Blessings, Cecilia

      Ivy and Elephants said...

      Those deconstructed books look so good! I going to have to use them in a vignette or two! You always inspire. (I'm still looking for those cute little dice you showed! LOL)
      Thanks so much for featuring my fork and spoon, I'm still playing around with them and have painted the center cartouche black with the letters "S" and "F" in the center in white.
      Thanks for being the hostess with the mostest!

      Janice Kay Schaub said...

      I love that green cubby thingie. Boy, I wish I could get my husband to build something like would be great in the entrance for shoes and things. I wonder.........

      Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

      Great old books and features, too!

      Deanies Stash said...

      Love the old books! Thanks for the party!

      Hugs, Dianne