Thursday, March 10, 2011

Old Books and Magazines

Several people have asked me where I find my stuff.    One thing is for sure.....I don't shop at the  antique shops.   I find my items at thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets, etc.   I buy for cheap or I don't buy it.   And sometimes, even at the thrift shops, I walk away from some really good old stuff because the price is so high.    I am thinking of one particular thrift shop recently that must have found out that there is a real market out there for these things and are pricing their items really high now.......what a bummer.   LOL 

You know, I am my father's child through and through.   He was such a great shopper of the things he loved at those places I just named above and, trust me, he got it for the lowest price possible.   It is my duty to follow in his footsteps.   Now I know why he enjoyed it so much.    When he passed away, he had twenty of every tool known to man.  

I occasionally shop on Ebay but I don't find real bargains there much anymore.......just occasionally and it is usually for big lots of a particular item.     I recently started checking Etsy out but not really to find bargains but to find unusual items or items I think I need for a particular project.   And I love it when people tell me about a particular seller who is selling neat items. 

Here are some books that really struck my fancy and I found for cheap........   I love the old, yellowed, tattered and torn ones a lot. I definitely won't use the Betsy Ross Flag one but probably the others for ephemera.   And I have some old National Geographic magazines that are great for ephemera or my Remains of the Day journals.   These date from the 30's to the early 60's.  

Now this is one book that is up for debate as far as using it in my artwork.   I about had the "Big One" when I saw it at a thrift store.    It is 770 pages of 1880's Sears, Roebuck and Co. catalog goodness.

Here are just a couple pages from it.

Have a great day everyone.

1 comment:

  1. Oooo, that Sears catalog is a TREASURE! I would be hard put to tear that one up! All of these are great finds, Nancy.


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