Thursday, August 25, 2011

How can BOOKS be this exciting?

My favorite find at a Thrift store are old children’s books or readers! I found these two books at Goodwill for $1.50 each! SWOON!!!


I love the books I grew up with in the ‘50s and ‘60s but this Elson reader was a GREAT find! Printed in 1920 (a little before my time! lol) for the Sixth Grade. I think they could use it for a high school textbook now! It is quite advanced for what we consider the 6th grade level of reading now!

And how about this sweet Health book!


Little girls loved to draw pretty ladies even back then! I don’t think that takes away from the book at all….


it makes my imagination go to the little girl that used this book and drew pictures during class!


There are several poems and stories on the founding of America which fits in nicely with the book I’m reading! It was printed in 1920 as well.


Thanks to my friend ‘Freckled Hen’ for a wonderful book recommendation! Oliver Wiswell by Kenneth Roberts has over 800 pages but I can not put it down! (this is a library book)DSCN6509

I tucked my ‘new’ books into a new bookcase!

 But I’ll show you more of that in another post!


I’m joining Vintage Thingie Thursday

and Time Travel Thursday

and Thrifty Thursday

AND Thrifty Things Friday!

I’m even linking with Nifty Thrifty Tuesday!

Have you found anything special lately to add to one of your collections?


I’m off to get my hair cut! I wonder if she can cut it longer! heehee!


Beth said...

I love books!! Growing up in a poor family with 7 siblings my happiest times were spent in the library, You found some wonderful books; what a treasure. I love going to the Goodwill store and just looking through the hundreds of books they have on display.
Enjoy your find!

bj said...

It makes you wonder who in the world had these books and why they sent them off to the thrift shop.
I love old books, too.

colleens craft shed said...

I love old books too!! Even my 11 year old daughter loves them!

Vee said...

Great old texts and that book you're reading looks intriguing.

Why are you getting a haircut if you want it longer? ☺

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Diane,

Love your beautiful old books and for such a bargain. How sweet the little drawings are too.

Happy Thursday

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Love your finds! I love to find old books like these, too. I found an old reader at Goodwill once and snatched it up. I don't remember it from when I was in school {I think it might be a little older than what I used}, but it's got some really sweet little stories.

Anonymous said...

how cool is this,, just imagining the little girl who owned the one book is such fun,, great finds!

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I know how you love children's books and I'm so glad you found two more to add to your collection. The extra "illustrations" are just precious. I wonder if the little girl that drew them wanted to be a fashion designer!!!

Mary said...

I love books too! I'm not into those new ebook devices. I like the feeling of holding an actual book and flipping those pages. Looks like you found some great stuff.

C. Joy said...

Love the old books, especially the added artwork. Thanks for sharing.

jeanne said...

Hi Diane, Gosh I have not visited you for an age. In fact I haven't visited this summer much at all. I'm back and happy to have some time on my computer.
I think books ARE exciting. I love what you found and the drawing of the little girls is precious. I can spend hours in the book section in the thrift stores. The vintage ones especially.

Happy days to you and yours.
Hugs, Jeanne

Kim K. said...

I can completely relate to your passion. I just picked up a music book used for Kindergarten & 1st grade from the 1940s. It's going to be part of my new blog header for September. I'm loving your latest finds.

Stacey said...

I'm right there with ya! Love old books. The illustrations are so sweet and the language too.

Kasia said...

Hello! I love the books! I found some as well and they are amazing! I think a post is in order ;)


Ann said...

I'm with you. . . nothing quite like the old readers. Fun reading, great graphics and, yes, sometimes even some cool original art. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

For the past year or so I've become very attracted to old children's books and I've picked up a few in thrift shops. Why the heck would I want them? I'm 70 years young and I can buy what I want!

quiltingnana said...

great finds...I love to look at old texts like that

Della said...

It's fun to come across books you are familiar with! You must have been giddy with delight!

GARAGE SALE GAL ~ Deb's Earthly Delights said...

Love old books!
I see some fall decor! I think I better start digging in my totes for mine! I'm ready for a LONG fall!
deb :)

Cindy said...

Good price for those great old books! Sometimes I buy old ones for crafting, if they are in bad shape. If they are intact I keep them safe. What treasures!

Diane Writes said...

Hello name mate! I love old books too. The drawings in the first pages of the book for me marks more vintage authenticity to the book. It adds more story and meaning to the book. Btw, if its not too much to ask, please drop by my blog. I have a simple appreciation post which I hope you could read. Thanks :)

BECKY said...

I agree with everyone. I LOVE books, and old ones are so special. I'm like you, too, that I wonder about the people who've owned them long ago...and how marvelous to have the drawings in them! Very sweet!

simpledaisy said...

What fabulous finds!!! I love the sweet little drawings inside! So cute:)

Happy@Home said...

The old children's books are one of my favorite things to look for at the thrift shops. You found some really cute ones. I read the page about the child's day... soo sweet. Sigh.
I agree with you that the little girl's drawings in the front of the book almost add to the charm.

Jordan@the2seasons said...

I never think to look for books at a thrift store. That is a great idea and a neat history to fill shelves in a house.

LibbiesHome said...

I have a little collection of old books, too. Don't know what it is that ddraws me to them, but I really do enjoy them. Even the musty dusty-ness of them... :)

Rebekka Seale said...

Awww....the pictures drawn in it are so precious!

KAT said...

those old books are treasures...very cool

Becky~ said...

Hi Diane! I hope your safe I know your in the Carolinas somewhere lol.Im on the east coast as well.Take care!

Kathe said...

I love the smell and feel of old books. To bad future generations will not know that joy (well maybe they will see books in a museum?). Wonderful finds at a great price. Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! Please be safe this weekend.

It's Just Dottie said...

I know just how you feel about old and wonderful books. They can make my heart sing and have been known to make me shout with joy!!!
They are a sweet pleasure.

Joy said...

Well did she cut it longer...hehehe? Well you know how I love books, these are great, drawings and all. Have a great weekend.

Terra said...

We love books at our house too, and I like your finds, especially the poem I can read part of "One Country". Patriotic and religious from what I could read in the photo here.
I've been looking for "Wolf Hall" used and found it, a novel about Cromwell in Henry VIII's time. I do love me a bargain in book prices.

Diann said...

Oh Diane, I think these are great finds! I love when I find old books that have something of the original owner in it! I will buy those over old books with no old writing in them. Thank you for joining TTF and I hope you are having a great week! Oh, BTW, I will be featuring this post in this week's TTF party!