Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Can $19.99 make YOU happy?

It sure made me happy today!


We are still waiting to have shelves built in our library area so my hubby had the idea that he would put together some cheap shelves so that I could unpack some of my books!


I knew just which ones I would start with....


some of my old books that I’ve collected over the years....


Poetry books, Shakespeare, Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe...


it was amazing just opening boxes to see what was inside!


I didn’t have room to put Jane Austen and some of my other favorite vintage books...


but I am happy to have these out to enjoy!


This only emptied 3 boxes....we have about 50 more!

 But most of the rest are not antique books.


So I’m a happy blogger this afternoon!


I hope you’ve enjoyed your day as much as I have!


And finally a spot to put my Grandmother’s old lamp!

I still need a better shade...wonder if I can find one for $19.99?


I’m joining Kim at Savvy Southern for WUW !!!

I think it’s WOW when you can be THIS happy

with less than twenty dollars! Thanks Hubby!  heart



Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

What wonderful old books...I would love to look through the Peter Rabbit book!!!

Vee said...

Your bookcase is looking so wonderfully vintage with your sweet books and treasures. Yes, sometimes 19.99 can make me happy; sometimes .99 can make me happy.

Blondie's Journal said...

What a great collection of books you have...some of my favorites!


Shellbelle said...

Sweet! I hope I'm not repeating myself, but when I gave away 90% of my books to the Salvation Army last year, I kept my vintage one. Not nearly as impressive as your collection, but near and dear. I love perusing old bookstores, brushing aside the dust and seeing what's underneath.

Now I do most of my collecting online where I've found the most fascinating items in digital format. Those that are long out of print, but some kind person has scanned them to share with others. I can spend hours and hours looking through them. I should do a post on that one day! Thanks for sparking the idea! I'm happy and it didn't even cost me $19.99!

How perfect to have your grandmother's lamp to go with your vintage books.

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Betty said...

I just bought a vintage bookcase at an estate sale for 30.00. I've already filled it too!! The vintage books were the first to be unpacked. I just love the bindings and the old paper!

Debbiedoos said...

Yes a double wow! I would love to have all those books too. What a cute travel clock, I have a blue one I bought for 3.00 at a garage sale.

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Diane...

How very sweet of your hubby...to put together the book shelves so that you could begin to unpack your books! My friend, you have a fabulous collection of olden books...they are sooo beautiful! Why don't they make pretty book covers any more? The way they used to print and emboss these old books is simply fabulous!!! I love your "Wonderful Stories of Jesus" book! The cover alone is a piece of art! Ohhh my...you really do have a fabulous collection, dear friend! I could just "dig in" and be sooo very happy for months! Hehe! I also enjoyed seeing your Grandmother's beautiful lamp...sooo very pretty! Thanks for sharing your lovely olden books collection with us! What a treat!!!

Warmest spring wishes,

Brenda Pruitt said...

Oh, I have to be able to see my books! They're like old friends.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

You have some wonderful old books!

Donnie said...

That is a lot of books and I'm sure you are loving looking at them now.

Anonymous said...

Hi there!
I have a few old books myself. I love how you have put other things to display along side your books. I do that as well....little momentos...keepsakes. It is like Christmas opening boxes sometimes! Have a great day and enjoy your vintage books! The bookcase looks great! xoxo Kim

Lynette Kenyon said...

Very pretty! I've always wanted to start doing this kind of collection. I just need to start it!

Vintage Gal said...

I am so glad that you now have some of your old friends out of their boxes and in the open where you can enjoy them ;-)

Rebecca said...

Your beautiful books make my heart beat FAST! I can imagine your pleasure! I like the accessories scattered among the books, too!

GardenOfDaisies said...

I really like your Grandmothers old lamp! And the Peter Rabbit book!!!

Unknown said...

Oh, I wish I was there, you look like you have quite the collection. OMG and that Peter Rabbit looks amazing! As you know I love and collect Antique books also. I just love them. Oh, you must have had quite the afternoon browsing through all those old friends.

Ricki Treleaven said...

I would love so much to peruse your book shelf. Do you have any first editions?

nancy huggins said...

I love old books also..they just add some sort of charm to a room. I wish I had more room to put more bookcases in my house.
My newest adventure is printing (painting) my own fabric...it has become and addiction. I posted some in both of my blogs so hop on over when you have a few min and let me know what you think of them:)

Anne said...

Your books are beautiful! and they look even more wonderful sitting together like that. Glad you had a fun day!

suziqu's thread works said...

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Unknown said...

How lovely! I too, have a collection of antique books! They basically fill up my room! These are the most beautiful decorations, I congratulate on the collection! I especially liked the book with the cross.


Karen thisoldhouse2.com said...

I love that vintage edition of Peter Rabbit!

Diane Writes said...

Diane!!!! I love your collection of vintage books! If I may suggest please take more pictures of each and blog about them. The classic copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit is a valuable piece. You are so great for having been able to preserve them.

Freckled Hen said...

I love it! Find me a sunny spot and I could sit and read through your old books all day!

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you for visiting I am now a follower of you and your site!!
The header is beautiful and a walk on it would make me happy :)

Love your great buy and it looks great on the book case for now!
The books are perfect they complete a home, perfect history!

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JG said...

I'm sure there is a $19.99 lamp shade just waiting, Diane. :) That is such a pretty lamp.

RURAL said...

That's perfect, and there is nothing like feeling settled to make you happy.

You do have a great collection of books, just imagine what pleasure they have given over the decades.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

joyh82 said...

Love your wonderful book display and collection. Enjoy reading!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Wow what a great collection of older books! How sweet of your husband to put together those shelves so that you could display some of the books. So glad you have had such a Blessed day!!

Kathy said...

So wonderful! Love old books - you've got an amazing collection.
So glad you had a great day!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, Diane, I love the books--they are wonderful...and the keys and clock look fabulous!!!
I'm glad you had a happy day!!!

Pamela said...

Wow what a fantastic selection of vintage books!!! Gorgeous!
I just love old books!

Unknown said...

What a great display of books! Love your collection. So glad I came across your blog. Will be sure to visit again.
Have a great day,
Janet Bernasconi
Janets Creative Pillows

Sherry said...

I am also a fan of old books. Your bookcase looks great with all of your special books and the display with your extra touches make it even better. I am sure if you keep looking you'll find just the right lampshade for just the right price.