Friday, February 28, 2014

Thrift finds and Good Books

I didn’t shop at any thrift store for 2 months. (since before Christmas) I got a little burned out and needed a break. It was nice to save some money and also not to bring more things into my house that I didn’t have room for. lol

But when I finally went a few days ago I found 3  things that I ‘couldn’t live without’!


My favorite find, a box covered in shells ($1).


It’s an old wooden cigar box!



The two books were only 50 cents each.


I have all of the Jane Austen books but this was a prettier copy than the one I had. It’s RED!


And here’s my stack of books from the library this week.


I don’t read every book that I check out from the library. That’s the fun of having a library close by. I can pick up what ‘looks’ good and see how I like them once I’ve read a few pages. I actually read at least 50 pages before I determine if I like it. And sometimes I’m just not in the mood for a certain story. 

I read this book last night but decided not to continue. Too sad. I can’t read a sad sad story right now.


I may try this one next. I’m in the mood for a Western.


And if you love a beautifully written Southern story about a precious little girl named Starla, read this book! I gave it my highest rating! I wanted to adopt her by the end of the book!


I’m joining Ricki Jill for Literary Friday.

And the Friday 56 HERE .

Friday 56

*Grab a book, any book.*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader

*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.

My quote is from Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall, page 56..

"He smiled so handsome and handed me a bag of popcorn. She smiled in a remembering way. I was so nervous I couldn't even eat it. Took it home and ate a few pieces every day for a whole week.

I decided I would never, ever eat popcorn again.”

Are you reading something good this week?


Diane said...

Love that box-- looks old too. Hey, I have the exact same Bronte book in my Etsy shop! How weird!

ann said...

I stopped by Ark this week. Do you have Ark? I found a couple of things but left them on the shelf. Then wished whenimhad gotten home that I bought them. Do you do that?

Montanagirl said...

You sure find some cool treasures to add to your collection! I've heard about the book "Whistling Past the Graveyard", but have not read it

Musings from Kim K. said...

I always look forward to your book recommendations. Our thrift stores and estate sales have been slim since winter. Love your shell covered box. I'm so ready to think of warmer temperatures. When the girls left for school this morning it was -15 degrees. Crazy cold!

Linda said...

Love that quote about popcorn. I can just imagine what it would taste like after a week! Not knowing the book, that popcorn could be representing some very treasured memory. Especially when the person would never, ever eat popcorn again. Have a great weekend.Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Cranberry Morning said...

The Friday 56 is such a great idea! What a fun meme. :-) I'm trying not to covet your book finds. What size are those books? I have a collection of little books that I'll have to post about some day. They were published around 1900 and are so fun! I have Emma and Cranford in that wee format. I think it's called 16vo. ANYway, Diane, so fun to read your post and to know another book lover. I'm reading a few things, among them 'To Marry an English Lord' and 'After you Believe' and 'Greenmantle.'

Jill said...

You probably didn't miss much by not going to the thrifts for two months, there just seems to be nothing there. I hadn't been in a couple of weeks - I guess we are more selective after we have so much in our homes but sometimes we just have to buy a treasure that we NEED!!

Your shell box fits in perfectly!!

jody said...

Love tour thrift finds! I personaly cant wait for the garage sales to start up here! Books are always a plus! Enjoy your weather and your day!!

NanaDiana said...

What a fun little cigar box! Love it!
Diane-Have you read A Thousand Splendid Suns (same person that wrote Kite Runner). I am about 1/2 through it and it is one of the better books I have read in a long time. Don't want to put it down (it is my "car" book)-lol.

Have a wonderful Friday. I have only been thrifting once since before Christmas. I really need to stop and purge here first. xo Diana

Unknown said...

Wow those are some great finds. Those books are gorgeous! I too am a 50 page girl. I used to not be able to put down a book once I started it but I am getting better. I have two right now that I have read over 100 pages in but I have decided that I am done with them. Looking forward to your reviews.


It's Just Dottie said...

That box looks perfect for you... I am reading And The Band Played On..
( it's a true story about the Titanic violinist and the glovemaker) by Christopher Ward.
Smiles, Dottie

peggy said...

I have had Whistling Past the Graveyard on my list for awhile. I will move it up since you reminded me. I am reading The goldfinch now. I have a nearby library also and bring home plenty in case one doesn't work out. Also I can buy hard-covers there for 50 cents, which I think is awesome.

Susie said...

Love the box, and it is perfect with your other boxes. I love the books. I use books in my décor. Hope you are enjoying good weather ...thanks for trying to send me some of it. xoxo,Susie

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

I love the nice copy of Wuthering Heights. I love to buy used books.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The shell covered box is so cool and perfect in your home. Books are always a great find and these colors are pretty also. I've got that book Whistling Past The Graveyard on my TBR list.

Hope you have a fabulous Friday Sis!


must love junk said...

That quote is so sweet! Don't you just love finding something special at a thrift store? :)

Linda H said...

I'm re-reading a fav from many years ago. I think I was in my late teens. Christy by Catherine Marshall. Have you read it? It's the story of 19 yr old Christy Huddleston who goes to teach school in the small mountain community of Cutter Gap in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. It's quite a story. Loved it way back when and loving it just as much now.

Suzan said...

Great shell box find!!

Unknown said...

thanks bunches for the book titles to check into! I love reading many different types of books. My book club is reading
"Last Letter from Your Lover" (JoJo Moyes) It is very interesting so far.

Vee said...

Yes, I always read good blogs. Books? Still chugging slowly through my winter book and I do mean slowly. It's cheap therapy to visit the flea markets as John always says. ☺

(I can't read sad right now either. I've got enough "sad" going on.)

helen tilston said...

Hello Diane
You deserved a shopping trip to the Thrift Shop. What a marvelous find in that shell box

Enjoy your read and have a glorious sun filled weekend. We are so fortunate to have such perfect weather.
Helen xx

LBP said...

Good finds! I haven't bought but a couple of small things since Christmas. The estate sale I went to today was ridiculously priced! Came home with nothing. I have Whistling Past the Graveyard of my library list thanks to you! I'm headed there after work!


Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

What a pretty find that shell box was.
I'm like you with getting books, will get a big pile and sort through them.
Enjoy the weekend.

Elizabeth said...

A lovely box! I have found that I can blog and comment on my tablet, so glad! I have missed chatting with you!

Christine said...

Wow! Those thrift store books were a terrific bargain!
I just finished reading a historical romance which was ok.

Julie's Lifestyle said...

Hello and I love all of your finds and just stopping by to say hi and see how you are, it's been a while. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Chablis found an estate sale for us to go to today - it felt good to be digging around in someone else's junk. LOL. I found some really cool old boy scout patches and a boy scout snoopy pin. Score!!

I'm reading "Lone Survivor."

kathyinozarks said...

I haven't been to one of my favorite resale shops since last autumn-the winter here has been too cold-but I am needing to go again-I love all the treasures we can find-and can't live without. I am also out of a good book to read at the moment too-Happy weekend!

Curtains in My Tree said...

get finds and I just said to myself this morning I need a new book to read so will check out the one you really liked

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Diane
We're on the way home and I didn't get to a thrift shop while in Florida which I wanted to do. The decorated cigar box you found will be hand for trinkets.
As for reading, it's pretty much just my ereader and I went through 4 books during the month.

RURAL said...

Diane, the thrift shops must have been noticing the lack of

You did well.


Brenda Pruitt said...

I'm going to have to look into getting that book.

cynthia lee designs said...

How fun to find the box at the thrift store. I love to read, but have been busy doing other stuff. Hope you have a great weekend...we have another winter storm coming in on Sunday.

Kathy said...

I love the page 56 snippets!

camp and cottage living said...

Thanks for the reading tips!
I haven't read a good book in a long while.
I like that sea shell box-very Florida!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I love the shell box. And the red book - what a delightful find. I enjoyed the Friday 56 - going to give it a try.

Ricki Treleaven said...

The red Pride and Prejudice is so lovely. :D Lots of great reads here.

Thanks so much for linking-up to Literary Friday! We've been in New Orleans since Friday @ Mardi Gras. Happy to be home!