Although I don't post about my thrifting much these days, I'm out there all the time, scouring the best spots for all the fun stuff we look for: sewing and crafting goodies for me, clothes, toys and books for Brynne, and vintage synthesizers and odd electronics for Jerry. I rarely come away without anything, and some days I find armloads of amazing stuff just waiting to be re-purposed in our home.
A week ago I had a particularly good day and walked out with these:
9 volumes of The Bookshelf for Boys and Girls! These were published in 1963 "under the supervision of The Editorial Board of the University Society" and they are so cool! Each book has an inset color illustration of the cover like this:
and the end papers are fantastic:
Each volume covers different topics. At first I thought the Index, labeled the Bookshelf Parents' Guide, was intended to help parents use the books effectively, but then I flipped through this volume and realized it's actually a guide to being a parent! Certain sections will certainly come in handy for us in the future: Impudence and Disrespect; Tics, Twitches, and Other Nervous Habits; and Family Meetings to Settle Grievances.
Despite the fascinating topics in this volume, my favorite by far is Volume 5: Things to Make and Do:
Just look at some of the amazing projects:
how to make an apron, "Mexican blouse" and hat!
dollhouse project, complete with furnishings!
paper dolls and tons of different outfits!
a puppet theater!
I am totally overwhelmed with all the goodness in this book alone... it will take me forever to actually get through all of them and get cracking! If I'm really ambitious, maybe I'll try to scan some of the stuff in to share with all of you one of these days... we don't have an operational scanner at the moment, but it's on my list to get a new one!
Don't you just love thrifting?!?