I don't know what it is about vintage children's science books, but I find them everywhere & have to buy them. There is no way I can actually keep every children's book I buy, so I read them to my 5 year old niece, Sequoya, & then they end up in the shop as soon as she's moved on (usually after about two weeks of reading the same book again & again & again...). They sell well, so I guess it isn't only myself who digs 'em.
I found 11 of these Let's-Read-And-Find-Out Science Book books at a local thrift recently, all in a neat little stack on the floor next to a run down 1970s Barbie Townhouse that some child had liberally "painted" with multicolored crayon scribbles. I actually looked around, thinking that someone had set them there for a moment while checking out something else, but there was no one to be seen & so I put the 5 second rule (usually reserved for dropped M&Ms or Wasabi Peas, but useful in Thrifting adventures as well) into effect & snatched them up quick as I could.
|Here they are partying with the unblemished pink owl bookend,|
(I couldn't take them back ... they are just SO pink & terrified).
|Illustration from 1962, My Five Senses ... taste all there is to taste ... THE perfect motto for a fatty like me!|
|Tiny vintage illustrations give me palpitations, I should've stuck to my childhood dream of becoming a librarian.|
I found so much good stuff this week, our local Elks Lodge had their annual fund raising rummage sale & I was a good girl & got there first thing on the first day. Sadly most of their items were outside & it went from a light sprinkle to a downpour after only 10 minutes. I rushed through, grabbing my very favorite items before everything was covered with tarps & went back the next day to look again. There was some great stuff, including a pair of Street King Official Roller Derby skates from the 1960s in their original box (which I failed to photograph somehow).
|These fancy cat mugs are amazing, their glaze looks like enamel & they're so pretty!|
|I got many sets of mid century playing cards, in their original swanky plastic cases. So fun.|
|A set of round playing cards with wonderful graphics on both sides.|
|I don't know how many years Marvin & June had their coffee together, but I won't be splitting them up now!|
|Mrs. Carver's Tex Kringle Christmas tin ... just my kinda kitsch.|
|Jars for housing some of my vintage button collection.|
Now these are something new in the shop this week. My husband has a thing for ornate vintage frames, especially small ones. He traces an outline of their glass onto his watercolor pad & takes it to the tattoo shop with him. In between tattoos, if he has some down-time, he draws up small pieces of flash to go in them. He's been giving them to family & friends for years; I love it when he comes home with new pieces for me!
He did some up for Mother's Day & I am sticking a few of them on Etsy. I think they're a swell little gift to give & who doesn't like traditional style tattoo flash?! Plus a sweet little one of a kind piece of artwork in a wee vintage frame is just wonderful to give or get! He does them for weddings & baby showers & other occasions as well so we may put some customizable options up in the future also.
Flea Market Finds
& High On Thrifting Thursday
& Thrifty Love
& Thrift Score Thursday
& The Penny Worthy Project
& Thrifty Treasures
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