I don't usually pick up "vintage" books at garage sales. I'm not really into having books just for show - I like to buy them cheap, read them, and pass them on. So darn pragmatic! But when I saw this set ($20), I couldn't pass it up. I think it's because I can actually envision reading these with Vada, not just having them sit on a shelf. They're also just about as old as I am, and remind me of many days spent in the library reading every Nancy Drew book they had. Maybe I was overcome by nostalgia!
You can't tell from the photos, but these are "topsy turvy" books - each one is really two books, with the second book printed upside down so that the stories meet in the middle. So cool! There are 5 Babar stories, plus a bunch of classics, like "Heidi" and "Grimm's Fairy Tales".
Each story has its own typeface and illustration style, and they are all really wonderful. I love the title on the one below - "My Mother is the Most Beautiful Woman in the World". Nice!
Each book (both sides!) has a book plate in the front, with the previous owner's name (Fred) and his address (in Illinois). And at the beginning of each story, Fred also stuck a tiny little name sticker. Maybe he put it there when he was done reading the story, as a sign that he had finished it? It's a mystery!
And of course, I picked up a few more sheets and pillowcases. I really love those green ones! I'm itching to get started on another vintage linen quilt, but I've got a LOT of other WIPs in the queue that need to get finished up first. But I guess that's just good motivation to get through them, right? Right!