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We had a rather mad week last week and didn’t seem to have a minute to breath let alone leisurely snuffle around charity shops. We did however manage to have some fun downtime at Belton House on Thursday where they also have a little second hand book shop located in the old stables. It is a curious set up which I adore, in each stall they have created wall to wall bookshelves so each one looks like a mini library. I kept on trying to persuade Littlelish it was fine to talk at normal volume but she didn’t believe me! “ssshhhhhhhhh mummy”. Heading straight for the vintage books I managed to pick up this little beauty for a whole 2 pounds which I was rather delighted with. I also found a cool vintage green and red map of Cornwall for 50p which I thought I could use in some crafty way (tbc).
The book I found is called The Mammoth Wonder Book (1930′s) which is a collection of fairy stories and rhymes by authors and poets like the Brothers Grimm, Robert Louis Stephenson and Lewis Carroll. The illustrations of which there are 350 (!) are by Anne Anderson and are so magical.
I know, I know it is another book! Hopefully I’ll find something else next week :) Check out Me and my shadow for some other fab finds!
This week I added to my ever growing vintage book collection. It started when I came across a 1920′s edition of a flower fairies book and fell in love with it! I originally bought it to sell on as I knew the illustrations were rather collectable. But the book was so special, I couldn’t give it away let alone cut it up to sell the illustrations… and then it started! I realised there are some amazing old books that end up on the shelves of charity shops for a rather long time, no-one seems interested in re-homing these beauties. I have always had a love of books, I adore reading myself and also to Littlelish so I’ve taken it on as a personal mission to give all the books (well mostly gorgeous vintage children’s illustrated books) a loving home with us :)
So this week I found a vintage Fairy Tales book by the Brothers Grimm. I haven’t sat down to read it yet but I can’t wait to read “The shoes which were danced to pieces” and “Hans the Hedgehog”. As you will see it also has some lovely illustration plates in it by H.E Butler. I haven’t been able to date it just yet, there seem to be quite a few versions of these stories out there – some majorly collectable! I don’t think this is really worth a fortune but it is absolutely lovely nonetheless.
The other book I found was Stories from the Bible by Walter de la Mare, 1933. I bought this one really for the woodcut prints inside (by John Farleigh) which I think are absolutely beautiful. I would love to see them framed on a wall but I don’t think I will be able to cut them out of the book so I’ll just have to admire them occasionally.
And lastly I found this sweet 1940′s/1950′s wash basin set. Perhaps not to everyone’s taste and really rather “granny chic” but I think it is beautiful and can just imagine it on a shabby chic dresser. This little pretty is going into my shop Vintage Avignon for sale.
- I’m a freelancer in creative marketing with a background in design and styling but when I'm not working I'm doing the most important job in the world, being mummy to my beautiful little girl! I love to create and craft and have a passion for colour and beautiful detail. This blog is all about my life, my amazing daughter, my inspirations and creations!
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