27 September 2010

A handmade Trick or Treat Bag, with graphics from The Graphics Fairy!

07 September 2010

Books on Bay: Savannah

I love everything about old bookstores.  And this one in Savannah has its own eccentricities.  It is set back on the second story of Factor's Walk, a row of old cotton warehouse and merchant offices on the river in Savannah.  Just getting to it (down some hairpin stairs and across a plank bridge) is an adventure.

The front half of the store space is devoted to discount Mesa ware.  Yeah, I have no idea.  On my most recent visit, there was a lovely older woman manning the check out table who listened to a 50s bubblegum version of Johnny Mercer's "Dream" on constant loop. 

The back half of the store has the treasures.  They deal primarily in old books.  First editions, often.  They have categories like "Authors You Should Have Heard Of" and "Books with Names in the Titles."  It makes for an enjoyable hunt and peck. 

The main book room overlooks the river

Old school books, one of my favorite categories

The entire place is peppered with interesting bookends

So many Hardy Boys!

1st Edition of Whittier poetry

Another interesting category

A number of the OZ books.
Their description on the RIver Street site.

05 September 2010

Ephemera from Illinois

If you follow any of my other blogs, you probably already know that I visit my relatives in (very) rural Illinois just about every year.  One of my favorite things to do there is sift thorough the random bits of paper in antique stores, or even in one of my grandparent's houses.  No one throws ANYTHING away there.  Here are a few of my treasured finds.

Might have been a slightly intimidating ride in his car

Chicago was home to both the 1893 World's Fair (Grand Columbain Exhibition) and the 1933 World's Fair.  This envelope with a letter was sent from the fair to someone at home.  The letter was written on a single, long sheet of paper and the illustrations were hand-drawn. 

Beautiful Art Deco design

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