In praise of vintage stores

Happy Saturday! Today is blog post #150 of having blogged daily since launching on February 26th!

If you are able to carve out a few minutes this weekend I’m advocating spending some time just looking and walking around some old book stores/vintage stores/antiques & collectibles.

This afternoon I was able to pop into a little set of shoppes that had a used book store and two antique/vintage stores.   When walking into the book store I asked if they happened to have any books by a favorite author and they did not.   It was still fun to look around and pick up two hardbacks that I did not know I needed!

The second store, the large antique store did not have any old typewriters but they did have an old 78 RPM record player.   It was nice in walking around that they had a Glenn Miller CD on and it was playing “Chattanooga Choo Choo” (1941) just perfect as walking around an area filled with items reminding me of my Grandmother’s home from years ago.  (Attribution (photo upper left) of 78 rpm record “Chattanooga Choo Choo” released on Bluebird in the early 1940s.  By Audio Preservation Fund ( [Public domain, Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.)

Attribution: (Image on right) Cover of hardback, “Open Your Eyes : 1,000 Simple Ways To Bring Beauty Into Your Home And Life Each Day” by Alexandra Stoddard.

The third store, another shoppe that had vintage collectibles, had a charm to it that was very special and there as I walked among the different seating areas beautifully decorated was a book by my Author!  Imagine the fun of finding it and discovering it was a book I didn’t even know was included on her list she had written.

The book is Open Your Eyes (1998) by Alexandra Stoddard.   I’ve got several of her books, and her classic Gift of a Letter” (1990) is wonderful!  If you already know her work I am sure you are smiling at my good fortune to discover this book today!  Something you may not know, if you are not familiar with her, is that each of her books she hand writes out by long hand!   Her books are authentic and a delight to read (some I have read over and over through the years!)

This weekend, if you find yourself with budget restrictions as we are nearing the end of the month and are mindful on not spending a lot or at all – one of the nice things of looking around these stores is you can walk around for no charge and be inspired!   You may discover items for not much sometimes and regardless if you spent anything at all – you will be refreshed from a break from the usual routine.   It was fun to discover at checkout a Limoges pill box (I believe that is what it is called) in a friend’s pattern – so I took a photo of it on my smartphone and will be sending to her to see if it is a match!

Here’s to wishing you a great Saturday to make the most of it!  Thank you for joining me today for blog post #150!  “Chattanooga choo choo, Won’t you choo-choo me home?”

Anchors Aweigh,  






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