Monday, November 27, 2006

Vintage Children's Books

I don't have children of my own, but I enjoy finding old books for their illustrations (especially the pen and ink ones), or for gifts. Here are some recent finds:
Little Red Riding Hood, 1967
Adorable "Little Red Riding Hood" from 1967. It originally had a Peepul Pals doll to go with it. I checked ebay, and Peepul also had games and paperdolls...similar to Little Kiddles.
Red Riding Hood, 1967
Thrift store price: tag says 60 cents, but if I remember correctly, it was a dime.

Cannonball Simp, 1966
"Cannonball Simp", a cute little book from 1966, about a dog who joins the circus.
Thrift store price: 50 cents.

trees illustration, 1966
Trees illustration from an amazing book, "A Tree Named Moses", by Laura Nelson Baker, 1966. I adore this book.
Thrift store price for former library book: 50 cents.

Bird illustration from same book:
bird illustration, 1966

The Swineherd
Fun fable, "The Swineherd". Whimsical illustrations, though not very detailed.
No date, but perhaps late 70's. How sad that I'm labeling that 'vintage'. Sigh.
Thrift store price: 45 cents.


Tuesday, November 21, 2006

More fun fabric finds

Koi Fabric
Five yards Tori Richard Hawaiian fabric, thrift store price $6. That's a bit steep for thrift store prices, but this funky color haunted me for awhile. I'm glad it was still there when I returned. Not sure what I'm going to do with it--it's a bit silky like a rayon, but it may just be a cotton blend. Maybe the back of a quilt. I like the unique quality.

Blue Fruit Fabric
Denim-weight fabric, a little over one yard, $1.50
Reminds me of Ikea fabric. I love fruit images.

Grafitti fabric
Thrifted polyester shirt. I love grafitti fabric. I figure I can make a purse out of it. I don't remember what I paid for this, but it was probably just a couple of dollars.


Sunday, November 19, 2006


Thrifted fabric strips
Thrift store find of the century today--rolls of cut fabric strips that I assume are meant to make your own bias tape. They could also be used in quilting, as ribbon, in rag rugs...
Yards and yards! Two rolls of the red-white-and-blue Zodiac print (one roll pictured so you can see how much fabric I'm talking about!), three rolls of the yellow-and-white floral, and one roll of the luscious red-and-white Asian(ish) floral print.

The best part? Each roll: 60 cents!