Nico (vilakins) wrote,

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Jumble sale haul

I just got back from a big church 'garage sale and fair'. I hate shopping in general, buying most of my clothes on line--and I'd get the groceries that way too if they lowered the delivery charge--but I love fairs and markets. I didn't find any of the 20s and 30s Boys' and Girl's Own annuals I collect, but I did quite well. My haul (each item $2 to $5):

  • Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome, with the dedication kalypso_v said was later removed: "To the six for whom it was written in exchange for a pair of slippers." :-) It smells very musty; I shall have to air it out in the sun.
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. I love this book.
  • The House at Pooh Corner by A A Milne, original illos but colour-washed; beautiful! When I went overseas, my mother threw all my possessions out, and these three go some way towards getting some of my childhood things back.
  • Frank Muir's A Kentish Lad and a book of 'My Word' stories by him and Denis Norden (we already have one of the others).
  • The Romans, a large coffee-table book with sumptuous illos.
  • A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth. Too big to borrow from the library now they have such a draconian renewal policy and only $2.
  • A wonderful find: The Illustrated Book of Science Fiction Ideas and Dreams. Another coffee-table sized book, it's full of the most wonderful illos from last century's SF mags and novels up till the 70s. There's a woman in a 50s picture who looks just like Servie gone a bit to seed. I shall have to scan her in.
  • Two cappuccino cups made by the same pottery (Petra Ceramics) as my existing ones, and four espresso cups with stylised brightly--coloured cats on them, exactly the same pattern as some teacups my sister gave me a few years ago. :-D
  • What I thought were two old silver egg cups but are actually Selangor pewter. Do you polish pewter?
  • Some Thai brass cutlery with ebony handles.
Tags: books, outings
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