Last weekend had to be a record here. Thirteen estate sales were advertised around the city. I can't remember another weekend with that many sales!
I'm always on the prowl for ephemera I can incorporate into my handmade journals and wasn't disappointed at this sale.
My take included what I think is a French notebook--it's difficult to tell from the cover--and a French dictionary, as well as a cute bakery receipt book, a large stack of yellowed penmanship paper and several decks of playing cards with interesting themes. All the finds are vintage.
I don't know French, so I'm not sure what the cover of this journal says. Inside are several pages of handwriting. Guess I'll have to enlist my hubby to try to translate some of it for me. He knows a little French.
While not in the best condition, the journal is precious. The handwriting makes it so personal.
Whose was it?
What does it say?
Is it full of deep thoughts or is it merely a place to practice writing in French?
Regardless, I won't dismantle this gem for my journal and decoupage projects. I plan to digitize a few pages so I can leave the book intact and still use some of the handwriting.
At the same sale, I acquired a sweet little French/English dictionary. The cover is in pathetic condition, with the spine nearly completely detached. Someone had tried mending it, front and back, with masking tape. So sad.
Measuring about five inches square, it was printed in 1945. Considering the condition of the cover, the inside pages are in good vintage condition. They have that nice "yellow-with-age" hue.
Nice inscription inside the cover. Wish I knew what it says.
The receipt book is from Dale and Helene's Big Horn Bakery of Basin, Wyoming. The "fill-in-the-blank" date on the receipts indicates it's from the 1950s. Could be as old as I am. Not many pages left in the pad, but what's there is in very good vintage condition.
Looks great on the antique Hoosier cabinet with some of my vintage kitchen items.
It's always a successful weekend when I come home with interesting ephemera.
Make it a great day!
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday