Thrift Store Score: Vintage Books

1 Sep

The 1970s was a good decade, my friends. Among other things, that period of time produced colorful polyester shirts, a harvest gold refrigerator from our previous apartment that was so solidly built it could withstand a nuclear winter, and, oh yeah, me. I was only there to witness two and a half months of it, but considering I didn’t sleep very much of that time it must have been amazing.

When I’m thrifting I always give the book sections, at the very least, a cursory look, because even though we’ve run out of shelf space in our home library long ago, I’m a sucker for vintage books.

This book on making paper airplanes particularly called out to me, as it has several elements of things I love: it’s crafty, thrifty, and features fantastic illustrations of kids from the 70s.

I’m trying to convince myself to sell it, but I need to learn how to make my paper plane do some sweet tricks first.

This next score goes out to all the nerds I love: a complete set of Marvel Super Hero RPG books, including the DM screen, which in this system is referred to as the “Judge’s Screen.” This is an epic find my friends, as my husband has been looking for these online and finding them to be pricey. In fact, right before we stopped at the yard sale that had them I believe he said, “This yearly yard sale never has anything good. I swear we go just out of nostalgia.”

I think I made him take that back about fifteen times because I am a mature individual.

These actually might be from the early 80s, a decade I consider to be largely a blight on humanity with a few notable exceptions: Nintendo, Unicorns, and, oh, the birth of my husband. Things I am not crazy about include most of the fashion, which as we all know has come back into style and was vomited back in my face on a daily basis when I worked in the library.

But I digress. These books gave my husband a nerd boner and there is no way he is parting with them, so I won’t be listing them in the shop.

Lastly, I found this wonderful pre-digital, pre-Photoshop SLR photography book. My Dad has a Canon SLR that he used to capture my childhood, and if I ask very nicely I’m hoping he’ll let me experiment with it one day.

My friend Jose seems to have the best luck finding amazing vintage books on a regular basis, but every now and then I surprise myself.

4 Responses to “Thrift Store Score: Vintage Books”

  1. justaboutagirl September 1, 2011 at 8:58 am #

    You have a nice-looking copy of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell! I love that book. My friend made me buy a copy in Portland before I got on a plane to come home — “It’ll change your life,” he said. That was probably a lie, but it really is a great book!

    • LittleBig September 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

      I LOVE JS&MN. Not a fan of the ending, but it was such a fun book.

      It also made me lust after an ereader. Balancing that thing on my chest in bed hurt like a MoFo.

  2. Missy (@geceosan) September 1, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

    omg! SUPERSONIC paper airplanes! does the airforce know? #somuchcheaperthanthemetalones

    • LittleBig September 2, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

      We must alert the Air Force to the discoveries of the 1970s.

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