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October 10, 2008

Flea Market Finds - Part Two - Children's Books

I always scout out vintage children's books when thrifting. I am selective in what I buy, however, because my true love is the illustrations. I can't describe exactly what I'm looking for, but these two books exemplify my favorite types of illustrations. I also love wacky titles and stories, or story lines that are dated and quaint. (I found these books at the Kane County Flea Market, as referenced in my previous post). First is No Good the Dancing Donkey. I haven't read the story yet, but I have a pretty good idea of what it's about from the title alone! Love the title, love the illustrations! It's in very poor condition (as far as the binding is concerned), but the illustrations still look wonderful and that's what's important to me!

Next, A Television Book of Some Day. It is missing the "television" disc that was attached to the front cover. The only reason I know that is because I looked for other copies that were for sale on eBay and Amazon and found only one. That one is priced at $28 and is missing the front cover but has the "plastic disc". Now, if it was priced at $1 I'd buy it and marry the two copies, but $28 is a bit beyond my budget. It does make me think, however, if the economy ever improves I might be able to sell this one for a handy profit! (Although, it is in pretty poor condition). Anyway, this book fits my criteria of dated and quaint storylines - it's about what children want to be when they grow up. Of course the girls want to be teachers, mommies and singers and the boys want to be train engineers and cowboys! Great illustrations, too!


jacquie said...

how vintage children's books. lucky you.

Julie said...

These are beautiful books. I love the children against the blue background :)