Mar 25, 2012

~ antique books

Not so long ago, I did a post on books arranged by color. That post instigated some opinionated and enthusiastic comments! Some loved the books arranged that way, others hated them. 
Although I thought the books were lovely arranged by color, no doubt because of my love of color, I prefer antique books for bookshelves. I am on a slow and steady but relentless hunt for antique books. I've seen them (and bought them) at outrageous prices, but recently I've discovered, there's another way... a secret if you will. Antique books can be found at estate sales, garage sales even, for next to nothing! I have even found some in antique shops where the owners bought them cheap and sell them cheap. (I love when that happens!)

There's something about a collection of antique books that makes a statement, and gives a room a richer, warmer feel.

{all above images found on Pinterest}

Several of my inspired homes have featured antique book collections...
Jill ~ here

Stacey ~ here

Nancy ~ here

It's such a thrill when I spy a set of books and know they will be a perfect replacement for the new novels on my shelves...

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Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love vintage books, too and have found the best source for them at the Scott antique market. He sells then from five dollars to twenty. Can't beat that and he has hundreds.

Mary Anne said...

Hi Jan:

Crazy for books and loved this post you just did on old books. A couple of weeks ago, I went to an estate sale and found books from the late 1800's for a dollar a piece. I tried to stay calm as I collected my haul!! When I got to the checkout, the woman said, what is it with these old books? There was a woman before you that walked out with about the same amount!!(too bad I missed those too!)
Enjoyed your 'book' pictures, especially the one with the flowers on the mantel with all of the pastel books. . . . you don't see those colors very often.

imquilternity said...

I love books of all kinds, but especially antique ones. They seem difficult to find in my area, but I'm always on the hunt. The photos are certainly inspiring and I thank you for sharing them.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Jan I love antique books too! These images are beautiful!

The enchanted home said...

LOVE antique books and they are on my list of things to eventually scour the markets for too! (only have a handful picked up here and there) I love all the pics especially the mosaic board, you are truly the queen!
Great inspiration here......

Karena said...

Jan there is something about antique books, so intriguing and they have their own unique patina!

I hope you will come and see the feature I have on an amazing sculptor.

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Anonymous said...

What a beautiful blog! I am to fascinated by antique books. I will one day dedicate a room of my future house to a small library such as these!

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