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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-04-2008, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Yay, excitement! Antiques! Used stuff!

Okay, I'm excited. Sorry, you guys are the only victims I have to tell all things that happen in my life

I went to the one and only thrift store in town today. What did I find (among other finds) but an 1875 edition of John Milton's collected poetry, signed by the first owner in 1876 It's awfully purdy. Here are some advertisements in the back:

MARVELS OF CHEAPNESS! The World Editions Of Famous Authors, consisting of Poetry, Romance, Travel, Adventure, Biography, Etc.

Twenty-four very thick volumes. Twelvemo, illustrated. Being the cheapest complete Editions published. Bound in fancy English cloth. Black and gold. New style.


Ah, listen to that old phrasing

I also found other fun stuff, like computer games "Hellgate, London", "Quake 4", and "Lost Planet: Extreme Condition", and the classic book, A Wilderness Bill of Rights.

Exciting day, exciting day!

What yardsale/antique/used stuff favorites have you found?


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That sounds like fun. I've been to only one yard sale and one auction. I really should go and see what I can get that's interesting!




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That is exciting! Wow, what a find!
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That sounds like fun. I've been to only one yard sale and one auction. I really should go and see what I can get that's interesting!
Erm. You're serious? You've only ever been to one yardsale? Oh you're missing out on some of the best stuff in the world! I've got turquoise/coral/silver phoenix necklaces...plants...old books...stereo...picked up Michael Flatley's Feet of Flames today...pliers and calipers from the 1860's that work better than ANY tools you'll find today...how can you live without yardsaling??? You should go this weekend, it'll liven and brighten any day.

Oh yeah. And the people you'll meet...the stories you'll hear...it's really delightful.


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Ahh, this is really neat...this Milton has an inscription in the front cover, just the owner's name, some words I couldn't decipher, and the date. Well, the owner was James Travis...maybe Birney, I think...and I could read the word Peculiar and then something indecipherable, and the date was Dec. 25th/76.

But what were Peculiar, and the next word...it began with "Mi" and had some vowels and an "i" at the end...? For the first time in four years, my year of German class helped me. They used an older form of writing a double 's', so it looks like a cursive lowercase f and an 'o' after it. This book was given by or to James Travis Birney on Christmas of 1876 in Peculiar, Missouri.

It was in the time that Peculiar was even made into a town, the time that it was mapped out and surveyed and named. What was this James Birney doing then? Did he go by the name Jim? Was he an educated man, to be carrying Milton's works? Was he a child? Rich? Poor? Did the person who knew him know him so well as to give him a personal sort of religious book as Paradise Lost?

Ahh...this'll keep me busy for a while...


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I absolutely LOVE yard sales, auctions, and small country stores that sell everything including the kitchen sink.
Our home is filled with beautiful antiques that I/we have found at different garage/yard sales, and auction houses.
There is something about walking around a yard sale or flea market and finding exactly the "right" thing, even though you weren't really looking for it.
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There is something about walking around a yard sale or flea market and finding exactly the "right" thing, even though you weren't really looking for it.
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In Metairie, LA, I used to be a regular at Jefferson Flea Market, a veritable treasure trove of antiques and rarities set in a huge old warehouse. It was always fun to walk through and talk to the people there, and occasionally find a treasure among the trash.

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I'm completely the opposite. Sure I have some old family heirloom stuff around, but going to a yard sale or flea market to pick through other people's junk doesn't appeal to me at all.


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I'm completely the opposite. Sure I have some old family heirloom stuff around, but going to a yard sale or flea market to pick through other people's junk doesn't appeal to me at all.
Junk rarely occurs to me. I feel kind of sneaky and goofy..."hehehe...it's mine, it's all mine...it's a treasure...look at it...it's mine now...I'll love it forever...muahaha, you let it slip out of your hands...wheeeee!" Very enjoyable


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