Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Monday, January 20, 2014

An Update on Our Bookish Venture - We "Heart" It!

My daughter and I have been working hard on our new business, and after spending a full day on Saturday sprucing up our little "Bookish" space at the Brick Basement Antique Mall, we were tired - but it was a "good tired"! 
Anticipating Valentine's Day, my daughter has been crafting away, while I've been searching high and low for good vintage books.  Take a little tour...
(Back to front:) To the Heart of a Bear (I found a 1985 first edition); Brother Rabbit Works Magic, a rare find, one of the "Alder Bottom Stories" (pub. in 1929); and The Golden Age by Kenneth Grahame, with illustrations by E.G. Shepard.
I was beyond excited about finding this set of six Louisa May Alcott favorites, reprinted from the years 1911-1925!
A.A. Milne's When We Were Very Young in a red cup atop the classic Hitty, Her First Hundred Years by Rachel Field, 1930 edition. And a beautifully illustrated version of Anne of Green Gables...
Two more treasured volumes: Gulliver's Travels and The Good Master.

So many books, so little time!  Next post I'll be sharing about a beautiful book for Valentine's Day by Tasha Tudor...for the whole family!



  1. Beautiful! I would love to shop your booth. I love antique malls, and your space would definitely catch my eye. :)

  2. Thank you, Danzel. We'd love to have you - too bad there are so many miles between us!

  3. Have you thought about creating an Etsy shop also listing what you've got in your bricks and mortar shop? I know getting into the posting thing is a bit tedious, but then people like me and Danzel might be able to shop too!

  4. Zoe - My daughter and I have gone back and forth about an online shop. Honestly, the challenge for us would be having to mail everything - especially her handmade items, which are pretty fragile. I suppose I could just sell books on Etsy (which are easy to mail)! Not sure if our contract at the antique mall would allow us to sell the items from our space online, but I could have a totally separate stock for Etsy. Thanks for the comments! We'll let you know. :) :)

  5. I love these books you have gathered together, and yes, Tasha Tudor is a blessing too. I don't have any little ones at home now, but love children's books, and old books, as C.S. Lewis recommends. He suggests alternating reading new books with old.

  6. Thanks, Terra - I love that recommendation by Lewis! :)