Sunday, April 22, 2007

25 Mile Treasure Hunt

My friend and I went on a treasure hunt yesterday. You know Texas always does things big. I'll tell you 25 miles of garage/estate/junk/antique sales on a country road was one great adventure. It is called 25 Mile Antique Alley (I think) and is on the third weekend of April and September.

"Famous Last Words" mission for the day was to find paper ephemera. You know like old games, flash cards, old letters, wallpaper, anything paper for collage purposes. And I said, "I am not going to buy any books. I don't need anymore books. I have more books now than I will ever get around to altering."

But how could I pass up a big old dictionary for twenty-five cents. You wouldn't either. Would you have passed up a second one maybe for fifty cents? No Way! So having scored those two, after all they weren't for altering, but in essence "paper for collage purposes", I could justify five bucks for a great old big one in Spanish. That fellow just wouldn't come off his price.

Check it out. Second photo above. Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Random House, 1947, is a book of verses or poems that is beautifully illustrated. It is so wonderful and I don't know that I will be able to rip these pages out. Although, I thought I would.
What about the Harper's New Monthly Magazine, January 1874. Wonderful!

I know I needed the German Hymnal and the German Language book.

This little book is not old. Oh mercy but fair game for altering. It is After Dinner Games and is illustrated in such a whimsical, contemporary and yet vintagy way. My brain is whirling with what to do to it.

This little Diary has some really good collage fodder inside.

And look at this cover. I think you can tell by the photo that it is in relief. I can't wait to put a piece of metal over it and burnish....and then alter this little jewel. It is a motivational book and here are some of the chapter titles: "I dare you to adventure," "I dare you to do things," "I dare you to be strong," "I dare you to think creatively".....and so on. Well buster don't dare me. I took it!

This one, I got for the cover. So cool!
I'm sure I needed this one too. But I know not what for. It is great big and has wonderful tabs.
So there you have it NO BOOKS for Sharon, 18 books later. I think it is all Norah's fault. I didn't even tell you about all of them. Did you see the little book, The Story of A Hundred Operas, subtitled, "Invaluable to Radio Listeners," 1940 edition.
I found a lot more treasures but I will just have to show you....
More later,


  1. Hi Norah,
    We are obviously long lost sisters as I often find books I NEED under simular circumstances. What a haul!
    All the little towns here have town wide rummage sales and those will kick in soon here. I really have no room for any books or the need for them .................. but you know if one should happpen to....................

  2. Hi Sharon, I just found your blog. It's a wonder we did not see each other over there this weekend. Love your books and I did NOT see anything like that, dang it. And I was looking for paper goods too. LOL. Anyway, I got tickled when I read your post, cause I posted about the same thing. LOL. Enjoyed your blog.

  3. Can I just tell you I am sitting here GREEN with envy on your being able to cruise that multi garage sale event....AND all your book treasures?? Sharon you SO scored and I can just imagine what else you found and what artistic magic will come from all of it! WOOHOO for you!

  4. Sharon thanks for the kind words and encouragement on my blog. I came back and explored more of your older blog pages. ( Will do more tomorrow too)Wow!! I love it alll! And Klimit is my absoulute favorite artist of all time so your mosiac table and benchs are favorites of mine. You have inspired me to try playing with some tissue on my collage pages so stay tuned for results later in the week. It is my pleasure to Meet you. A blog intro anyway.

  5. Hello Sharon,
    What goodies you found! If you din't want to tear out the pages of your books, do what I do and make copies.
    Thanks for sending me your blogsite. I really enjoy reading it and checking out what you are up to.
    I am the Susie you got the ATC from at Houston. I had mailed in 6 of them and I found the other 5 in the new book called 1000 Artist trading Cards by Patricia Bolton. There I was in Borders just looking at books and found myself on pages 48 &49. What a shock!
    Thanks again!

  6. I think that Norah did amazingly well with her book finds. :D I can't wait to see what you do with them!!! smiles...

  7. WOW! Lucky you! AND I LOVE the art below.

  8. I have heard of that sale. Wish I lived down that way so I could have gone. Looks like you made out like a bandit. I especially like the "dare" book

  9. Looking forward to seeing what you create with these goodies!
    Have a great week

  10. Sharon,

    Great books! I love them all too - of course you couldn't leave them there!

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  11. I am a bigtime fan of Harper's magazine. What a score!

  12. Well hot damn! You sure did score - in a big ol' Texan way too.

    So what are your plans for all this papery goodness????

    And how did I not know about such a hunt when I was living in Texas? That is so not fair. Hmph.

  13. I'm DROOLING over your books! FANTASTIC finds and how exilerating to go to cruise miles and miles of garage sales!

  14. I love that red diary!


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