Thrifting Antique Books

To collect or not to collect?

That is the question.

And for me the answer, when it comes to vintage and antique books especially, is always a resounding absolutely 100% yes.

What about you?

Antique Shakespeare Book Collection

When I saw this antique 18 volume set of Shakespeare across the room at my local thrift store my thrifting and book-loving heart went all flitter flutter.

I know you guys know what I mean by that.


Antique Shakespeare Book Collection

It’s that wonderful feeling that every thrifter/junker gets when something is so perfect that it almost takes your breath away.

They’re certainly not in perfect condition, but that’s exactly why I needed to save them. Something not in perfect condition can still be perfect… even more perfect actually.


Antique Shakespeare Book Collection

I seem to be attracted to old books that are damaged… they seem more real to me somehow. Is that crazy?

They speak to me… and I always always listen.


Antique Shakespeare Book Collection

These books needed a new loving home… and that home needed to be mine.


Antique Shakespeare Book Collection

There are 17 volumes of plays all published in 1901 by the University Society Inc., and the one in front in the first pic is the Topical Index which, for whatever reason, has a pub year of 1887.


Antique Shakespeare Book Collection

Poor tragic Ophelia… in all her pink prettiness.


Antique Shakespeare Book Collection

A few of the books have some marked up pages. I love that!

These books were definitely used to learn these plays.


Antique Shakespeare Book Collection

One volume was marked David G. Battle for lst Communion in 1957. I wonder if he was given the whole set.


Antique Shakespeare Book Collection

The back pages of another was used for notes.


Antique Shakespeare Book Collection

Someone was performing in one of the plays and had to do some memory work.


Antique Shakespeare Book Collection

According to my internet research my 18 books are part of a 42 volume set. It would certainly be something to have all of them, but I’m happy with what I found.

I paid the hefty sum of of 50 cents a piece. So worth every penny!


Antique Shakespeare Book Collection

Here they are in their new home… in one of my DIY dresser and bifold door bookcase units in the master bedroom with some of my other antique books.


Antique Shakespeare Book Collection

They’re so awesome!

I’ve been a bit MIA lately because we were away visiting both our families for the long Thanksgiving weekend and then our internet was down when we got home… and Major League baseball is in the post season and the Toronto Blue Jays just won the American League Division Series. Woo hoo!

We’re big baseball fans here and I’ve been spending a lot of time watching the games with John. Next is the American League Championship Series, and if we win that… then the World Series.  Yikes! It’s so exciting!

But on non-baseball-game nights I have been working on my hallway floor makeover.

Here’s a little teaser.


Hallway floor paint colours

I’m using all these colours, and maybe even a few more. Whatever leftovers I have around here just might be thrown into the mix too. lol. Why not?

I hope that’s not too scary. I promise it won’t look like a funhouse… a fun house I hope, but not a funhouse. lol. It’s a little slow going getting it done, but I can’t wait to show it to you.

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.



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  1. They’re perfect! I can see why you’re so happy to find them. They look great displayed on your desk too. Great find Tuula! Happy Friday!

  2. What a wonderful find! Perfectly drool-worthy! My daughter and I both are a little envious of these books! Oh, and I just cannot wait to see your floor finished!! I just know it’s gonna be awesome! Dona

  3. Are you KIDDING me?! .50 cents each!!?? What a steal! Those are just gorgeous, I love all the writing inside and how worn they are too!


  4. I never find books for 50 cents that are keepers! These are incredible- the handwriting inside is wonderful. I always love when I find it inside. So are you on the hunt for the remaining books in the collection?
    Looking forward to seeing your floor. Did you get busy on your sofa? 😉

  5. Those books are fabulous! What keepsakes they are. My husband would love to have so many Shakespeare books! I’ve been wondering about your floor makeover because I have been very seriously thinking about mine and the color for it. I don’t know what to think now with all those colors you showed!! Can’t wait to see.

  6. Your books were such a lucky find and such a thrifty price tag too. I love the handwritten notes inside, it just makes them so much more personal. Thanks for sharing you fabulous old books at VIParty.

  7. Drool, drool, drool!!! Lusting after your book treasure. They are perfectly aged. And definite keepers. All those colors!?! That is sorta scary, Tuula.

  8. That is a pretty amazing collection you found!! Looking forward to your color story Tuula!!

  9. Patricia B says:

    I love old books and those are amazing.