I have been in Dallas this last week attending a seminar. While there I wanted to squeeze in a few antique shops. I didn't have much time, but my wonderful husband took me down Industrial Boulevard, which is close to the Market area. Luckily they were not far, or my request may have been nixed. He helped me search, AND had no idea what I was searching for. Isn't that some real love? I did give him a hint~that I wanted old books~for my journals; or for their contents to be used in my newest artistic projects. I searched, prodded, scoured, and poked into the back of a couple of shops. You know the places. It is usually way in the back, where the dust has been sleeping & gathering for quite some time. Just when I thought I had no treasures to bring home, he said, "Did you see those magazines on the shelf in one of the back booths?" "No, did I MISS them?" Yes, I had! I RAN back to see, and there on an old white bookshelf were 5 copies of The National Geographic Magazine from the year ~ 1953. I thought, wow, these pics are wonderful....and I love the feel of this old paper. No price tag on any of them. But, 2 did have 1.50 penciled on the front cover. Could that be right? I took a chance, and brought them up front to pay. The check-0ut fellow said he would call the dealer for their price. No answer. "Well, I am selling them to you for $1.50 each, and if that is wrong, that is too bad!" My knees were trembling by this time, not just because my toes were crossed, but because I had scored a giant "find" for me!
So off to one more shop, White Elephant Antique Warehouse. The check-out fellow from the first shop had suggested I might like this one. I knew I liked the name. Mind you, these shops were not the flea market type, but the high-rent type, with a wide variety of furniture, art, primitives, china and the like. Not what I was originally looking for.....remember, I had limited time AND my husband was along~God bless him! I saw old schoolhouse emphera~flash cards, rubber farm animals, metal book lockers, building blocks (before the lincoln logs kind) and even old teacher daily log books. This particular booth was SO cool, but the prices were WAY more than I wanted to spend.
However, I did find a table full of stacked books. All kinds~cookbooks, travel books, art books, AND....and one large German Encyclopedia-type book. Written completely in German, copyright 1984, I can read only a few words here and there. But, what it has is 670 pages of german words printed on old wonderful paper & ALOT of pictures. Wonderful, vibrant colored pictures...and I only paid $8.39. Oh, yes, I did get 5 old tin cigar cases at $1.50 each, which I plan on rusting this weekend.
More importantly, I had one of the greatest Valentine's Day I can remember.
Thank you, Allen. I love you!