Two exciting things are happening today.
And I am here for both of them.
- I’m going antique shopping for the first time in over a year.
- Baylor Bears are playing in the NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.
One of the things I’m always on the hunt for is vintage books. And some of the questions I get all the time is where to find those books and how to style them and how to decorate with them and general vintage book information.
So today, on this glorious, incredible, amazing Monday, I’m going to share it all.
Let me take a sip of coffee first.
Now my books and I are ready.
Before we get started
I put together a list of links from the blog that might be helpful.
- What is on my yard sale (and thrift store) list this year
- How to decorate with vintage finds (in case books are not your situation)
- How I cover books that aren’t that cute
- This amazing thing my sister did with a vintage book
- How to fold book pages to create words
- Five book page projects
- One of my favorite book stories
Who knew I had so much book information?
Q: Where can you find vintage books?
I can’t get enough of vintage books. Seriously. They have so much character and age and personality. The challenge? If you are looking for a specific book or numbered edition? Books can get very expensive. I like my vintage books on sale so here are a few places that I’ve had great success in the vintage book acquisition department:
- yard sales (hello captain obvious)
- thrift stores
- my attic (you won’t believe what you can find in an attic)
- my mother’s attic
- Books By the Foot
- Half-priced books (look in the vintage section)
Q: How to recycle old books?
A lot of time books that you find at yard sales or the attic will be damaged.
Not just a little damaged—but almost beyond repair.
For example, I had a set of encyclopedias that Buddy decided to chew the edges off of.
I took book page lemons and made book lemonade with a fun wreath idea.
If the back of the spines are damaged?
One fun idea is to remove the damaged spines and stack them on top of each other and tie them together with twine.
One damaged book is a little sad. But five damaged books stacked together and tied?
You can add a pumpkin (or any decorative object) and use it to decorate like this.
Or sitting on a chair like this.
Q: What to put on top of a stack of books?
This is one of my favorite things to do EVER.
- I take a stack of books (three books are my favorite).
- I slightly turn them this way and that so they aren’t even.
- The larger book goes on the bottom.
- The smaller book goes on the top.
- And then? I add something on top.
The possibilities for book toppers are endless.
You can add a strand of wood beads.
You could add a decorative brass orb.
Or a smaller wood orb.
Or a box.
Or an ampersand.
(I could have taken the first two books, laid them flat and added the ampersand on top).
Or a faux plant.
Here are a few other ideas:
- wood baskets
- rattan boxes
- picture frames
- wood orbs
And on and on and book decorating on.
Q: Any fun ideas for decorating the book itself?
I love to make the book the art sometimes.
You could tie a velvet ribbon around the book and display it.
You could take paperback books and take the back covers off.
Then paint them and stamp them.
Then tie them in a stack with wood beads and a tassel.
And then decorate with them.
Like this book stack from Christmas.
Or this book stack from the fall.
(total aside: you can make pumpkins like this here.)
Or stamp them with your name and add a mini perpetual calendar.
The possibilities my book-loving friend are ENDLESS.
If you are staring at your bookcase or hutch or built-in or coffee table or side table or mantel?
Don’t waste another minute.
Grab a stack of books and get started.
It’s time to turn over a new leaf. 🙂
(So sorry. I couldn’t help it. The pun was just sitting there waiting for me.)
PS If you aren’t about decorating and you need a little story to entertain you?
Here’s one just for you.
Photo credits: Kennalynn Photo.