(Closed) Where are you finding great vintage books?

posted 7 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Thrift shops. I find particularly the church run thrift shops have vintage books at great prices.

Garage sales will be a good source in the spring.

Our library also has a big sale every year where they clear out old books.

Also try putting an ad on craigslist.

If you can’t find enough books, you could try covering some books with brown kraft paper and mixing those in with the others.

 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I love old books and have collected them for years!  I buy them at used book bookstores, thrift shops, antique stores, and I’ve found a lot on Etsy.  I found a great one on Etsy to use as our “ring bearer.”  The title is “To have and to hold.”  I love julies1949 suggestion of covering them with kraft paper.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I love old books, and find that the antique “malls” typically have a great selection. Becuase the malls have a large number of sellers, they tend to have books from all over and of many different genres. I typically spend $1-$10/book, although most are in the $3-$6 range.

 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

Um… pardon me. But is it possible that I could buy yours when you are done? *cough cough* I’ve been looking too and can’t find that much. One would think that being in NYC would be enough. And I don’t get why shipping has to be that damn much. It’s media mail shipping. It’s cheaper. I use it.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

@bRooklynRocks:  Have you tried The Strand in Manhattan?  They usually have a good selection of old books, just stay away from the first editions and collectors books in the glass cabinets!  Some of those are pretty pricey!  I don’t know who you were directing the “can I buy your books” to, but unfortunately I am not selling mine after the wedding.  If I come across anything I think you might be interested in, I’ll let you know.  I also agree with the PP who suggested antique malls.  I’ve found a bunch there, and they tend to run about $5-10.

Here are a few Etsy sellers that tend to sell books in groups of 3-5 (and I’ve purchased from):

Dolled

Sadieolive

IronsideVintage

 

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

@vaness13181: It was the OP. I used to go to The Strand but I haven’t been there in a while. You’ve lit a fire under me. Strand, here I come!!

Post # 12
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2000

Pleaselet me help you with books by color for your wedding.

decadesofvintage.etsy.com

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

have you tried etsy?

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Ummm.. check out the classified ads at wedding bee

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve gotten a bunch at church book sales (and from the box they put out afterwards!) I got a copy of Northwest Passage from the 30’s free that way!

Also libraries, my college library puts out a stand of books they’re throwing out, see if your local libraries and throwing out old/damaged books. Old encyclopedia’s are probably a good bet too, if they’re outdated they arent’ worth much but will still have a classic book feel.

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