Monday, 27 February 2012

One person's trash is another person's treasure

We live in a throw away society. An old dress, a single tea cup or maybe those horrid earrings your friend gave you a few years ago. We simple get rid of those things without a second thought even though someone else might need exact that one item that we don't have use for anymore. Today I got stuff that others didn't want anymore twice. Lucky me, huh?!

I spent the night at the Count's place and his mother had just been going through her old magazines. She ended up with quite a stack that was supposed to go into the trash so I simply adopted those magazines. Three have really impressive articles on different history topic in them, the others are old fahsion magazines. Most of them are from '07 and '08 but I got one Cosmopolitan from 2001. That's almost vintage, right? One of the newer magazines has a special about Britain in it, how lucky am I? I'm obsessed with Britain! An other one features an article on a family living in an italian castle and it has some beautiful pictures to go with it.

But the best thing I got today was a book. In our town hall there is a small shelf with books that you can take home with you in exchange for one of yours. So yesterday when I was in the town hall I checked the shelf and found the most wonderful book.


Hauff, stories and fairy tales

It's a book with stories by Wilhelm Hauff, a German author with a very interesting background story that I will probably blog about tomorrow. The book itself is beautifully designed, the cover is brown with a golden pattern aswell as golden letters. It is not even thirty years old even though the design looks much older. Whoever owned that book definately took care for it, it doesn't have any stains or marks or dog-ears. I seriously cannot understand why someone would give such a treasure away! As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to get it so of course today I went back to the town hall with a book that I have never liked at all, put it in the shelf and took the other one. I still cannot believe that I got this anmazing thing for free! Of course, I've already started reading one of the stories, so far I like it alot.

detail shot to show the design

The cover


Well, that's it for today. I hope you all have a lovely night!


  1. Oh my, I love pretty books and that sure is a pretty book =w=.

    And I agree with you about the topic. Very true. I must confess to often check the secondhand stores here because there is always treasures to be found.

    1. Unfortunately, we dont have secondhand stores that sell something else than very worn down clothes in my area :(

  2. You made such a wonderful find! I adore his fairytales, as you know! And what a beautiful edition!

    1. Thanks, it is beautful, right? I like it a lot, the stories are wonderful!