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this isn't exactly thrift horror, but i thought you'd appreciate it. [Jul. 20th, 2008|09:29 am]
Thrift Shop Horrors


I like to call them thrift bonuses! One thing I think is very cool about shopping thrift stores is the little bonus items you find now and then.  Here are a few I've found...

This was tucked inside a cookbook I found at a Library Sale.

This napkin was saved for over 20 years.  It makes my kind of sad, because one or both of those people probably are no longer with us.  But I will always remember their 50th wedding anniversary!

These next 2 were found together in a different cook book at the same sale.

A recipe for Cheese Fondue...

Cheese Fondue

1 1/2 C. dry wht wine - if not acid enough, can add dash of lemon juice
1 clove garlic - slightly smashed
bring to a boil

Add 3 c grated cheese - to which 2 Tbl. flour has been added (mix with hands - cheese + flour)

Add cheese  handful at a time, stirring all the time with a fork.

remove garlic

Cognac or kirsch Tbl.
Salt + Pepper
taste - can add more salt + pepper + kirsch
serve immed. in fondue pot

Cheese should be imported swiss

I sorta want to try to make this, just out of curiousity. 

A plan for a Sunday family dinner.

Sunday Dinner

Salads: raspberry w/ sour cream
               lemon w/ carrots + pineapple or orange

Meats: baked ham

potatoes - scalloped

vegetable - bakes beans

relishes - 

rolls - 

desserts - cake {chocolate applesauce?

milk - coffee


7 adults
4 - teens
3 - children

And lastly, this is an incription i found inside an Illustrated Book of Celtic Mythology found at my local Half Price Books.  It was in the clearence section for a dollar or 2.  As I already have books on Celtic Mythology, i really didn't need this one, but this alone made me buy the book.


Someday when I'm old and can't read, you can tell me these legends and fill my life with adventure.


Mom & Dad

It just made me really sad that after such a toughtful note like that, someone would discard this book so easily.  I had to give it a home.


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[User Picture]From: evil_little_dog
2008-07-20 02:38 pm (UTC)
Awww, that poor last book.
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[User Picture]From: labellafaim_x
2008-07-20 02:38 pm (UTC)
that last one makes me tear up.
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[User Picture]From: ejw829
2008-07-20 02:39 pm (UTC)
Oh... that last one made me tear up a bit, too!

ETA: mmmbrains is the. best. username!

Edited at 2008-07-20 02:53 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mmmbrains
2008-07-20 08:55 pm (UTC)
thanks! =D
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[User Picture]From: holy_cats
2008-07-20 02:43 pm (UTC)
I liked all of these!
I bet found_notes would be a great place to post things like these, too!
Thanks for sharing!
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[User Picture]From: adafrog
2008-07-20 02:47 pm (UTC)
The last one made me sad.
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From: imaginatrix
2008-07-20 02:58 pm (UTC)

The inscription in the last book makes me really sad. It looks pretty heartless to just toss it away, I think. If it was me, I would have kept it for the sentimental value alone - even if the book itself did not really interest me (which it does - I LOVE all kinds of stories and legends.)

... Actually, this whole post reminds me a bit of the film Amelie, where she (or the guy?) picks up and keeps people's discarded photo booth pictures.
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[User Picture]From: nwhepcat
2008-07-20 03:03 pm (UTC)
Aw, that last one is sad.

Why do I have the sneaking suspicion the dinner list came from a midwestern cook? Salads: raspberry w/ sour cream
lemon w/ carrots + pineapple or orange

The "salads" sound suspiciously like Jello salad.

(HepMom is a believer in jello with floating veggies or fruit as salad.)
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[User Picture]From: innocentwater
2008-07-20 03:27 pm (UTC)
Completely OT, but I love your icon.
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[User Picture]From: innocentwater
2008-07-20 03:26 pm (UTC)
That last one is really sad. Geez, Hugh, do you just hate your nice-sounding parents or what?

The note reminds me of my mom, though. I should get a book like that for such a purpose.

Thanks for posting, Mmmbrains. I love finding all sorts of inscriptions in books. I found one at a library sale which threatened to curse and beat senseless the person who stole this one kid's book (I could tell it was a kid writing it). I bought it just for that.
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[User Picture]From: mmmbrains
2008-07-20 08:57 pm (UTC)
i would have too. totally.
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[User Picture]From: starfyre_dragon
2008-07-20 03:27 pm (UTC)
Aw yeah, the last one is sad. That's too bad they dont have the book anymore.
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[User Picture]From: drbunsen
2008-07-20 03:37 pm (UTC)
I'm going to have to concur with the general sentiment and:

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[User Picture]From: autoplastic
2008-07-20 03:44 pm (UTC)
maybe something happened to hugh that he couldn't keep the book

that's ever sadder, though.
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[User Picture]From: rev_mom
2008-07-20 03:45 pm (UTC)
But the book might have been left behind in a divorce or breakup...or someone borrowed it and never returned it. There's all kinds of ways that books wind up discarded.
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[User Picture]From: siddles
2008-07-20 06:40 pm (UTC)
True, but it's still a bit sad to see it separated from its original owner like that. I'm just glad it has a thoughtful owner now.
I still have books lent to me by a friend who moved away about 17 years ago and neglected to give me his new address. I hope to be able to return them to him one day. I rather liked the true story of someone who, soon after the Berlin Wall came down, returned the books they'd borrowed from a library on the other side a generation previously, just before the wall was erected.
I have a 1950s school report belonging to someone completely unknown to me, which I found inside an old book.
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[User Picture]From: werewolf_lib
2008-07-20 03:57 pm (UTC)
I always have a hard time leaving behind books with exceptional personal touches like that. Sometimes it's to my advantage -- I bought a second copy of an early 1950s Swedish-American community cookbook because it had handwritten recipes scattered throughout it and wouldn't you know, a few months later I lost the first copy!
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[User Picture]From: gatochick14
2008-07-20 04:43 pm (UTC)
That last book....so sad.
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[User Picture]From: smallerdemon
2008-07-20 04:45 pm (UTC)
My only explanation for the last book is even sadder than the person discarding it. And that is that the person it was given too died and their stuff was donated.
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