October 23, 2008

Vintage Stores and BookCrossing.

I have never been much for shopping at second hand stores. I always found them a bit creepy. The thought of wearing clothes that others have worn or even handling items that someone else has used was very distant to me. However, this all changed, when I met a book loving Irishman that introduced me to a new way of living, where recycling is an every day occurrence. He recently brought my attention to a delightful site perfect for anyone that loves books, called BookCrossing. Here members can share books freely, by leaving them at particular points in a city where they live, or in a foreign city to which they travel, for that matter, for someone else to pick them up. Making connection with people all over the world through books is such a very captivating idea.
Therefore today, anything vintage is intriguing to me. Of course, I have a somewhat romantic and very bohemian style, which makes it a bit easier. But nevertheless, I cannot wait to visit flea markets or any kind of stores dealing with re-used merchandise. Re-cycling things seems now so rewarding to me. Instead of throwing something away, I like the thought of it becoming useful in someone's hands or home.


Diane said...

I'm sort of like you were with second-hand stuff... but it's more about the patience it takes to find a 'great find'. I hate to shop! I'm one of those, 'I need now so I'm going to get it NOW and they'd better have it right where I look the first time because NO browsing will occur!' types :).

That said, when Ryan was little, I used to sell her stuff to a second-hand kids' shop and I picked up a few bargains there, too.

PS... love the pink top/dress(?)... cool pattern!!

Zuzana said...

Diane, when you come and visit, I will take you to stores that will change your mind.
Yes, it is a top.:) Thank for your’s -as always- wonderful comment.:)

Donna said...

I love second hand shops! Bargains and recycling all at the same time.

Love your selection of second-hand fashion!


Zuzana said...

Thank you Donna for all the lovely comments, I always enjoy when you stop by.

Diane said...

There's an award waiting for you over at my place :)

Holly said...

I am a treasure hunter myself. There is nothing better than a second hand-vintage find, because you know that you are the only one who has anything of it's kind.

Melanie Gillispie said...

Well, first I guffawed at your first couple of sentences and totally agreed with you about wearing other people's clothes. But that book idea is great! I really, really like it. I'm going to check out that website. You know what's great to get at second-hand/thrift stores? Frames! They cost almost nothing and you can paint them whatever color you need!

Zuzana said...

Holly, that is an excellent point and I have been thinking the same.:)
Mel, I have bought many frames this way, which is particularly of interest to me, as I love to display photographs and pictures all over my house.:)