When I was a little girl, we didn’t have very many books in our home. I had one book (that I actually still have but it is really fragile and tattered) that was all about horses and dogs. I loved that book and it was one of my treasured possessions. The only other book that I remember from my childhood is a book of fairy tales (and I still have that one, too, but it is in really bad shape!) that had beautiful pictures on the cover. All of the images inside were just sketches, but they surely helped a little girl’s imagination “see” all those stories! My favorite fairy tale was Rapunzel because I loved her long hair . . . I wasn’t so enamored with the story itself, but I certainly dreamed of having long, flowing hair like Rapunzel did!
So when I got old enough to go to the school library, I thought I was in “book heaven”! I would sit on the floor, back in the corner of that old school library, on the cold black and white tile floor, with the smell of books and old wood enveloping me, and I was amazed at the number of books . . . all in that one room! I remember finding the tiny Ant and Bee books back in that corner of the school library, and every week when our class had library day, I would bring back one Ant and Bee book and take out another one. I read them over and over and over!
When I was all grown up and could actually buy a book or two now and then, I began collecting books. You can never have too many books, is my philosophy in life! And so now we have shelves that are filled with books that are old and new, fiction and non-fiction, history, philosophy, poetry, short stories, kids’ books, vintage books, text books, Bibles and commentaries, and every kind of book imaginable. We have so many books now that we don’t have enough shelf space for all of them, so some of the older books that I want to keep safe are stored in boxes in my sewing room where they are kept dry and cozy and safe.
Of course, as much as I love books, I have always thought it would be great fun to own a book store. We used to drive around in the summer time and visit old, vintage book shops where I found all kinds of treasures . . . like The Little Flowers of St. Francis of Assisi. But alas, it takes a good amount of money to invest in filling up the shelves of a book store, so that is probably never going to happen in my life time. So when I discovered that I could create my very own little online book shop, that seemed like the perfect solution! Here at Vintage Mama’s Book Shoppe you will find a wide variety of books on all kinds of topics from classics, to Biblical studies, to DIY and crafting, artists’ books, and gardening books, and history, philosophy, theology, and all kinds of things that I would love to own. But since I can’t own them all, they are here in my little online book shop just in case you would like to purchase one or two for your family’s book shelves.
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you find what you are looking for, and if there is something special that you want, I will see if I can find it for you. Welcome to Vintage Mama’s Book Shoppe!
The November 2018 issue of RUBY magazine is available in print!