The Virginian~ A Thrifty Vintage Find!

While at a thrift store, I was checking out the books. Okay, if you guys think I have a gazillion dishes (which I do LOL), I am just as bad with books. Seriously, it's frightening to see just my "to be read" piles (note..plural!)

So, I never leave a thrift store without going through the books section. So, I grabbed one of the stores' dining room chairs that was for sale and plopped myself down in the book section and started going through books.

First I started with the children's books. I found several to keep the princess occupied while I browsed. The next thing I know, she is reading to me! She is two! I immediately jumped up and called Troy! I told him that I was serious. I looked at the book. I looked at the words and sure enough those were the words she was reading!

I am having visions of news teams from all of the country interviewing me to find out what MY secret was for teaching a 2 year old to read! I saw money pouring in from the book deal! Yeah, yeah, I know....it was all about ME! LOL

Troy asked me what book it was. I told him and he informed me that was one of the books they have been reading every night before bed. He got it out of a big box of books that friends gave us.

Dang! I already had a vision of my new butlers pantry, in my new home, with my new butler.

Okay, I sooooo got off the track. Back to my little vintage find.

I found this little red copy of The Virginian. I have never read it and neither has Troy so I thought it would be a fun read plus I just loved the book itself.



Here is a little info..

The Virginian (sometimes titled The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains) is a pioneering Wild West novel by the American author Owen Wister, published in 1902. The copyright has long since expired, and it is available on the Internet. The book was dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt, a good friend of Owen Wister

Source: Wikipedia



.......Ostensibly a love story, the novel really revolves around a fictionalized version of the Johnson County War in 1890s Wyoming. The real Johnson County War was a dispute between large ranchers and smaller operators over cattle theft. The novel takes the side of the large ranchers, and depicts the lynchings as frontier justice, meted out by the protagonist, who is a member of a natural aristocracy among men......




The book is in really good condition. It appears to have been handed down a few time.










Now head over to check out what Sue is showing us for Rednesday and then tomorrow visit Suzanne for Vintage Thingie Thursday!

46 comments :

  1. What timing! I just spent about 6 hours today trying to organize my study and trying to decide what to do with the PILES of books (most to be read) EVERYWHERE! I just can't give up a book! Maybe we should do a blogger's library and pass them around! LOL
    xoxo Pattie

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  2. I always hit the book section, sometimes I find great cookbooks, I have an antiques booth and they sell well. I think this will be a great read!

    Carol

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  3. Books have always been so interesting to me. It is so fun to look through old books, and find a little treasure now and then :-)

    Jocelyn
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

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  4. Sounds like we're all a bunch of biblioholics! I never read that one - will make a mental note to look for it.

    P.S. - I haven't mailed the napkin yet - too lazy to go to the P.O. I guess!

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  5. I bet she will read early! I love books, always have! I have so many I can't keep track of them. I love the old one's and that book you found looks interesting! I found some old books written by an author from New Orleans in th 50's, still in my TBR pile!

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  6. Cool! I love old books. Especially when it is a book that I want to read! :)

    ~Liz

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  7. i enjoy looking at books when i go to thrift stores and antique shops. i love poetry books as well as cookbooks, although I'm not the best cook. i think i have heard about the book you are reading. rose

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  8. What a treasure.. It's so nice to find another who loves books. I have many andI keep adding although I have yet to read many of them.. My daughter once said i should go on a book diet and not purchase any more until I read those I have..

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  9. Hi, I happened to pick up a few red books at SA this week, but I did not post them tonight, maybe next week. Love your book, have a fun Rednesday!
    Hugz,
    Kim

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  10. The book section is my favorite I have several amazing books from my local thriftstore. I love the vintage books, love the drawings.

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  11. Diann, Although books have a story to tell, old books have more than one story to tell. I love seeing the names written in them, and sometimes the message from a gift giver. I assume the Western t.v. series "The Virginian" was based on this book.. What a neat find. laurie

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  12. I LOVE old books...thanks for sharing...it looks great!!!! Mica/The Child's Paper

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  13. LOL....that is so cute!!!! And I love that book! Whenever I pick up a book like that I wonder who has had it before me...and you even know some of their names! Great post!

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  14. Diann,

    What a great find! Sounds like an interesting book. I just love old books...usually good reads and lots of times great to decorate with to!

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  15. Sounds like an interesting book. I too always check the book section and have a 'few' piles ready to be read. Maybe if I stopped reading blogs I could get through a few books in the pile!!

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  16. I love old books...yours is red and wonderful....blessings

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  17. I just found your blog through ABC Wednesday and I love it! I shall return often to enjoy all your thrifty finds - I wish we had Salvation Army and Goodwill where I live!!!
    Have a great rest of the week, greetings from Mexico~

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  18. Love old books. I can't get enough of them.

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  19. I'm so sorry your visions of wealth and fame didn't come true! What a funny story! That's a great old book you found. Not only does it look good, it actually sounds like it would be interesting to read too!
    Happy REDnesday!
    Carol

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  20. I love old books too! I don't have time to read much but I sure like to use them in my decor. Thanks for your kind comments. I really wasn't trying to be super woman. I think I was wigged out on medicine and forgot about my incisions. Ouch! Will not do that again.

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  21. What a great book, and a great find!
    I wanted to let you know I got the square salad plates Old Britain Castles on ebay for $3.99 each! They actually came from replacements.com, on ebay. I thought they were a good buy. I think with the shipping it cost me around $20 or $25 for 4.

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  22. A wonderful find ! I love books too,but my daughter spends most of her time in the thrift book section . She is always still looking long after me & my granddaughter are ready to go . lol Great Rednesday Post !
    Blessings,
    ~Myrna

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  23. Neat book, Diann. Happy REDnesday~

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  24. Speaking of books and children. When we were selling our first home, my daughter was 4. The realtor came over to see the house for the first time. While we were in my daughter's bedroom, she saw the little bookcase overflowing with books and asked how many children I had. I said just the one. She says, all those books for one child! Yup. Our family loves books. I would not buy every toy that she wanted, but I could never say no to buying a book. Have a great day. Sorry about the butler.

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  25. You're so cute, loved the story about your daughter! :)

    I love old books! I wonder if that book is what inspired the old TV show "The Virginian"? (no doubt giving away that I'm old as dirt with that mention teehee!)

    Happy Rednesday,
    Sally

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  26. Hi Diann,
    You are so funny! I had the same experience with one of my girls, and then found out her sister had been reading and re-reading the book to her. She had memorized it. But I was excited anyway!!
    I love old books, new books, any kind of books - but real ones not the internet kind!!
    I want to feel leather and paper, and smell the musty smell of an old book or the brand new smell of a new one. What can I say, I'm addicted!!
    Thanks for dropping by and for leaving such a nice comment.Perhaps you'll join Wednesday Gratitude next time, I'd love to have you.
    XO
    Heidi - Heart and Home

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  27. I just love the graphics found in vintage books. Great find.

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  28. Hi Diann~I loved your story! Also, don't feel bad about having stacks of books, I'm that way but with magazines that I buy from the Friends of the Library used bookstore. I purchase them by the stacks for 10 cent each...I'm going to read them all one day, tear out the recipes and decorating ideas, make everyone of those recipes and use the ideas in my home, yeah right!!
    Fondly,
    Ann
    @
    The Tattered Tassel

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  29. I agree about always checking out the book section. You never know what treasures you may find!
    Happy Rednesday!
    Blessings,
    Jo

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  30. I love vintage books! Especially ones with red covers!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  31. What a great book. I really love the red cover, these types of books are great to use as decor once you get to read it!! Have a great VTT!

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  32. I love, love, love books. And vintage is even better.

    I'm visiting from the Coloradolady. Please stop by my place for a visit and peek at the details for the three linky parties I'm starting up the first week of June.

    Have a great Memorial weekend!

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

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  33. I learned my cat that too.

    I buy too many books at my library's used book store.

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  34. What a cool book! Wasn't that an old black & white TV series, or maybe it was a movie? I often skip the book section of thrift stores, but now you've got me interested in spending some time there.

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  35. We have too many books, too -- well -- never too many!
    Congrats on your little girls starting to read so young.
    Happy REDnesday.

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  36. love vintage/old books.. they really do add charms on any vignettes.. and your books are just awesome! happy VTT

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  37. That is so neat...I love old books! I hear you on the TBR piles...I've got a whole shelf devoted to TBRs!

    Have a great VTT!

    Sarah

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  38. I'm very interested in books, old and new. Your book is beautiful. I remember the b/w TV series The Virginian from the time we didn't have a TV set so I used to watch it at my best friend's house.

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  39. As a homeschool family, we are BIG into books. I need more book and more dish room. Your find is a treasure :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  40. How funny and it was one of those easy come,easy go moments. Sorry about the butler.LOL
    I love books and I find a lot of good ones at garage sales and GW.
    Hubby tells me I don't have room for anymore.
    I also pass them on to my sils who also love to read.
    Have a great weekend.

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  41. What a fascinating book find!

    Your daughter will go far getting her reading lessons in at such a young age. Wonderful!

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  42. I read The Virginian while in high school...the impression I have is of a man alone in the world or living a lonely existence-all the wide plains around him but not many people. I remember I enjoyed it.(doesn't sound like your synopsis though). Your copy looks in pristine condition-great find!

    My kids all read young and my youngest's teacher used to tell the story of how he would collect a group of kids around him in kindergarten and be reading to them. She thought it was hilarious! :)

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  43. Love books! With overflowing, double-stacked shelves, I still buy more. Found 6 great hardbacks at a thrift store today for $4.50. The story about your daughter was cute, but keep reading to her and by the time she's four, she'll be reading on her own. Mine was!

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  44. Adorable story about your daughter- too funny! My 4 year old does the same thing, for a while I was convinced he was a genius lol!

    Happy VTT and thanks for sharing with us today!

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  45. Happy Memorial Weekend my friend…Hugs and Smiles Gl♥ria

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  46. I too have books around, lots of them. I use them to decorate with, most are very old some as old as 1800's. My mom used to collect them and now I have them. I really enjoyed reading your story. My youngest the 3yr old has a book that is read every night and he too can recite it word for word, and I still get excited about it. Have a great weekend with your company.

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