Pre-Owned Tales

by Stefani on 17-January-2008

I think that I’m going to be one of those little old ladies that dies surrounded by her stacks and stacks of books. They’ll have to dig me out, and then spend weeks on end carting away all my horded tomes.

It is just really hard for me to part with a book that I love.

I get kind of invested in the story and it feels wrong somehow to just cast it off.

So, I troll Goodwill and estate sales for bookshelves… but mostly, I just end up finding, you got it, MORE BOOKS!

You people are no help at all, either. You’ve all got such great book recommendations on your side bars! Do you not know that you’re serving to enable my obsession?

And then, sweet Amber sent me one of her gorgeous bookmarks. It’s such a dear, sweet little thing, that I just grin and grin every time I open my book. (You guys had better keep a close eye on Amber’s site, because she’s about to open a shop, and if her little photo glimpses are any indication, it’s going to be completely delicious!)

So, when my oldest, who was just reading his first ever chapter book (the original Boxcar Children), asked for a bookmark, I had to try to make him something special. Then, of course, his brother demanded one for his daily reader.

Currently on The Side Table

(the sweet mushroom is Amber’s)

Then came one for a friend…

For Molly

It’s so much fun, that I fear I’m going to now die surrounded by not just books, but stacks of books, each with their own lovely little embroidered mark!

That’s where you come in, friend.

I was thinking that perhaps a few of you would be interested in a little swap of sorts. Nothing fancy or complicated, you’d just get paired up, and trade a book that you’ve finished, and a handmade bookmark. Maybe even a few kids would like to participate?

I think I could stand to part with a book, if I knew that it would be passed on to someone else who would read and perhaps love it the way I had. I know that my boys would get a huge kick out of swapping books and making bookmarks for other kids too. At least then we’d get a new story each, without having added to the stacks.

So, if you’re interested in such a thing, just leave a comment saying that you’d like to join in, and if you have kids that would like to participate, their names and ages as well. I’m going to leave it open until say, the end of next week, then I’ll email you with your partner’s name and email address. Afterwards, you can talk amongst yourselves about the details of swapping. Sound good?

And now, I’m braving the frigid night to meet a girlfriend and see Juno! YAY!

Be warm, all!

Eren January 17, 2008 at 5:05 pm

Im in…and my three littles. Have a great girl’s night. Im having one here too. Maggie and Ambre are on their way over with a bottle of wine. Its been one of “those” days for all three of us. Sure wish were all closer. However that would make it an all out party and its not the weekend…yet.

Sarah Jackson January 17, 2008 at 5:10 pm

I’m so in. I too am buried in books. I have such a love/hate relationship with the library. More books! I have to give them back? No! Library fines. Wash, rinse, repeat.

Enjoy Juno! Email me tomorrow – I’m dying to talk to someone about it. Someone who will get how I’m feeling about that movie.

Diane January 17, 2008 at 6:03 pm

I’m in, too! And the children… What fun! And as long as we’re confessing, I have library fines, too. Not a small amount.

Deirdre January 17, 2008 at 6:29 pm

I’d like to play–and my son Aidan, almost 6.

I’ve finally gotten over library fines…now I just consider them my way of supporting our local library:-)

We just saw Juno last night. So refreshing. And, being 8 months preggo myself, I was bawling at the end (but then again…just about any movie can make me cry right now).

prairie daze January 17, 2008 at 6:37 pm


and my three kids.

get ready for some hot glue action, i fear. the older two have their own.

kids are 9, 6, 2. i am adult-ish

Bluebirdbaby January 17, 2008 at 7:55 pm

The Boxcar children! It was my first chapter book too. I remember sitting on the stairs and reading every page until it was finally finished. It took me all day long, but I was so proud 🙂

Maria R January 17, 2008 at 8:03 pm

I’ve just delurked to say we are in. My dd who is 10 (okay, almost) would like to participate…and make her own marker…GREAT IDEA!

Molly January 17, 2008 at 8:33 pm

(My father told me eating in my dining room is like having breakfast in Barnes and Noble… some day, Stefani, you are going to get a hankering for the North Woods, and you are going to visit me, and I will show you and you will smile and be in heaven or maybe you’ll just fall over–who knows.)

I’m in. And I’m going to become an “aunt” soon, does that count? I’m in charge of books in this kid’s life… 🙂 Such a fun duty!

Anne January 17, 2008 at 8:38 pm

Count me in and the little ones. This is a great idea.

Amber January 17, 2008 at 8:44 pm

What a fabulous idea!! I’d love to participate, along with my two kids (ages 9 & 11).

Thank you for your kind words—so sweet. I’m so happy to see the little bookmark being used by such an avid reader ;-)!!

Also, thank you for the suggestion of Opal Whiteley on my blog. I ordered the book from the library today—can’t wait to read it!

leslie January 17, 2008 at 10:08 pm

yes yes, me and the two littles are in.
good idea!

Amber January 17, 2008 at 10:42 pm

Umm..ok, my first ever swap. I’m a little nervous about it. And I’ll add in my 3 eldest…ages 10, 7, and 5.
Yeah – more books…we love them!

Emily January 18, 2008 at 4:10 am

Oh my goodness, we just love books here!! I’d love to join and I know that my 3 boys would to. They are Edmund, Chaz and Topher (nearly 11, nearly 9 and 7)

Barbara January 18, 2008 at 5:44 am

Reading and crafts sounds great. I would love to join in as would my 10 year old daughter.We’re in the UK though if that works for someone?

erin January 18, 2008 at 5:49 am

of course we are doing this.
me and the girls (6 and 8).

Tracy January 18, 2008 at 8:08 am

That is a lovely idea. I’m not sure I can part with my books though, I tend to horde them too. Let me think on it and I’ll get back to you.

brit January 18, 2008 at 9:31 am

I’m in!

Sarah January 18, 2008 at 10:23 am

What a great idea! We have some very well loved books that we’d love to share. My fiance has two kids, aged 10 and 7.

Kate January 18, 2008 at 11:20 am

Oh, I wan in too… and my daughter Samantha, she is 9! Thanks!

molly January 18, 2008 at 11:47 am

We are in for this swap. Avery, 7, Aidan, 5, Molly, 31. haha. I rearranged Aidan’s room and pulled all of his books off the shelf. We have to go through them before we reshelve, but what a dreaded chore! I have a horrible time getting rid of books, though I love to pass really good ones on to friends, which is why I buy multiple copies of certain titles when I run across them at thrift stores, used book sales, etc. I’m in the mood for a good book (any recommendation?) and I can’t wait to see Juno.

Kris January 18, 2008 at 1:45 pm

I’m in and my 7tog, Lucy
~ swaps are the best!

Paige January 18, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Cool – count me in, along with my kids ages 2 and 8. We love books!

Jade January 19, 2008 at 6:15 am

What parallel lives we lead. I’ve been on craigslist all week trying to find a new bookshelf for the kids books. We are busting at the seems and I can’t seem to stop buying books.

I blame it on the blogs too! Do you know how many new books I’ve bought because of those sidebars!!!

I’d love to participate! Kiddos age 1 and 3.

Susan January 19, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Fun, fun idea! I’d love to play! So, it’s me (a grown mama), my daughter (3) and son 1(1). Thanks!

Ellie January 19, 2008 at 8:46 pm

Count me in. An adult swap – not sure I can part with any kids books at the moment! (My Mum “lent” a lot of our childhood ones to some younger cousins and we never got them back. We’re still devistated by the loss of our early loves….). But I’m sure I can part with a few adult loves.

Heather W January 20, 2008 at 6:54 am

I am in!!! I would like to add my two boys ages 1 and 4 as well =)

heather January 20, 2008 at 11:07 am

please count me in! and my daughter emily, age 10. wonderful idea – especially for this housebound time of year…

Molly January 20, 2008 at 2:39 pm

What a great idea! My children will participate, but I’m not currently able (willing) to part w/ any books of my own. Maybe someday……

Heather January 22, 2008 at 7:29 am

We would love to join. My children are Eamon 4.5 and Aine 3.

Courtney January 22, 2008 at 10:53 am

I’d *love* to join in … I even have a bookmark collection that would love a new addition : )

So … Courtney (grown-up) and 2 kids (Maya 10, Benja 7).


greenemother March 3, 2008 at 6:00 am

I would love to join in as well! I would, if you don’t mind, like to do an adult swap.

Susana March 31, 2008 at 7:18 am

I keep scrolling back through your archives, amazed, in love with how you capture nature with your lense, wishing you were my neighbour, thrilled for your children’s nature school.

Lovely slices of your lives you serve up. I’ll be back for seconds, thirds…your new fan, Village Mama

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