SUPER SALE 20% OFF Everything in Store

Super Sonic Sale starts today thru – when I decide to end it.

20% off everything in store, which would make everything $20 instead of $25

Go To: Gotcha Cha Cha on Etsy

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Ranches and Rainbows – School Book Reader 1959

Here is the last of the 4 books I bought at the thrift store the other day. It was written in 1959 by Odille Ousley. A Ginn Basic Reader.

“Foruth book in a series of Enrichment Readers, written at second-reader level. It follows the basic Second Reader, and precedes the basic Third Reader. Illustrations by: Peter Burchard, Bruno Frost, Ed Gordon, Paul Granger, Allen Johnson, Cynthia Koehler, Marie Nonnast, Tommy Shoemaker, and George Withers.

Ginn and Co., 1959. Hard pictorial cover, 6-1/4 inches wide by 8-1/2 inches tall, 191 pages.” –

Very good condition, though not one of the more interesting readers I have in my collection.

Frye’s Grammar School Geography 1902 Michigan & Wisconsin

Yeah, this one was probably a mistake. REALLY messed up condition. Some of these pictures were so cool, but not that many, and I don’t think I can frame them. I did call the Milwaukee Public Library yesterday to see if they were interested the book I blogged about yesterday, and they gave me a number to call, and I am too nervous to call, but I will call next week. Any idea’s what to do with this book?

1891 Welch’s System of Classification, Gradation and Close Supervision

“Consisting of Permanent Record and Duplicate Reports”

This was another of the books I bought at the thrift store the other day. It is very old, it is in pretty bad condition. The cover is marbled, but very faded and banged up. It is still bound, but barely. I loved how old it was, and the handwriting, and that it is a record of students over 100 years ago. Do you think a library would want something like this or is it considered trash? I think I will call and find out.

Procured Lately

GWEN FROSTIC made this beautiful book on a letter press:

1958. She is a member of the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame and has a beautiful studio in upper Michigan, which has a shop a conservatory.  She passed away in 2001. I found this book at the thrift store, in the “antique” area. I bought 3 other old books, and not sure I should have because the condition goes from OK to terrible. I will be posting these the next few days and you can see what you think.


So have I told you I love old books? Spending some time at an old library at our local JCC, lots of beautiful old books, and I found several of them to have marbled edges and endpapers. They were works of art.

Then there is this brand new book I just bought at Barnes and Noble:

Looks like leather, but it is pleather; embossed; and marbled end papers. A Ribbon is part of the binding, to use as a book mark. Why can’t books be made like this anymore? The answer to that, is that it was made in China, which is probably the only way to make it affordable.

Marbling doesn’t look too difficult to attempt, so I think I am going to have to try it, soon.

This website looked interesting: BUT they mentioned the use of “animal pancreas” as part of the materials needed. I can’t do that because I am a vegetarian!