While on a recent trip home to Lincoln in the UK, I marked the calendar to visit an antique market in Castle Square and I wasn’t disappointed. It was a small but interesting gathering of stalls from local vendors and antique dealers. Among the wares on sale I spotted a vintage gladstone bag which my teenage goth self would have given her right arm for, I wanted one of those things so badly! Thirty years on, I left it for someone else.
This typewriter was pretty sweet and I thought a bargain at twenty pounds but it would not have fit in my carry on, so even though it worked, it also was left for another owner.
As cruised the stalls in search of photos and ephemera which would fit into my bag, I found these cigarette cards wrapped in a crabby old elastic band at the bottom of a box of treasures.
These old travel souvenir photo sets were in the same box and I soon had a pile forming!The 1972 London street map and The Observer book of Pond Life sealed the deal. A fiver for the lot and the stallholder gave me another Observer book for free! The Lincoln booklets came from the second hand bookshop in the Jews House on the Strait in Lincoln and the four books full of tea cards were also from the market. Boxes of tea used to come with a small card on a topic like ‘birds’, ‘space’ etc and they could be stuck into books to complete the pages. Someone had worked hard at drinking all the tea and filled these books!This next batch of books came from the Jews House shop, the market and Oxfam’s book shop in Lincoln. ‘Ships and the sea’ has some fantastic fold out pages of flags and is from 1936. The two Greek books are from the 1800’s and I just loved the cover of ‘In Praise of the Lakes’ which was published in 1953.
I will put all of this to good use, even if it sits on my shelf in my old book collection.
I hope that you are finding treasures too!
Happy Wednesday x