Thursday, June 4, 2009

Meant to be

It's no secret.  I love a good yard sale.  Actually, I love anything second hand - yard sale, thrift store, antique shop, flea market, hand-me-downs, Salvo, Goodwill, you name it!  Forget the expensive upscale antique markets.  The junkier (is that a word?) the better, I hate to say!  Maybe it's the thrill of the hunt?  Finding treasure in trash? Recycling - I say!!

As I was web surfing this week I came across a post on Under the Big Blue Sky .  She had posted a movie trailer for Julie and Julia  (based on the book by Julie Powell) that should be coming out later this summer.  After watching the clip, I realized I had picked up the book months ago for $1.99 at a thrift shop and had it in the avalanche of "to-read" books on my night stand.   Last night I pulled it out and started to read it.  So far it is wonderful!

My mom and I got up early this morning and went to our neighbor's annual garage sale.  It has to be one of my all time favorite sales.  They don't price anything and accept a "donation" for what ever you pull out of the rubble.  The proceeds are donated to our local children's hospital.  Every year they post a sign with how much money they raised.  Last year the sign read over $11,00

I pulled Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume I off one of the tables this morning.  If I hadn't started reading Julie and Julia, I would have walked right by it.  Julie's book is based on this collection of recipies.  I flipped open the jacket cover and the previous owner had written her name and the date on the inside.  It was my EXACT birthday - even down to the year!  This book was meant to be mine.  Maybe we'll have Potage Parmentier for dinner tonight.... 

11 comments:

underthebigbluesky said...

glad to have done my part. i have never tried to master the art of french cooking, but will maybe try.

i love funky, coincedences like that and i love the book, what a find.

we have a junky flea market barn here that i like to peruse, usually i don't get anything, but every once in a while i find a treasure. right now we are in clean out mode so no new treasures.

gardenmama said...

Yes! I agree, the "junkier" the better! It is exciting to find hidden treasures buried away that maybe no one else has come across in quite some time : ) I went hunting at an rustic style antique barn yesterday, I was pretty much in heaven lol

Bath Daily Photo Blog said...

loving the car boot sales over here, going to one on sunday so will think of you and photograph my finds!! love the book! so great about the date thing too!

June said...

Serendipity! Our favorite wedding gift was "Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home," inscribed to us by Julia Child herself. I am SO anxious to see the new movie. Will you please keep us posted on the book? I may need to add it to my own bedside avalanche...hmm.

dmoms said...

yard sales on a Thursday? nice. I love finding treasures to me too.

Michelle said...

What a great find! That is so cool! I read the same post at underthebigbluesky and immediately went to my library online and put the book on hold. It came in today! I can't wait to start reading it.

I totally agree with you...finding junky treasures is the ultimate in recycling! Hey, we're just doing our part, right?

I got The Art of French Cooking a few summers ago at a yard sale...FREE! They were packing up and wanted to get rid of it. Thanks!

Michelle said...

And I keep meaning to tell you...I LOVE your blog header. Did you create that yourself? It's wonderful!

Camie said...

Hello friend...thrifted cookbooks are one of my favorite finds - they're a social/historical commentary rolled into a tasty package...

Nancy said...

How cool is that? The buying a 2nd hand book and your birthdate is inscribed in it. Like you said, 'it's meant to be.' I have yet to read the Julie & Julia book but I hope to read it before I see the movie.

Thank you for stopping by. And, I'm so glad you found humor in that beekeeping link I left at dmoms place. I found it to be hilarious.

Michelle said...

Hi there...I just HAD to come and comment about Sara Midda...I've got her book! I've had it for years. And just the other day I found one at the used book store that I'm going to give as a gift. I LOVE the illustrations. And I love YOUR sketches too...oh my goodness. Do you sell your art anywhere? If not...you should because your banner is amazing...truly. I'm a bit envious!

The Hip Homemaker said...

This is one of my favorite "foodie" books. "Mastering..." was one of the first cook books that got me really excited about food.