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  1. Oh, can I ever relate!
    I am also a vintage/old book lover and have done exactly what you say…on my hands and knees so that I won't miss one good title/copy! I have a fine collection which will get divided and passed along to my four children when they are ready to 'fly the coop'!
    Thanks for the great tip and hope that your cupboards aren't too bare with all those fabulous finds!
    Joanne
    P.S. Get well wishes from me are posted below in your 'sick' entry…Get Well Soon!

  2. Oh, can I ever relate!
    I am also a vintage/old book lover and have done exactly what you say…on my hands and knees so that I won't miss one good title/copy! I have a fine collection which will get divided and passed along to my four children when they are ready to 'fly the coop'!
    Thanks for the great tip and hope that your cupboards aren't too bare with all those fabulous finds!
    Joanne
    P.S. Get well wishes from me are posted below in your 'sick' entry…Get Well Soon!

  3. As someone who seems to entering her second childhood, I can sympathize.Not content with reading the new editions of my old favourites, I seek out the ones that were new when I read them the first time.Enid Blyton and Arthur Ransome do pong a little, but Oh! they are so worth it.

  4. As someone who seems to entering her second childhood, I can sympathize.Not content with reading the new editions of my old favourites, I seek out the ones that were new when I read them the first time.Enid Blyton and Arthur Ransome do pong a little, but Oh! they are so worth it.

  5. Can you photograph and scan some of the interesting books for your library!?
    What I want to find from the UK is STACKS of 1930's Stitchcraft magazine. Help?!

  6. Can you photograph and scan some of the interesting books for your library!?
    What I want to find from the UK is STACKS of 1930's Stitchcraft magazine. Help?!

  7. Ummm….I knew I was wierd. I actually like that "distinctive" smell of old books. When I told my husband I wanted to buy a turn of the century house, he said, "Sure, just as long as it doesn't have that old house smell." I like that smell too.

  8. Ummm….I knew I was wierd. I actually like that "distinctive" smell of old books. When I told my husband I wanted to buy a turn of the century house, he said, "Sure, just as long as it doesn't have that old house smell." I like that smell too.

  9. I knew a lady once who loved old books and her solution was to put them out on a table in direct sunshinefor a whole day or two. I think her reason was to "disinfect" them from germs..lol…but either way, it seemed to do the trick. 🙂

  10. I knew a lady once who loved old books and her solution was to put them out on a table in direct sunshinefor a whole day or two. I think her reason was to "disinfect" them from germs..lol…but either way, it seemed to do the trick. 🙂

  11. "And all the time I try to pretend that for the most part, old books don't smell worse than Marks feet."
    PMSL @ this Alison!
    Thanks for the good tips to make old books smell better. I just got some old books and I really don't like their smell!
    Btw I'm all with you concerning the compulsive need to buy scrumptious magazines, even if sometimes I know I should better invest the money in food lol

  12. "And all the time I try to pretend that for the most part, old books don't smell worse than Marks feet."
    PMSL @ this Alison!
    Thanks for the good tips to make old books smell better. I just got some old books and I really don't like their smell!
    Btw I'm all with you concerning the compulsive need to buy scrumptious magazines, even if sometimes I know I should better invest the money in food lol

  13. now that is a trick I am going to do! Who would have thought! I wonder if all my old books can fit in our freezer? If i have to pick fresh food or new books, it will be fresh food. If I have to pick Frozen food or frozen books it will be frozen books plus ice cream!

  14. now that is a trick I am going to do! Who would have thought! I wonder if all my old books can fit in our freezer? If i have to pick fresh food or new books, it will be fresh food. If I have to pick Frozen food or frozen books it will be frozen books plus ice cream!

  15. I too am obsessed with books and buy them from every source I can,Amazon marketplace and Alibris turn up many out of print household,cookery,gardening and countryside books.Magazines also I buy even when short of money like you I cannot get enough of them.But I love the old book smell!

  16. I too am obsessed with books and buy them from every source I can,Amazon marketplace and Alibris turn up many out of print household,cookery,gardening and countryside books.Magazines also I buy even when short of money like you I cannot get enough of them.But I love the old book smell!

  17. I do the plastic bag in freezer bit, but for a week or more, and have never used the baking soda, but the longer time seems to work. Don't know where to get scented paper — I close 'em up in an airtight container with a cotton ball good and damp with lavender or other scented oil. For a while. Sometimes a long time. Sometimes I forget about them and come across them when I'm looking for something else — like discovering them all over again, only better smelling!

  18. I do the plastic bag in freezer bit, but for a week or more, and have never used the baking soda, but the longer time seems to work. Don't know where to get scented paper — I close 'em up in an airtight container with a cotton ball good and damp with lavender or other scented oil. For a while. Sometimes a long time. Sometimes I forget about them and come across them when I'm looking for something else — like discovering them all over again, only better smelling!

  19. I do the plastic bag in freezer bit, but for a week or more, and have never used the baking soda, but the longer time seems to work. Don’t know where to get scented paper — I close ’em up in an airtight container with a cotton ball good and damp with lavender or other scented oil. For a while. Sometimes a long time. Sometimes I forget about them and come across them when I’m looking for something else — like discovering them all over again, only better smelling!

  20. hi, I have a question, I'm 16, and a total germaphobe. I had just recently bought some old books, and I was so excited, but now I'm scared to read them incase they have some weird ancient disease. Is there any way to clean them/ disenfect them. Sorry if thats a stupid question.

  21. hi, I have a question, I'm 16, and a total germaphobe. I had just recently bought some old books, and I was so excited, but now I'm scared to read them incase they have some weird ancient disease. Is there any way to clean them/ disenfect them. Sorry if thats a stupid question.

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