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“I Knew A Man Bookjangles and He Read For You.”

I did a book post a few months back, so it’s about time I divulge my most recent absorptions. Let me start by saying that since graduating school a few years ago, I’ve had a lot more time to enjoy a good book. I average I’d say about a book every 2-3 weeks, or about 12-15 books a year. After you’re forced to read and write and sweat for grades in college you really do have to almost re-train yourself to enjoy reading for readings’ sake again.

All of the books pictured were purchased for under $2.99 (most were $.99 – 1.99). I’ll admit that being a visual person and a graphic designer, that it is indeed the book cover or spine that first attracts me to check out a book in a thrift store. I judge books by their covers. But aside from a pretty cool cover there are a few that fulfill two needs, like that 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea I picked up. A literary sin having never read it I know (and I will soon enough) but check out that cover and illustrations, so cool.

There were a few other visually stimulating books I picked up, like that Indian book, a book on Minneapolis’ new Guthrie Theater book, and a couple books on Crime & Punishment. The crime books feature nice illustrations and some totally gruesome content that has always fascinated me. It’s funny how only a few decades can make a bunch serial killers the butt of a volume of crime books. I’m a pretty liberal person and laugh at inappropriate times a lot. But sometimes I ponder how long it will take before 9-11 or the 35-W bridge collapse will be laughable coffee conversation material.

To wrap up I found some other misc books and mags. I found an old blank record book, not too unlike them ever-popular “Field Notes” books or those Moleskines. I also gnabbed a classic Dylan On Dylan Bob Dylan book, a stack of Readymade and Dwell magazines, a guilty pleasure of mine – an entrepreneurial/small biz book.

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Made of Space Age NASA Ceramic and Ink.

Hey party people. I’ve done some minor holiday thrifting. Like always, I picked up some of the usuals: blank t-shirts (probably about 75-80 of them) for screen and gocco printing goodness, glass apothecary jars (lots of them with “gnome tops” as I prefer), some books, yadda yadda yadda. My niche finds are pictured above. We got a cute retro squirrel planter for $1.99, I plan to make one of my baby aloe plants it’s home in there, it’s perfect size. I also scored that weird 70’s colors candy dish thing, it says it’s handmade and Japanese, $1.99. I also found a nice vintage set of acrylic salt & pepper shakers ($.99). The salt & pepper set will be put on Etsy for sale.

A few of my radder finds this time around is a pair of navy and baby blue “ROOS” or Kangaroos brand shoes in my perfect size. I had a pair of these things when I was about 4 years old. Even still has the little “stash” zipper and velcro pocket on the side. At 4 years old I wasn’t “stashin” anything but pebbles or m&m’s, my how time changes things. The Roos were $4.99! Let me also add that although Roos are nice kicks, they stil do not hold a candle to my beloved Sauconys. Next up for my graphic satiation is a stencil font book. Most of these are pretty lame and I almost passed this over but upon further review – this one was real real good. Check out some of the spreads, it makes me want to get crackin’ and vectorize some of those faces to use in projects. The booklet was $.89 cents.

It’s not often I post garments due to the fact that most of my photos blow 99% as is and are usually taken while on 3am coffee highs, but because it’s hard to show them in their essence which is on the person. Anybody want to donate an upper-body mannequin for the cause? My lady has been looking for mannequins for quite a while and would gladly pay for one – hit me up. I had to share a couple great winter-themed garments I picked up. Check out that 70’s light bike jacket, how Steve McQueen is that thing?! Also check out that comfy farm boy/hipster/midwest button up, its authentic old school not a shitty remake from Urban Outfitters nowawadays. The jacket was $3,99 and the button up was $1. 49. Also pictured is this odd “Photo Dryer” I picked up for $2.49 that you place your photo/t-shirt/etc underneath the canvas part and it clicks down and heats up to unilaterally dry whatever is in there. It works great and I tested it out while curing the ink on some prints I was gocco pressing. The only down side is that it sort of smells like a barn, orĀ  a church social if every old person were wearing a burlap farm sack.

Finally, to round out the total nerdiness of this entire post – I found and was giddy about that NASA mug. I immediately thought of giving it to my friend Rustle for xmas (if that butt-crumpet would ever hang out anymore). It reminds me of him because he digs space (who doesn’t right?) and it’s also a running theme in our fly-by-night “band” practices we hold roughly 2x a year. Russ, don’t you want your .99 cent damned NASA mug? Friends buy NASA mugs for friends.

*Also a quick thanks to Josh Peters for clarifying and correcting my banner.