Saturday, October 04, 2003

October Flea Market Finds

October flea markets and estate sales are usually rich with bargain treasures, and today was no exception. With a Starbucks French Roast in one hand and Yahoo maps in the other, I got an early start to browsing for cookbooks and kitchen tools to add to my collection or sell on eBay. My finds were exceptional: ninety pieces of lovely antique William Rogers silver flatware for an astounding $10; a garlic press, professional meat thermometer, an attractive top-quality stainless steel carving set and an oversized Pyrex baking dish all for $6; and two sets of 1960s fondue forks in their original boxes for fifty cents each. I couldn't resist two fascinating old books at seventy-five cents each: "Bedside Book of Famous French Short Stories," published in 1945 with stories by Honore De Balzac, Guy de Maupassant, Emile Zola, George Sand and Jean-Paul Sartre, and "Sex in Civilization," a 682-page volume published in 1929, featuring a thought-provoking diversity of viewpoints and essays on women, Christianity, sexuality, marriage and society.

It was great fun!

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