I love my local library. Where else can you go to touch and read books for hours at a time, with no worry of a grumpy retail clerk giving you crusties for taking up space?
From a thrift perspective, it doesn't get much more thrifty than the library! You can check out books, DVDs and CD's for free, so there's no buyers regret when you get them home and realize the item is not what you thought it was.
Lately, I've been on a craft and cookbook kick, which led me to this gem:
I have checked this book out four times already this year, each time renewing as many times as I can. I think it might be time I lay down some money for this one! I love the retro feel of all of Amanda Blake Soule's projects and I love that she encourages re-purposing over buying new fabric. She's very focused on family, so most of the projects have a family heirloom feel that I just love. Soule makes everything from cloth diapers to quilts to children's toys and gives you ideas on how to personalize each project for your family.
Just yesterday I checked out this book:
This one, by Betz White, is a lot more funky and has an environmental edge to it. White even has an entire section devoted to how to thrift: what materials to look for, how to spot stains, moth-eaten wool and other tell-tale signs of a poor purchase. A gal after my own heart!
I think my favorite project is the auto sunshade made out of CapriSun pouches! So funky and useful!
Both books give you the patterns to copy and blow up, as you see fit.
If you live in my area, you can check both of these titles out from our local library (Once I've returned them, of course! )
And if these books aren't your cup of tea, I encourage you to go to your local library anyway!
Surely you'll find something to fall in love with!
A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.