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Subject: What to do with 1970s Craft Books ?
Date Posted: 2/8/2013 4:41 PM ET
Member Since: 12/9/2009
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I have a few retro craft books (from my neighbor's yard sale) to trade - some examples in my etsy store here, but some are not listed

http://www.etsy.com/shop/prettycheap/search?search_query=craft+book&order=date_desc&view_type=list&ref=shop_search

Any interest in a trade or make me an offer?

Thx, Nina

Date Posted: 2/15/2013 8:04 AM ET
Member Since: 7/10/2011
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Things like that are so hard to handle.  They are too old to be interesting to most.  However, I think their value is in the history they contain. 

I had a set of sewing books from the 70s, so cool with all different covers in 70s prints and colors.  One was orange corduroy, one was green leather, one was a paisley print, each one was different and there were 24 of them.  I didn't want to store them anymore, but giving them to FOL sale would have either broken up the set or they would have been thrown into a paper recycle bin.  Goodwill would have thrown them away due to their age.

What I did was put a notice on Freecycle asking responders to convince me that they were the best curator of these books, and would appreciate their value.  One requirement was that the responder must agree never to throw them away or allow them to be destroyed, and when they were no longer able to keep the books, that they find someone else that would preserve them.  I got more responses than I thought I would, and selected a lady who was maintaining a library in her home of home arts books.   She was also beginning to learn sewing, and those techniques don't change much.    I felt good that the books were going to be preserved and enjoyed by someone that would appreciate them.

Date Posted: 2/15/2013 11:06 AM ET
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Thx, love this idea and wonderful explanation.
Date Posted: 2/15/2013 6:25 PM ET
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Thanks, glad to help.

Just for fun, I tried to find some of those books, just so you could see the funky covers.  Here are a few of them - The Classic TechniquesExotic Styling, Creative Design, Basic Tailoring, The Personal Touch, The Sporting Scene.  Gotta love tweed and print fabric covers and orange corduroy!