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Consignment Store Finds


So I walk into Silent Partners Consignment in Leominster determined to find an old book for my workshop with Dayle at La Cascade. We need to bring an old book, sans binding and interior pages, in order to recreate our own new book. The idea of destroying any book sends shivers up my spine. Not because I enjoy tearing apart old books but because I cringe at the idea of taking apart an old book.  Somewhere in my past is a librarian, glasses perched at the end of her nose, looking me in the eyes and telling me that books are sacred; that we don’t deface or maim books.

I’m going to some form of book defacing hell for this.

Of course no visit to any antique or consignment store would be complete without walking through the entire store, right?

The search for a book ended just inside the store where I found a fine specimen. And then the real fun began.

This particular store specializes in liquidations and they had stuff all over the place; furniture, old pictures, candlesticks, jewelry. And the items pictured below that came home with me:

Wood Shoe Forms

Wood Shoe Forms

I’ve been looking for wood shoe forms for a while. I was inspired by Susan Valyi who creates awesome sculptures from wood and resin. I wanted something a little smaller than standard adult shoe forms. Here I found a box full of shoe forms in several sizes. I liked this pair because of the heavy string loop used to pull the form out of the shoe. The loop is completely intact and still sturdy. I also like the center hole in the shoe where I imagine inserting copper tubing or a dowel to imitate legs. This piece will take some time to manifest.  The markings on the shoe forms are: E, 11 1/2, (or 11 1/2 E) and 044 on the sides.

Iron Lifters

Iron Lifters

We believe these two pieces are oven burner cover lifters (isn’t that a mouthful!) In other words, these handle-looking pieces were used to lift the burner covers off old stoves so you could light the burner. Of course I looked at them at thought “bodies”!!!! I think some apoxy sculpt is in my future.

And that book I picked up when I walked into the store was replaced by another book I found at the back of the store. I liked the way this one felt in my hands. And it was a little less expensive. At least if I’m going to book defacing hell, I might as well do it over a book that feels good in my hands.

12 thoughts on “Consignment Store Finds

  1. Sounds like vintage heaven! I know what you mean about taking an old book apart. But maybe it’s new life will be better than sitting in a shop. I love making sure old items find a new purpose, a new home.

    Can’t wait to see what you do with the burner cover lifters.

  2. Wow, Anne,

    Great finds! I found a gas burner distributor for an old gas stove at the dump one time – looks like a monstrance. I remember these stove cover lifters from when I was little and my mom cooked on a coal/wood stove. Love to dig around for such treasures.

    • Hi Becky,

      Thanks for visiting. I’m wondering now why we’re attracted to old things like this. Certainly there is the memory and possibly a fondness factor. I’m sure it reminds us of our heritage, a past life, or something similar. It also reminds us of how far we’ve come (and sometimes how some thing were made much better back then!)


  3. That shoe form is called a “last”. I have one hanging from my closet door jam. Love old things, tools etc. You found some great ones! Those stove cover lifter thingies are fabulous!

  4. Love your finds, Amy…. I have got to go there… Great wooden shoes for mixed media collage.. hmmm.. See you in a minute. J

  5. I feel the same uneasiness about book altering that you do, Amy ! But it’s so hard to get rid of old books-especially outdated textbooks! No one seems to want them. Giving an old book new life is better than throwing it away in the trash….

    • Hi Dora,

      I agree; it is better to give an old book, textbook or otherwise, new life if it can’t be recycled. Will let you know what my old book becomes in its new life.


  6. Hi Amy, Your “finds” are real treasures. I hope we will have an excellent adventure at one of my favorite French vide greniers (flea markets- literally empty the attic) soon! By the way it doesn’t have to be an old book- just an used book- even a hardback trashy novel will do- so you can pick those up usually at a thrift store or library sale area and keep your beautiful “Old” book for something else.

    • Hi Dayle,

      I’m sure we’ll have a fantastic time at the flea market. Deface a trashy novel? Mon dieu, what would Harlequin think? Not to worry, I’m ready to take apart my book. Looking forward to giving it a new life in France.


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