In my first bookshelf tour I showed off my display-type shelf on a wall in my bedroom. In this post, I’m going to be showing off a shelf which is definitely more functional than the first one. I keep most of my mysteries and quite a few classics on this shelf. I’m excited to show off some of my vintage book collections!
Here is an overview of the first two shelves on the bookcase.
The first shelf is just all my Trixie Belden books. I have a serious addiction to collecting all of these books. If I see one for a good deal, I’ll pick it up! I have most of the copies in the series in several different editions each.
This book, The Mystery of the Galloping Ghost, is the final book in the Trixie Belden series and sells for upwards of 80 dollars on Amazon/Ebay. My lovely friend found it at a thrift store in her area and got it for me for a dollar!!
I double-stack the books on the shelf because there are a lot of them. 😛 Behind the ones on the first shelf are . . . more Trixie Belden books! What a surprise. 😂 Behind the books to the left are more Trixies, but they are the newer editions from the early 2000’s.
Now moving down to the second shelf, first we have all these Cherry Ames books. These are reprints from the Vermont Country Store. Cheaper and easier than buying the original vintage copies.
Behind the Cherry Ames books and more Trixie Beldens (plus some Nancy Drew Files books from the 80’s) are my classic Nancy Drews! These are mostly from when I was younger — I loved reading them from the age of 8-10 and they are what inspired my love for mysteries. I still pick one up every now and then when I need a comfort read!
On the third shelf are all of my Little House books. The Little House series was another staple from my childhood, so I own all the original books as well as some Martha and Rose volumes. (And there’s also a random copy of Alice in Wonderland there which we are ignoring. 😂)
This is the fourth shelf on the bookcase, which is probably the most disorganized. I have a large variety of mysteries (mostly Agatha Christie) and also a collection of Janette Oke books. I don’t really read Janette Oke anymore, but I got most of these for free from the library so I thought “Why not?”
One thing I love about Agatha Christie is she has been a staple in home libraries for years, and so you can get editions of her books from any decade in the last 70 years. It’s fun to see how the covers are products of their time, but the writing itself remains timeless.
Behind the Agatha Christie books are all my Anne books! I love this series, although I haven’t read all of it (yet!) I have this boxed set and then to the right I have more editions of the books, many of which were my mom’s when she was younger.
The fifth and final shelf! This shelf consists of more vintage juvenile mysteries. To the left (you can’t see them) is my small Hardy Boys collection, some more 80s Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books, a couple Applewood Nancy Drew books, two vintage Annette books, and more Nancy Drew books.
I have a boxed set of these gorgeous editions of the first few Nancy Drew books. They have nothing different about them except the cover design, but that’s enough for me to buy them. 😂
Behind all these is my collection of Boxcar Children books. This is another series that inspired my love for mysteries when I was younger, and I own most of the earlier volumes. I also have my small collection of Bobbsey Twins books. Some of them were my grandmother’s when she was younger. 🙂
And there we have it! Phew! I admire you if you read all of this! As you can see, this is where my book-buying problem is in full-force. My favorite thing about vintage books is that they are like a little capsule in time. Someone read them and enjoyed them a long time ago, and now I have them to enjoy, as well. It’s really cool to me. 🙂
I hope you guys enjoyed! See you next week!