On a trip to the market a little while ago, I bought some vintage books from one of the stalls. Most were pretty worse for wear (I like worse for wear things, worse for wear translates as “long and interesting life” in my mind), and as I was leaving the stall holder handed me an even more worse for wear book. He said he would have just thrown it away at the end of the day otherwise.
I’ll be honest, over the last few months I’ve wondered if I should just throw it away (at the recycling centre, obviously). But I didn’t.
And I’m very glad I didn’t. Because now it is an old book made new.It’s got lots of recycled paper inside, taken from old notebooks and sketchbooks and shopping bags… … all stitched to the spine. The spine is reinforced with a scrap of vintage paisley fabric (and Mod Podge). So, thank you Mr Stallholder.
And I hope this little book doesn’t need to be thrown away for a long time yet…