Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Practical Skills Thrift Store Find

Practical Skills

I love searching out thrift shops for books.  Unless it is truly a collector
item for me, I normally don't pay the cover price; therefore, when
I pass one of the many thrift stores on my hour drive home from work,
I occasionally stop in to check out the shelves.  I'll check for anything
that I am missing in a series, look for great mysteries and then give 
a little peek at the history and non-fiction section.

I came across Gene Logsdon's Practical Skills and thought it looked interesting.

There is a little bit of everything from how to make household items,
sewing and needle work,

building rock walls plus gardening and livestock tips.

I have several books, some dating back to the 1800's.
We find they are still useful today, in fact, we had to refer
to an old cookbook when processing our pork because the
modern recipes were dependent on the pork being already cured.

I would like to make a schedule of Learning To Do activities
from making hardtack to braiding (small) rugs or more primitive
gardening techniques.  One of the bloggers, Sunnybrook Farm,
always amazes me with the skills he has developed.  I love reading
about restoring the old buildings, oxen training, museum exhibits 
and his trips to Black Dog Salvage, somewhere I will make sure to visit 
if I ever get to his neck of the woods.

I saw The Folk School ad in Mary Jane's Farm magazine.  It's too far
from home and out of my reach but it would be so much fun to take a 
week or weekend class.  You can enroll for a weekend or a week long
class in a wide variety of subjects from blacksmithing to rug making, 
needlework, weaving, dance and many other subjects. 

I better get started on that list!


Lisa said...

Great find! I love looking for old books at thrift stores.
Keep us posted on that list. I need to keep learning old things!

Sandra said...

I love a great thrift store fine :)

Lady Locust said...

What a find. I too think it would be fun to head over to Farm School for a spell:)

Harry Flashman said...

That looks like something I want for my preparedness library. I will see if I can find a copy on Amazon.

Powell River Books said...

That's a great find. I have two wonderful thrift stores in Powell River and the items turn over quickly in both. One only handles items from local donations, the other brings in items from other stores since it is a "chain," but a good kind that has the profits go to Mennonite charities. The other local one has all of its profits go to the hospital. So I feel great about getting quality products at a low price, and know my money is going to good causes. - Margy