Tag: Thrift Stores

sun on a painting

sun on a painting
from a thrift store
calls my attention
to look again

over time the picture
may fade a little
and change

become a new version
unique to this home

other days
the sun too bright
and long

I think things through
what can fade
what should stay
the same

December 2018

Ellen Grace Olinger

Tulip Watercolor is courtesy of Reusable Art.

warmth on a cold day

warmth on a cold day
sweaters and blankets
from thrift stores

warmth on a cold day
books and poetry journals
on shelves and a new book
on the kitchen table
from yesterday’s mail

One of the nice aspects of blogging is that I’ve learned of books by poets that are not always sold in stores – and we only have a few bookstores in our area. I also have ordered books recommended by notes and reviews in poetry print journals. Time Of Singing and WestWard Quarterly are two examples. Both journals have published poems from my blogs, and I am grateful. All works together.

I no longer review books, yet am grateful every day for the books on my shelves and by my chair. It is nice to have interests – blogs and books – that I know can stay with me through the years. When I have not been able to read, my heart has been full.

Ellen Grace Olinger

Orange Flower Border is by Margaret Armstrong
and courtesy of Reusable Art.

Poem and Photos

a small card
in a devotional book
from a thrift store

words of encouragement
from one person to another

I keep the card with the book
and its history today
and tomorrow

From my site, Poems From Psalms And Nature

Used books sometimes bring personal notes with them, or simply the name of the person who owned the book. I also like how a book that once belonged to a library has that history. Perhaps a book was discarded/sold to make room on the shelves, and had not been borrowed for a time. Now the book continues its journey in another way.

Ellen Grace Olinger

These are photos by Karl, from last summer.

Sheboygan Interurban Trail
July, 2018

sun on a painting

sun on a painting
from a thrift store
calls my attention
to look again

over time the picture
may fade a little
and change

become a new version
unique to this home

other days
the sun too bright
and long

I think things through
what can fade
what should stay
the same

Ellen Grace Olinger

Books

We went to Goodwill in Sheboygan this week.  I especially enjoy their books for sale.  One of the books I bought is the life-changing magic of tidying up: the Japanese art of decluttering and organizing, by marie kondo.  Translated from the Japanese by Cathy Hirano.  Just beginning to read.  One of my goals is to sort through my books, and give some away to thrift stores.  Some of the authors I read are Luci Shaw, Ann Voskamp, and Jan Karon – and many other good writers.  I also enjoy haiku books from small presses.  And I may donate some books back.

We have seen large bookstores close in our general area over the last years.  Now I often discover new-for-me books at thrift stores, and also libraries.  The combination of on-line places to buy books and local places is nice.

Last year we gave gift copies of Quiet Christmas Poetry to staff at thrift stores.  We enjoyed placing a few copies in the Little Free Library collections in our area.

As an additional note, we stopped at Caan’s in Sheboygan.  We saw an area of their greenhouse where they are growing new poinsettia plants.  So much work, which they enjoy.

Goodwill, Books, and Photos

We went to the Goodwill thrift store in Sheboygan yesterday (on Greenwing Drive).  I bought a book.  I love seeing books for sale in so many places.  This year or next, I plan to look through my books and see what I may be able to donate.  Our summers are short.  When we moved here, a neighbor said, “You learn to save some things for winter.”

Last year, we gave gift copies of Quiet Christmas Poetry to staff at thrift stores.

These are more of Karl’s photos from the Greenwing Drive retention ponds.

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