Someone asked me in a comment a while back how I kept up with which books I’ve already purchased, so as to avoid accidentally buying the same one again. Most of the time I know immediately if a book I come across is one I already have, but over the years it is easy to forget and occasionally buy one you already own.
When I very first fell in love with buying new and used books on Amazon (after realizing I could get “Like New” or “Very Good” books for less than most decorating magazines) I kept a little flip notebook where I jotted them down. On one side of the pages in the notebook, I had all the books listed by title with a page for each letter of the alphabet. On the other side of the pages in the notebook, I had the books recorded by author, again in alphabetical order. It was easy to quickly determine if a book I was eyeing was already in my decorating library. Once I created my office library, I quit recording them down since I could easily scan the shelves before ordering now that they were all together in one spot just a few feet away.
Amazon Does It For You
I’m not sure when it started but the last few months I’ve noticed, when you pull up a book on Amazon, they actually remind you if it’s one you’ve purchased before. I love that!
You can see it in this print screen I captured earlier today. Just above the picture of the book it has a little note reminding me I purchased this book on August 18th, 2007. That was exactly one year before I began blogging; I started the BNOTP blog on August 18th, 2008. I love this new feature and I’m so glad they started it!
Antiques for the Table is a true treasure. The rooms and table settings pictured in the book are so beautiful, they give me goosebumps.
In the BNOTP Library: Antiques for the Table: A Complete Guide to Dining Room Accessories for Collecting and Entertaining
Author: Sheila Chefetz
Hardcover: 232 pages
Book size: 11.4 x 8.8 x 1 inches
3 Things I Like About This Book:
- Beautiful photography of some of the most exquisite china, silver, serving pieces and table settings you can imagine.
- Lots of great information about 18th, 19th & 20th century china, glass and silver.
- There’s a kitty atop a beautiful bed with a lovely breakfast-in-bed setting on pages 12 & 13. What do you mean that’s a silly reason to buy a book? 😉 Okay, it also contains lots of wonderful ideas and tips for entertaining including hosting a tea party, outdoor entertaining and setting up a buffet.
Be sure and read some of the reviews on this book, they say more than I could. I think it’s a hidden gem.
You can read more about this book, Antiques for the Table: A Complete Guide to Dining Room Accessories for Collecting and Entertaining and preview it at Amazon via the picture-link below.
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