Friday, October 10, 2014

Buried Treasures and a Necklace Giveaway Winner

I've been on a closet reorganization mission, but I'm not just reorganizing.  I'm rediscovering. We have one of those closets in the upstairs hallway that holds everything from linens to first aid supplies, old photo albums to sleeping bags, and light bulbs to old books. OK, there was a lot more stuffed into that closet, but you get the picture.

Look what I just became reacquainted with.  A couple of scuffed up books might not look like much, but what are the chances that I'd ever find a book with my name on it?  Elizabeth Ann is my legal name on my birth certificate, and Betsy is my nickname.  I found one of these at an antique show a few years ago, but I still can't remember where the other one came from. 
Copyright, 1927

  If I ever write a book about my spring vacation, you probably know what the beginning, middle, and end will be about.

I have a lot in common with this Elizabeth Ann.  We both love our vintage luggage.

 I get asked this question all the time when I drag things home from yard sales.

 I also have a lot in common with this Betsy.

Copyright, 1946
Wild horses can't keep us away from a good junking adventure.

Sometimes we both have to put up with unruly shoppers at an estate sale.

 We both like to show off our vintage treasures.

One thing's for sure, they're not going back in the closet!!  Who knows, I might even find time to read them one of these days.

Treasure Box Necklace Giveaway Winner
Thank you all so much for stopping by to leave such wonderful comments about my treasure box necklaces (like this one) that were published in the Autumn issue of Jewelry Affair Magazine.  I appreciated every one of them!!!

I'm happy to announce that the winner is:
#55 belongs to Laurie from Indulge Your Shelf.  Congratulations Laurie!!!  I'll have your necklace in the mail ASAP.  Enjoy!  

I'd love for you to stay connected with My Salvaged Treasures.  I'm just one click away.


  1. Love your books and how nice to find them again!

  2. Yay for Laurie, boo hoo for me:) Those books are marvelous. There's something about old books, isn't there? Especially when we can find a personal connection to them. Elizabeth Ann is such a pretty name! Hsve a great weekend.

  3. Yes, yes keep the books out on display! How wonderful they have your name on them. I have never seen a book with my name on it and if I did I would treasure it especially if I felt a connection like you do with your books! Congratulations to the winner of the necklace.

  4. Congrats to Laurie on winning the necklace!!! I love the way you connected your vintage "namesake" books to your life... so clever! Hope you find more treasures this weekend!

  5. How cute is this? I love your books and the name connection! Congratulations to Laurie!

  6. Love your books!! There's just something about old books, I love them! Congrats to your winner!! :) I'm sure she will enjoy her new sweet necklace! Have a wonderful weekend!! xo Holly

  7. What wonderful old books! And congrats to your lucky winner! I am so envious..I know I shouldn't be! haha! I really am happy for her! Enjoy your weekend! Hugs!

  8. Old books like that are such treasures. It's funny how we can pack things like that away and forget about them! Love the old illustrations. Such fun...

    And congratulations to the lucky winner!

  9. What fun to have found those books! And I love the illustrations. We have our share of vintage books around here. :-)

  10. Oh, I love this post! So, so funny! I am still laughing! Those little books are real treasures and congratulations to the lucky winner! Have a great weekend, Betsy! xo Karen

  11. What cool books, Betsy!!!! When I get back from my trip, I am going to tackle one closet, one drawer at a time and PURGE!!!!

    Congrats to Laurie!!!


  12. What great finds, Betsy! I love these! Betsy is my nickname for Elizabeth too. Whew,I have had all kinds of trouble with the Patriotic Act and trying to use my nickname- I'm now Elizabeth after 50+ years of using Betsy! Congrats to Laurie; I know she will love her new necklace!

  13. Love your old books.......I have a few myself buried somewhere here at home. Will have to dig them out.
    Congrats to the winner of your wonderful necklace.

  14. "Betsy in Spite of Herself" is one of the books in a ten book series by Maud Hart Lovelace. They are about her life - she just changes some names and a few details here and there. The first book is Betsy-Tacy in which Betsy meets her best friend for life at age five. In real life, Maud met her best friend at age five and they were still beasties well into their 90s!!!! What a gem. I read the whole series as an adult and am now a member of the Besty-Tacy Society. I recommend starting at the beginning and reading all 10 books. They are wonderful.
    Michelle from

  15. Such sweet vintage books! I came across one at school the other day that someone was getting rid of. I am sharing it on my blog sometime cute! Congratulations to Laurie for winning. I am sure she is tickled pink! Have a blessed weekend...hope you find lots of treasures!

    Blessings, Vicky

  16. Congrats to Laurie, I follow her blog and I know she will be thrilled!!
    Love love love those books. Betsy, In Spite of Herself cracks me up. Great post! 8+)

  17. Betsy, I love those books! How fun to find vintage books with your name in the title! Fun!! Congrats to Laurie, what a beautiful necklace.

  18. The Betsy-Tacy books are tres classique! You cracked me up about the scrimmage at the estate sale!

  19. Sorry to have missed this is just beautiful.

    Loved that you found books with your adventures in them..very cool.

  20. Oh my gosh -- those are fantastic books! Now I just reorganized several of MY closets but found nothing at all even remotely THAT good -- haha! The necklace is stunning -- Lucky Laurie!

  21. What sweet books!! Love all that you have in common with the character ;)

  22. What totally fabulous finds! I love old books like that and the illustrations in these are terrific -- not to mention the tie in with your own name! Thanks for sharing them -- they made me smile!

  23. Old books are a favorite and yours are wonderful!

  24. I love old trade books - it is so nice to find ones with a personal connection - even if they were hidden deep in your own closet.


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