TheWanderingPoetess

A miscellany of rare and vintage books, and more...

Norwalk, Connecticut · 50 Sales

TheWanderingPoetess

A miscellany of rare and vintage books, and more...

Norwalk, Connecticut 50 Sales On Etsy since 2016

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Announcement   Due to travel plans, all orders placed between now and the New Year will be sent on the 3rd of January 2018. The Wandering Poetess wishes you all a joyful, festive and peaceful Yuletide and a Happy New Year.

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Last updated on Dec 22, 2017

Due to travel plans, all orders placed between now and the New Year will be sent on the 3rd of January 2018. The Wandering Poetess wishes you all a joyful, festive and peaceful Yuletide and a Happy New Year.

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A vintage Cambodian silver shell

A vintage Cambodian silver shell

$150.00

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Rare 1954 LP Bravo les clowns by Edith Piaf

Rare 1954 LP Bravo les clowns by Edith Piaf

$45.00

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Vintage Edition of Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne

Vintage Edition of Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne

$30.00

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You might only see two but we have ten of these splendiferous art-deco glasses made by Hawkes in the 1920’s. Glam, glitzy and deliciously modern despite their rather grand age....
Seriously bling and blindingly gorgeous mid-century modern teapot, jug and sugar bowl from Royal Worcester.
A sumptuous and sought after set of Dickens: The Biographical Edition, 19 volumes, in contemporary calf, Chapman and Hall 1902 to 1903.
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As well as writing, I have spent a good part of my life rifling through thrift shops, estate sales, church bazaars, and book fairs. It all started when I was about nine and encountered a man one Saturday afternoon outside Dion in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the time, and it might still be the case, Dion was one of those enormous warehouse stores rather like Costco. It sat, ugly and utilitarian, in an enormous carpark, off which heat rose in shimmering contrails. The man sat on a plastic chair with a small battered box of books for sale. I pulled my reluctant father over to have a look. There, on the top, was a beautiful book of Fairy Tales. I paged through it; looking at each illustration in detail, and in my chest my heart contracted with desire. And my father perhaps recognizing this, or perhaps just impatient to get on with his shopping, bought it for me for about 10 cents. And that was that. A seed had been sown.

I still have that book. I still love it thirty five years later. I went on to work with rare books. I sold them professionally, I collected them, and I filled my home with them. And in my journeying I have fallen in love with other objects too. Teacups, and spindles, and old maps, and midcentury pottery, and silver teaspoons and hatpins and buttons. And now with my home bursting at the seams, and because, frankly, I have always wanted to play shop, I set up The Wandering Poetess.

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    I was born in South Africa, but lived in London and Paris for many years before moving to the US with my husband and two sons. I am a passionate collector of old and beautiful things. I am also a writer. Find my work at Samgrieveauthor.com.

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