“Purchases are wrapped in brown paper and tied with string”

The next time you’re in Oamaru, New Zealand you should drop in here:

“Established in 1995, Slightly Foxed Secondhand Books sells good quality books on all subjects including New Zealand local history, modern first editions, fishing, hunting, mountaineering, literature and fiction, history, military, craft and biography.

The shop is located in an Oamaru stone building providing a Victorian style atmosphere with stone walls, wooden floor, sash windows, sofas, tables and chairs and a pot belly stove.

Prices range from $3 to $1500, and the books from recently published to antiquarian, from common-place to rare and collectible.

The proprietors, Jenny Lynch-Blosse and Kahren Thompson, wear Victorian clothing and sales are entered into a spring-back ledger with a fountain pen. Purchases are wrapped in brown paper and tied with string.”

Once you’ve roped up your books, you might want to stroll several doors down for a chat with

Michael O’Brien, If you hit if off you can stay at his place, or take a bookbinding workshop. As he puts it, “I offer a small self-contained studio, adjacent to main house. Separate kitchen and bathroom. Beautifully restored, cosy and warm. French doors open out to a small garden with a fire pit. Main garden is based on permaculture design, with two chickens providing fresh eggs. Private and quiet. I am not always at home, and there is one pussycat onsite. This is ideal for a couple who wish to come to one of my weekend workshops.”

For details on how to flesh out your visit, click here.

You can own the Pink Lady Victorian Mansion

Icame across this marvellously quirky mansion on a trip down to the States once. In case you’re feelin’ adventurous, here’s what Margo’s website has to say:

“The Pink Lady Victorian Mansion, circa 1875, is a beautiful building located in Richford, Vermont. There are 21 rooms, which include 6 bathrooms, 3 kitchens, and an adjoined apartment with separate entrance. Situated only a few miles from the Canadian border, this lovely 3-story, 7,158 SqFt building is currently run as a charming antique shop and the office of Sherwood Real Estate.

The current owner, Margo Sherwood, has been collecting precious jewelry and unique artwork for 50+ years, from all around the world. Every room of this historic building is filled to the brink with her collection of vintage paintings, lavish clothing, china and ceramic dishes, books, lamps, salt & pepper shakers, vinyl records, clothing, art glass, old newspapers and magazines, and an abundance of valuable artifacts. This structure is a treasure hunter’s paradise, and the owner is parting with the building and everything in it for such a low price, you’d think you struck gold!

[Although ‘books’ is a fair ways down the list, there are a ton of them]

The building emptied is being sold for $269,900. However, if you’re an adventure seeker or antique dealer, you might consider investing in this beauty with all it’s contents for $499,000.

This property is real estate broker owned, by Margo Sherwood of Sherwood Real Estate”

So, what do you think?