the inspiration files: library card catalogues

17th September 2012

One thing I always look out for when I’m thrifting/flea market’ing is an old library card catalogue. Any size, any condition. I looooovvvee them. They have those little drawers, perfect for storage all sorts of treasures, history behind each piece, and an endless number of ways you can use them. One of my absolutely favourite spots when the hubs and I lived in London was this coffee shop/bakery that was housed in an old apothecary shop. It had exposed brick walls and small built-in wooden drawers that went all the way up one of the walls (up to the second level). I imagined all of the herbs and medicines and other potions that would have been stored in those drawers so many years ago. I’m not saying I’d want to live in an apothecary shop (though it sounds kinda cool, right?), but a big old library card catalogue has the same kind of appeal to me.

Check out these library card catalogues that have been re-purposed in people’s pads (found on Pinterest). I love the look of the old, worn guys, but am also digging the painted, modern versions.

Source: etsy.com via Carrie on Pinterest

What do you think? Gonna start looking out for a card catalogue when you’re out thrifting now? Ever actually found one? Ooooh I would be so jealous. Do you have specific items you always look out for when you’re thrifting? 

  • http://homemadebynatalie.com Natalie

    I love love LOVE card catalogues and I’ve been dreaming of one for quite some time. If only I could find one at a reasonable price!
    I also love your blog and pretty much everything you are doing in your home:-) Keep up the great work!

    • gemma

      Glad I’m not the only one, Natalie! I haven’t found one period (not even at an unreasonable price) – ha ha! And thanks so much for the blog love :)

      xo,
      gemma

  • Courtney

    I loooooooove this!

    • gemma

      Somehow I’m not surprised!! Great minds think alike :)

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.how2home.wordpress.com how2home

    Love this! I’ve been searching!!! These look awesome for weddings like your last photo for a dessert table :) Cute post!

  • http://osbottspot.blogspot.ca Kaileigh

    I just saw one of these at an Antique store in Waterloo. I forget how expensive it was, but I thought it was so cool. I was trying to come up with stuff that I could put in all those little drawers!

    • gemma

      ahhh so, so jealous!!! let me know if you get it!!

      xo,
      gemma

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