Why 'My Mink Betty'?

Why 'My Mink Betty'?
I'm not your common, everyday twenty-something year old and when I graduated from High School I got an equally uncommon gift. My parents found for me a beautiful 1940's mink stole at a garage sale. It had belonged to the woman's Great Aunt Betty who had married late in life to a man with money and had only allowed him to buy her this one luxury. The unusually styled stole has the name, Betty L. Jones, embroidered in the satin lining so that's what I call her. They never had children of their own and the mink was passed to Aunt Betty's niece and on to her daughter. Until it got to me, no one since Aunt Betty had worn it. Now Betty the mink and I go to the theater together on special occasions and I hope that someday I can take her to the Symphony or the Ballet. Although Betty hadn't been worn or loved for many years she was waiting for someone to love her again as are most other things I look for when thrifting.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Children's Christmas Book Giveaway!

After making the post about the Children's Christmas Book Advent Calendar, my mother and I went to the local thrift store to look at Christmas books. We found that children's books were only $0.69 each plus buy 4 get 1 free. My mother had a 20% off coupon and figured that at $0.45 each, she couldn't not buy some.

We started pulling out Christmas books and when we stopped to count, we had 56 of them! We bought several; some for us, some for gifts, and a few extra to give away to someone lucky!

Seven lovely books are up for grabs and the giveaway ends at 11:59 pm on December 12th. Please click here and here to see scans of the books.

If you would like to enter the giveaway for seven lovely children's books that you could use to start your own advent calendar or just for fun to read with your children or grandchildren:

There are two ways to enter the giveaway:

1. Comment on this post.

2. Post about this on your blog and comment again, letting me know that you did, and you will get a 2nd entry.

The winner will be announced on Monday, December 13th.


  1. Hi! It's Eleanor from Miss Howe's Curiosities - I have three blogs on my typepad account and somehow this just comes up. This would be great as I am participating in several giveaways and such this Holiday season.. Will post and tweet shortly.

  2. Hey I had a chance to read the book advent
    Calendar idea. I love it, just like your mom I don't want
    To have my kids teeth rot in the name of Jesus. Haha. So I also did little riddles and trinkets.but I love the idea of the books. Thanks for letting me know. Xo and great giveaway too!

  3. Great giveaway and some of my favorite Christmas books! I love Olive the other reindeer. Following your blog! :)

    -Ann Marie

  4. Cindy S.'s mouse family stories were always favorites when our daughter was little. Some day in the future, I may have someone to read these sweet stories to again. Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I would love to win your giveaway and add these wonderful books to the one's I'm collecting for my new Grandbaby! I am a follower of your blog!

  6. What an amazing giveaway! Thanks for the chance. As a librarian I just love books and we only have a few Christmas ones

    ykatrina at hotmail dot com

  7. What a great giveaway! I love the idea for a book advant! Next year I'll be doing this for sure!
    And if I win this giveaway it'll help get me started! :)

  8. Wonderful giveaway! Books make the best Christmas presents.
    I follow your blog.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  9. What a sweet and generous giveaway of some lovely books! Thanks for the chance to win, Betty!

  10. Betty, I seriously love these books. And no one in our house is little anymore. But really, do you need to be little to love Olive and the Grinch? Thanks for offering these as a giveaway!

  11. Please enter me in this giveaway as well. I wish I had time to blog about it but my time this week is going to be spent putting plastic over windows. That seems to cut into blogging time.

  12. I've never read The Crippled Lamb. Thanks for a great giveaway

  13. I already commented on what a wonderful idea this is and now I have to tell you that this is a giveaway full of Christmas spirit.

    I'd love to enter your giveaway, but if by chance I should be the lucky winner, can I pass the books on to Linda @ A La Carte? She's such a sweetheart and is the one who led me to your lovely blog.

    btw, my favorite photos of my mom are those where she's wearing a pillbox hat!

  14. I'd love to win!


  15. winter is a wonderful time to sit and read good books I hope I win so my friends will be able to stay warm and escape through a book for a while

  16. Thanks for the great giveaway and happy holidays!

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com

  17. Hello there. This is a great contest. I'd love to have any of these books at our home or in our classroom.


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