Usually I just look at things, especially the stalls of vintage books (there can't be that many of us who actually like looking at old school books). But this time I found one book to buy at each place. I am much pickier than I used to be about bringing home books from anywhere more expensive than the thrift store. They don't have to be in perfect condition, but they have to be things I don't see all the time. They have to be either useful (like a very cool sewing book) or have something great in them to read, or be something we need for school. Mostly, I have to like them. If they're early-to-mid-20th-century hardcovers with paper dustjackets, so much the better.
(These aren't my photos, but they're like the books I bought.)
The White Deer, by James Thurber
Tales of a Grandfather, by Sir Walter Scott, in the Blackie's Famous Books edition.
I know the photo shows a Katy book instead, but they're all very much the same style, with the squiggly things up the sides and the list of other books on the back. A new paperback copy of Tales of a Grandfather would cost about $30 (Canadian) if ordered through our local bookstore, because who orders Tales of a Grandfather? This one was $10. Sometimes antiquing actually saves money. (UPDATE: I realized later that this Tales is somewhat abridged, which does it make it less useful than I had hoped. But I still like it.)