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A Rare Find in an Antique Store


Along with old bookstores, libraries, and coffee shops, I love visiting good antique stores. There is something about shifting through aisles full of worn trinkets, in library-like silence, to find a treasure. I’m usually on the hunt for old leather books, typewriters, and crystal decanters.

I’m so lucky to live in the south, where antique shops are everywhere and the people filling them have a knack for finding cool artifacts and not just old junk.

Because it’s really close to me, I usually go to Antiques at The Factory. The Factory is a huge warehouse that houses tons of cool speciality shops and restaurants. It’s fun to wander around, especially when the weather is bad, and it doesn’t hurt they have an awesome donut shop inside!

This past week, as I was shopping, I spied a stack of old leather bound books hidden on the bottom shelf of a bookcase. There were a total of nine books, tied together with a mustard ribbon. The few words scribbled onto the card attached to them caught my attention. The card read:

“Printed in Germany in 1835, the collection of poems from Friedrich Schiller, one of the most important poets in Europe, survived two World Wars hidden in a basement.”

The story on the card instantly made these books feel even more romantic and unique. After all, how many sets could there be like this? Now I was intrigued. But because of the ribbon holding them together, I could only admire the outside of the collection. So Friedrich remained a mystery to me until I went home and googled him.

Friedrich Schiller

Well, hello Friedrich! Now this is the kind of man you want reading you poetry! haha. I found out that Friedrich was a man of many talents. Not only was he a poet, but also a philosopher, physician, historian, and playwright. You can learn more about his interesting life here.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes of his:

”To save all we must risk all.”

”The hat is the pride of man; for he who cannot keep his hat on before kings and emperors is no free man.”

“They would need to be already wise, in order to love wisdom.” (My favorite!)

“Love is only known by him who hopelessly persists in love.”

(More quotes here.)

See, that’s what I mean about finding a treasure. I love that going into the store I had no idea who Friedrich Schiller was, but I was able to see his life’s work captured in these beautiful leather books, saved from being destroyed in not only one but two wars! Since they were too expensive to buy, I’ll just have to settle for finding a new favorite quote with a cool story behind it.

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