It only takes one visit to know you have stumbled upon not just something, but someone special. I wanted to know more about the woman with the exquisite eye for design and vintage books. Meet Gina of Laguna Vintage.
Kellie: You have exquisite taste in vintage children’s books. I just can’t get enough of your account.
K: How long have you been a vintage book collector?
G: Yes, I was, and I can remember the first book I read all the way through by myself: it was The Best Nest by P. D. Eastman, and I read it over and over and over, and I can still recite most of it to this day. It’s funny because I really am such a nester and I still find the book so appealing.
The picture book that I remember with the most joy is Patsy Scarry’s Big Bedtime Story Book illustrated by Cyndy Szekeres. It brings back everything that was wild and nature-centred about my childhood. I thought I lived in that house in the tree in those overgrown woods. Later on, in grade school, I read a lot of Nancy Drew. And by middle school, I was devouring sci-fi.
G: There are so many books illustrated by Evaline Ness that I’ve yet to see.
G: This question makes me laugh! My books are in no way organized. It is possible that I am the most disorganized person on earth. This fall I did buy a new bookcase with glass doors, so my most special books are in there.
K: In closing do you have anything else to share?