I went to my local thrift store this afternoon. I go there for the same reason as everybody else here-patterns and yarn! I started looking at the books and then I saw it. a knitting book full of patterns from ladies home journal that was published in 1977. I wanted to get my hands on that book! There was one fairly big problem. Some one in the store had used the book to even up one side of the whole heavy ceiling high book shelf full of things. I couldn't believe it! I begged and pleaded- please I want that book! ( if you think a child is bad you haven't seen me) The ladies at the counter were giving me the dirty looks. "You can't get that out from under there" they said. " You haven't seen me in action" I'm thinking. One of my friends happened to walk in the store and she gave me the look also but she said if you can figure out how to move the shelf I'll pull it out for you. I begged some more can I PLEASE take everything off the shelves. I promise to put it all back. Finally they gave in and let me try. WOW what a mess. I pushed and I pushed and my friend pulled and pulled and out it came. Then we had to put something back under there. Thank you national geographic for making such nice sized magazines. (Who wants to look at lions when you can have a knitting book ) One of the ladies did help me get everything back on the shelves. It was worth it. The book isn't in the best shape but is has some really nice patterns. I love the patterns in those old publications. So many of them are such classics.