Today my wife and I visited a local St. Vincent de Paul thrift store, and I made a great $1 purchase, a 1934 Catholic hand missal.
The missal was in great shape. I looked up the missal on line and was surprised that one I bought for a dollar was in much better shape than the same edition being sold on line for over $20.
The ribbons were all in excellent condition. The ends weren't frayed, and the string (it isn't really a flat ribbon) intended to mark the ordinary of the Mass still has at its end the cardboard marker that spells out the intention. No other edition I could find on line still had this curious feature.
The pages and edges are in good shape, and all the art prints are in mint condition.
I've been looking for a good pre-1962 missal, so I'm ecstatic to find this. This will make a great addition to my liturgical library, and only for a dollar. I was also able to purchase The Secret of the Rosary by St. Louis de Montfort ($0.35), Eucharistic Retreats by St. Peter Julian Eymard; Vol. 3 of the Eymard Library ($0.25), and a replacement for an old college sociology book that I loaned out and lost, Habits of the Heart by Robert Bellah, et al. ($0.35).
So, while most the inhabitants of this town begin their long lament over another failed Notre Dame football season, I can't help but feel victorious.