My husband's passion for older books, brings us often to second hand stores like Salvation Army stores. I usually head for the furniture area. I've come across a few treasures in the past. Our most recent find is a long and narrow table you put at the back of a sofa. It has a bit of a Swiss Alpine style, which we thought would be perfect for the library. I believe it's made of oak or some other kind of hard wood and has a nice patina. I don't know how old it is, but we love it; I think it has a nice energy to it. One of my favorite interior design books is Alpine Interiors and I find that the gingerbread details on our house and on our shed are very much reminiscent of a Swiss or Germanic chalet. It also reminds me of the style of furniture you see in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The furniture in the home of the seven dwarfs, of course... not the evil queen.