About three years ago, while going through a thrift store, I stumbled on a novel signed by Margaret Atwood. That was the start of a bit of an addiction. A rather compulsive collector, I became enamored with signed books. There is something very special about a book that has actually been in the hands of its author, rather than simply shipped from the publisher and sold to a consumer. Being retired, I didn’t really want to spend much on yet another collection so I have restricted my search for signed books to thrift stores, church rummage sales and house contents sales. I’ve not been disappointed. Most books have cost between $2 and $5. It’s a pretty thrifty way of collecting! (pun intended) I now have 365 signed books, all from those sources. Most are signed by the author,. Some are signed by the subject of the book in the case of a biography, and some are signed by both. I haven’t picked up every signed book I have found and I find I’m getting more selective. That’s the normal progress in any collection, of course. Many of my books are of fairly restricted Canadian interest, of course. I have books signed by 8 Prime Ministers and all sorts signed by Canadian writers. However, I have some that may interest others. I’ll post a few of my favorites here. My picture quality isn't the greatest. Most were taken quickly as a means of recording the book. Does anyone else have a fascination for these signed beauties?