FF: Daedalus Books & Music

FFDBPeople still read books. Books as in the printed kind. And if you are like me, there is nothing better than browsing a good old bookstore to find some interesting reads, and if the books come at a bargain price… even better. That’s why I love Daedalus Books & Music.

About Daedalus Books & Music: “Since 1980 Daedalus Books & Music has been the premier source for bibliophiles looking for quality books at bargain prices. From the thousands of books offered by publishers as remainders every year, we selectively choose books which are of lasting value. Remaindered books are the difference between what a publisher printed and what was sold. Bestsellers, classics, and overlooked gems get remaindered when the remaining stock is larger than the projected future sales. We are devoted to keeping these good books before the reading public. All of our books are hardcover editions (unless noted otherwise), and all are in good condition.”

See all the bargains of Daedalus Books & Music here.

FF: Beau Ties of Vermont

FFBTThe best thing for a guy to wear to a summer wedding? A seersucker suit of course. The best kind of tie to wear with a seersucker suit? A bow tie of course. The best place to purchase a bow tie? The great Vermont-based Beau Ties.

About Beau Ties: “Like many independent-minded bow tie wearing men, Bill Kenerson had a tough time finding attractive, high-quality ties to wear to work. So he took it upon himself to change the situation. He went shopping for fabric. He connected with a local seamstress. And they created some bow ties. But it didn’t stop there. What had been a passion for wearing bows became a passion for sharing them, and in 1993 Beau Ties Ltd. Of Vermont was born – launched with a collection of just eight ties on a single page (our first catalog!) mailed to 5,000 people. Response was immediate and positive. Our little Vermont company began to grow – gradually taking over every available room in Bill’s house. He and his wife, Deb, kept their day jobs until, with a deep breath, they launched themselves into the tie business on a fulltime basis. At about the time most folks reach retirement age, they decided to break ground for a new building for Beau Ties where sewing, shipping, sales and marketing operations could all work together.”

See all the great products of Beau Ties here.

FF: The amazing Blo Poke fireplace tool

FFBPOK, so it is the middle of the summer and the last thing you may be thinking about right now is lighting a fire in your fire place. However, after you see the Blo Poke fireplace tool, you will be wishing for those cold nights to return.

About the Blo Poke fireplace tool: “The Blo Poke is an outstanding example of American ingenuity. The original solid brass tool was conceived by James Hopkins Smith as he observed the French farmers during WWI blowing and poking their fires with ancient rifle barrels. In 1941 Smith trademarked and patented the original Blo-Poke. Today’s Blo-Poke is handcrafted from the original mold in Bristol, Connecticut and continues to reflect fine American craftsmanship. The Blo-Poke is made up of two unique forged brass end pieces that are bonded to a heavy duty brass rod, completing its approximate measurement of 46”. It is then polished and lacquered for life. Late owner Stuart Burt also developed the tool in black enamel and crafted a bronze cleat for hanging the brass or enamel Blo-Poke near the fireplace. The entire product line is American made and the design remains the absolute best on the market today. There is no better way to keep those fires roaring than the original Blo-Poke.”

It may be a little fancy, but you could totally us the Blo Poke fireplace tool for your summer campfires too.

Find out more about the classic Blo Poke fireplace tool here.