Oh boy did I score today. My parents have found great sewing and crafting stuff for me in the past. For example, I have never had to buy a zipper retail. Huge boxes of zippers, ric rac, bias tape, etc..etc., all left behind by wonderful crafty old ladies who have gone to that big crafting studio in the sky. My fore-mothers, I salute you. Anyway, among the garage sales today was a rummage sale at our local Elks Lodge. This is usually a goldmine for vintage stuff, since the donators are retirees for the most part. Bless those people who save everything, especially from the 50's through the 70's. I found a cute little owl figurine (I passed on two porcelain owls, because I really have nowhere to put them....yay for me with the willpower!), and wandered around the whole building. My Mom called me over and said "there's fabric here, take a look!" Oh. My. Goodness. Jackpot. Obviously somebody had been a big time quilter or seamstress in general, because there was some great stuff in there. I rifled through a couple of boxes while Mom perused another pile. Even if I never use some of it, it was so spectacularly cheap, I knew I'd kick myself if I didn't grab it. I didn't take ALL of it, thankyouverymuch. I cherry picked the good stuff, squealed and gasped at some of it, and made my pile. My pile turned into a box. Then the box turned into a box and a giant bag. I had to stop before I bought everything!
|A very intriguing vintage cross-stitch|
|Beautiful chinese embroidery on silk, and a pre-made quilt block for future use.|
|I actually squealed and hugged this blanket when my Mom pulled it out. Very soft chenille, red gingham. Nuff said.|
|One is a walnut sack, the other I'm not sure.|
|Oh, I'm sorry! Did you say something?|
|I could have sworn it says "dog bed for Rowan"|
|No? Then I'll just take this fabric instead.|
|I chopped off the ruffles and quickly sewed them onto the top and bottom of my curtains! But first I chopped several inches off the bottom of the curtains. What do you think?|
|Oh come on. It's pretty. Admit it. It's not like I hadn't gone all "crafty granny chic" in my room already anyway!|
|The fabric....OH THE FABRIC!|
|Most of these are a quarter yard, or more. I also squealed over the multiple strawberry prints. Just ask my Mom.|
|And birds. How could I pass up the birds?!|
|This one has to be one of my favorites.|
|So, am I wrong, or are some of these reproduction 30's prints?|
|A bit of ribbon I threw in the box because it was cute.|
|This one is a thick linen type fabric. Also one of my favorites.|
|Very mysterious. There was a ziploc baggie with these in them.|
|These three are my favorites of the weird dress scraps.|
|Dancing favors or something? Which table you'll be sitting at, and which couple number you are? Strange.|
|An old kimono I'm going to cut apart for its embroidery. It's stained and torn anyway, so it's not really desecration.|
|Eh, you can always use some lace hanging around.|
|My Mom loves cowboys and old west stuff, so I'll find something for this cute fabric.|
|I'm assuming this was a tea towel or something someone had sewn together, with a huge opening along the side.|
|Detail of the texture and print. Fabulous, no?|
|AAAHHH!! It fit perfectly! I even put in my first "hidden" zipper. I'm so in love. I'm lying on it right now.|
|I am happy like a crafty pig in a waller.|
|I could die over that pillow. Every bit of it was HAND EMBROIDERED AND SEWN. *swoon*|
And how cute is the owl figurine? The black blob is giant ric-rac, which I've been searching for recently. The three iron mushroom trivets were too irresistible to leave behind. The buttons are leather, I think. But they're retro-groovy anyway, so into the box they went!
A belt that I picked up for $0.25 that I'm going to convert into a camera strap.
This one was interesting. Obviously from the 40's, since they reference Hitler and Mussolini at one point. It had jokes and puns and such. It was $1, so I figured I could scan it for its graphics and possibly use it for decoupage at some point in the future. Or maybe I'll just keep in intact. Don't know yet.
The embroidered animal pillow, the red gingham blanket, and the cross stitch all happy in their new homes. I'm happy too! Beyond happy, actually. What luck today! I also picked up a couple of tops. One all the way from Marks & Spencer in England!
|I'm SO ready to be a supermodel.|
|So garage sale chic!|
What an awesome saturday. Can you believe ALL of this was about $20?! Lucky lucky, even for seasoned garage-salers like my family. Oh jeez! 4:30 already! I need to shower and get ready to meet my friend Kathy for bbq burgers and Midnight in Paris! Gotta jet. Hope you're all having a wonderful saturday!