Friday, October 24, 2008

Gettin' my thrift on . . .

I told myself I was going to the thrift store for Halloween stuff, but it also meant I had to stop and look at the sheet selection. Thanks to lovely blogs like this one, I have been turned on to vintage sheets. (This kind of grossed-out my sister when I told her about it.) But old sheets are awesome!!

First of all: they're cheap.

Second: they are so much nicer than current sheets
- they stay heavy and smooth and they don't get all "pilly."

Third: They are cute.

Fourth: they are great for cutting up or for quilt backs!!
(Esp when the back of a quilt can run around $40 and I bought these for $4.)

Look at these fine specimen.

(I put the spool with the first one for size perspective.)

This one, I think I may make into a summer dress or skirt for my girls. (I like the thought of cute, light, but durable, fabric that doesn't need ironing when I'm making clothes.) And it will probably get cut up for quilts.
Found these while I was there. Pyrex. Nice and orangy which speaks to me right now, esp this time of year.
And this vintage Merrimeko pillow case. (Still cracks me up that the 1970's is now vintage.)
Have I actually cut-up any of my new little stash? Um, no. But now I think I'm ready.
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  1. thank you for commenting on my blog
    especially because now i get to meet another quilter! oh and vintage sheets are the bomb! i'm actually writing an article for blissfully domestic about how great they are and some projects i've made with them...i'm loving YOUR finds!!! -v

  2. Hey-
    non thrifters do not understand! My mom raised ten kids on a professors salary by thrifting and I have the "disease" too! I have such a hard time buying retail once I know the amazing stuff there is out there at thrift stores. Some are much better than others. I love your truck pillowcase! it looks like it is from the Land of Nod! I believe we are the ones who are really "going green!"

  3. Ok, I thrift, but not vintage sheets for my quilts. My sister does - I say EWWW!!!!

  4. Welcome to Quilting Bloggers! There are 33 of us now from Utah. I started blogging last June and there were only around 7 or 8 of us at that time. Fun to see so many of us enjoying quilting here in this great state. Check me out at Cactus Needle.

  5. OH, MY! I feel vintage now. :) My brother had those truck sheets! hehe...great idea.

  6. I totally had those truck sheets - no idea they were Marimeko though. I wonder if my mom still has them? If so, she's sending them to me NOW.


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