Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A thrifty trip show and tell


So last week I had to drop-off a no-longer-needed changing table (hallelujah!) at the thrift store. It had been a crazy week wrapping up things with our old house and this was my last task. So as a reward I allowed myself to go inside. :) No pyrex this time, but I scored with the vintage linens! I had to dig through a lot of junk, but found some great treasures. I love this pillowcase. I think the colors and the print are so pretty - I've been starting to collect prints I like to frame in hoops (like this) and I think this is going to be one of them.

A couple of pillowcases to add to this quilt.
(I'll get there sometime!)

This sheet will probably go with them.

But this sheet is probably my favorite!! The colors are awesome - I don't even want to cut it up.
I feel like planing a new quilt around these colors and using the sheet as a back. Mmm.

Then I walked through the bagged-up fabric.
Usually not much there but a bunch of gross polyester bleh.
This unassuming bag was among the pile.

I flipped it over and on top was this polyester that reminds me of the dress my grandma wore at my parents wedding in 1972.
And it kind of made me smile.

And then I noticed this little corner peeking out.

I tore the bag slightly open and found this vintage cotton. Fantastic! It's so American Jane-y, old fashioned looking. (Yes, I should have ironed it before taking a picture.) Reminds me a little of my childhood in the late 70's. (Or maybe it's some recent piece of JoAnn stuff. If it is I don't want to know. :) I'd rather live in denial, believing I found some awesome vintage treasure.)

Also this old beauty.

And finally, this little old piece of cheater print. I think it's so fun. Reminds me of this old quilt my mom made about the same time my grandma was wearing the yellow-flowered polyester dress. It also makes me think of some cool new Japanese reprint.

So woo! Fun finds all for only $14!
Now I'm off to find some time to do something with them!

24 comments:

Sue said...

Love your thrift store finds! I am a thrift store junkie.

Finn said...

Hi Amy, I just happened to link over from Park City Girl's blog and there you were *VBS* I love your 'thifting' finds. I'm commenting because the sheet with pink flowers(kind of in the middle of your picture grouping)graced my bed for several years(late 70's-early 80's). I believe I bought them at Penney's and they wore like iron. They were a blended fabric, but had a nice smooth silky finish...and they were pretty.
Love the bag of assorted fabrics, and I don't think you have to wonder about your ABC fabric. Definitely the vintage you think *VBS* Great job! Hugs, Finn

angela said...

Jackpot! I love a good find.

Evelyn said...

Oh, nice linens! I can't wait to see them in your future quilts. I love that ABC print too - good find!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I love the vintage linens. I am collecting them too, and would like to make a quilt out of them. You really scored on those great fabrics. It was a profitable day for you :-)

Laurie Anne said...

What great finds! I love the alphabet print cotton...so sweet!Can't wait to see what you do with them! x

littlecumulus said...

::sucks in breath:: Ooh, you lucky, lucky mama! If you want to do any vintage swappage, give me a holler! :D

littlecumulus said...

::sucks in breath:: Ooh, you lucky, lucky mama! If you want to do any vintage swappage, give me a holler! :D

C. Jaeger said...

I took a gasping breath also...that alphabet fabric is so great! Enjoy!

paulette said...

Thank you so much for taking me to the Thrift shop with you....there is nothing like the hunt for something good in a Thrift shop! LOve it and love your finds!
Paulette

Sunshine said...

Great bargain, congrats!

ktquilts said...

Wowsers!!! Goosebumps. Now I think that I need to go to Goodwill....

Blessings,
KT

Laura said...

This post reminds me of a post on another friend's design site (A Room Somewhere--there's a link on my blog). Earlier this week she featured a calendar that uses vintage sheet designs as the background. And I think it's only $5!! Anyway, I thought of you immediately but had forgotten to tell you.

Jodie B-C said...

Score!!! I've never found such great fabric in our thrift shops!!

Rae Ann said...

They say if you give, you get back! What fun finds! The fabric is darling.

Amy - Park City Girl said...

great finds! I never have that much luck up here - too small :)

jaybird said...

what great finds!!! i love the cheater cloth & the print with all the text.. brings be back to the days of practicing handwriting!!

Alyssa said...

You are so lucky your thrift store sells bags of fabric. I never find anything like that in my local Goodwill Store.

Brittany said...

Wow! You found a lot of good stuff. Which thrift store did you go to? I usually don't find much. Then again, I don't go very often.

The framed fabric in the link is really cute. I'm excited you're doing that. It'll be so pretty.

Aunt Spicy said...

I am so coming to visit! What a great set of finds!

Nedra said...

I can tell you are a great shopper who knows how to seek out the "finds". Fun stuff.

live a colorful life said...

I definitely need to start shopping at my local thrift shop when I drop things off. You find the best stuff!

Patty said...

Great finds! I always look in the fabric/sheet areas when I go thrifting. Sometimes there's nothinh=g but once in a blue moon you hit the jackpot like you just did.

Terresa said...

Looks like the thrift ninja (that would be you) hit gold!

Love the retro prints. Reminds me of homemade matching dresses my mom sewed for my older sis and I when we were in grade school.