10.29.2007

Big thrift weekend

It's a good thing garage sale season is coming to an end. I spent waaaay too much money on Friday. I see things and can't resist. If I don't see them, I don't know what I'm missing. Much like with certain foods being in the house, lol.


I saw a similar cardigan embellished with ribbon and want to try it. No way this cute skirt will fit me, so I'll probably make a purse from it.


Haven't even read this book yet. Bought it for the illustrations.


This vintage craft book has dozens of ideas for kids.


The floral is a pillowcase and and I thought the other two pieces were table runners. I checked out the manufacturer and they are actually Kenyan beach wraps. I'll use them on craft show tables or the picnic table in summer.


The cockatiel tray, vintage popcorn popper and Lucite-handled bag, as well as the items in the next few photos, were from the same little sale. I'm glad I decided to stop at it. I almost passed by.


This darling piece is from Belgium.


This one is Pyrex. They'll both hold pincushions soon.


The planter is Hull Pottery. They were practically giving away the rose postcards and costume jewelry.


You can't tell in this photo, but the red pieces have knights' helmets on them.

Now to the mother of all garage sales. The owner just passed away. I'm not sure how she and her husband lived in their condo. The garage and driveway were filled with unworn name brand clothing and a room inside was filled with shoes. Most items had the tags on them still.

Books filled most of the rooms, including hundreds of brand new hardcover decorating, crafting and cooking books. I narrowed it down to 13 titles.


I'm glad I only glanced at the clothing (honestly, too much to look at, esp with a toddler in tow). I found crafters' Nirvana in her sewing room. I picked out two trays of trims and a box of closures...


...plus pretty ribbon and white trims...


...loose ribbons, a scarf, tape measure and sewing machine needles. As the owner's daughter helped me get everything to the car, she said her mom sewed all her children's clothing and worked for Singer for years. I hope to do her proud when I use her things.


6 comments:

susiej said...

Take me with you next time. You always find the best stuff. The book, is my fav.

Queen of Light and Joy said...

Hey. I got your email and came over to sign up here for the swap. My email is queenoflightandjoy AT gmail DOT com thanks agina for having this!!

Natalie said...

BIG thrift is right! OMG.
Just so you know, I am not the least bit envious of all those sewing treasures, the ribbons, and the books... nope, not a bit! lol
It all goes to a worthy woman, and I am glad you finished garage sale season with such a spectacular haul.

Christy said...

OH.MY.GOSH.....what an incredible haul!!! I can't believe you got the Martha baking book. I've been wanting that for so long. Unfortunately, I haven't found a used one and can't justify the retail price. I hope you make some wonderful things from her recipes.

Meredith said...

Wow, wow, wow!

First of all, I'm excited to find another old-library-book lover.

And I appreciate how you feel the need to "do right" by someone's carefully collected items. I feel that way, too, whenever I buy old aprons and cookbooks.

Nice to meet you!

theresa said...

What a great haul you got there! The crafting gods were with you that day.
;-)