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Mon, May. 30th, 2005, 06:38 am
primrose04: Estate sale goodies

The season has officially begun around here and I'm looking forward to a summers full of treasure hunting. I found this cute fabric with dogs on Saturday at an antique store at the bottom of a bag of fabric. It's only a small piece so I'll have to find something really special to do with it.

And I got this on Ebay. It doesn't show in the scan but there's a wave pattern all over it in a slightly darker shade of white - sort of printed on top of everything. Very pretty and unusual.

Wed, May. 25th, 2005, 05:48 pm
monimania: (no subject)

I went to a tag sale and I was late getting there for the opening, but upstairs I found this atomic type fabric, its a pretty big piece, its not barkcloth (which I love) its like a curtain type material, I asked how much and the woman said "Well we were asking $15 but you can have it for $4, because we are closing this sale down soon" how could I pass it up!!!!!!
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Wed, May. 11th, 2005, 06:10 pm
moiracoon: (no subject)

(I don't know if mentioning one's own auctions is acceptable in this community. If not, I'll be more than happy to delete the post.)

I'm currently thinning my collection of vintage aprons and have posted a few of them (along with other items) on eBay. If any of you are collectors of such things, please take a peek.

Mon, May. 9th, 2005, 12:18 pm
primrose04: Estate sale goodies

Look at this incredible card table cloth I found at an estate sale this weekend. It's heavy black cotton lined with watermelon-colored silk and has ties at the corners for attaching it to the table legs. The embroidery is amazing with different figures in each corner and along the sides. A little too perfect to be hand done, I think. But I'm not sure. I found lots of great things at this sale but this was (by far) the most spectaular. Needless to say I'm not cutting this up for pillows!

I'm still washing, drying, ironing my other purchases but may post more photos later.

Wed, Apr. 20th, 2005, 12:57 pm
primrose04: (no subject)

I consign at a shop that mostly sells vintage linens and the owner often has really cool things for very low prices because they aren't the kinds of things her customers buy. This past weekend I got several bags of vintage buttons and pom-pom trims. I also got 2 yards of this cute fabric for $2.00. 1950s maybe? It feels like the kind of cotton used for sheets, very crispy. I love the little polkadot animals.

Fri, Apr. 8th, 2005, 07:26 am
primrose04: Please don't squeeze the...

I'm planning a summer fruits collection/promo for my business so I've been buying a lot of fruit-related stuff lately. Like fabric with oranges and tablecloths with cherries and strawberries. I got an appliqued tablecloth yesterday that is just too perfect to cut up so I'll probably be selling it as is. I struggle all the time with whether or not to cut up perfectly good things. Sometimes I can't do it. This is why I also sell vintage things on my site.

Anyway, I recently got this vintage transfer pattern sheet with anthropomorphic fruits and sayings that is so funny. Not sure if it was intended for tea towels or aprons or what. I'm going to use this one with the oranges fabric I found last week to make a pillow:

There are also berries playing music ("It's the Berries"), two apples kissing ("Apple Sauce") and a drunk pear ("Stewed Pear") among others. Too funny! Maybe I'll do some tea towels, too.

Wed, Apr. 6th, 2005, 06:34 am
primrose04: (no subject)

I think I like the faded muted colors in vintage fabrics best.

And I believe that's what inspired Rachel Ashwell to start her shabby chic empire. That's the kind of vintage fabric that you find at flea markets - it's been used and is very soft and faded. I like that, too, although not a whole house worth. I like more of a modern country look (brighter color, cleaner look, less stuff)

But what intrigues me is the fabric you sometimes find that's still on the bolt or still has the store tags on it. You just know someone bought it for a project they never got around to finishing. It's been tucked away somewhere, was never washed, is just in perfect condition. I can picture women buying that fabric because they loved it (like I do all the time), then getting too busy.

I've been buying a lot of unfinished or partially finished embroidery projects lately. I love to do embroidery and the old patterns (Vogart, Laura Wheeler, Alice Brooks) are great. But same thing. People would buy and never finish them. I can see why in some cases. I have a tablecloth covered with lilacs - just hundereds of flowers - it would take a year to finish! I also have some cute baby bibs from the 50s. The woman probably thought she had plenty of time to finish them while pregnant and then the baby came and by the time she thought about them again the child was two or three years old!

But, in a way, I'm glad they didn't find the time to use these things and kept them stored away. Otherwise we wouldn't be able to find and use them now.

Mon, Apr. 4th, 2005, 01:58 pm
primrose04: Latest find

I got 5 yards of this fabric a couple of weeks ago on eBay. 1940s cotton. As you can see I like bold colors and graphic florals. Among other things. What do you like?

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