Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Show and Tell Time!

Warning - this post is photo-intensive. If you're on dial-up, you may want to walk away from the computer for a few minutes while they all load. I tried to be picky about what I showcased, but they were all such good deals that I wanted to share them all with you. :)

I think I already mentioned that we were on vacation last week. Our idea of vacation is to get a condo and lounge around doing "nothing" all week or hit the local thrift shops. We did a little of both this time, which amounted to the perfect vacation for us.

Here are some of our best finds of the week ...

First of all, this Brighton purse that I picked up at Salvation Army for $1.49.

See? It even has the name intact, which means whoever bought it didn't get it at a closeout store or when it was discontinued.

And here are some cute charms that were attached to the front of the purse. Are you familiar with Brighton purses? If not, do a search and find out what these bags go for. This was a steal! (And yes, it has the signature Brighton heart charm attached to the handle. I just didn't take a picture of it.)

At the same Salvation Army, I spied this adorable picnic-basket-style purse. I just had to have it. Imagine my surprise to open it up and find this label:

... Etienne Aigner, with a price tag of $1.99. I didn't have to think twice about that one, either. I'm already using it.

On a side note, I was never that enamored with purses until recently. Now I love to collect (and use) cute purses, but only if I get them at thrift stores. :)

That same Salvation Army had this Stampin Up musical score background stamp and sentiment for $5.99. It took me all of five seconds to grab it. I'm not sure how much it costed originally because I can't seem to find it online anywhere. But I know for sure that it was a LOT more than $5.99. The funny thing is I've been admiring musical note backgrounds lately and had my eye on a set of clear (much smaller) ones at Michaels.

My 10-year-old niece is getting into crafts and sewing and such, and her mother wanted to give her a sewing machine of her own for Christmas this year. The only catch: she wanted something less than $20. Hmmm ... none of the thrift stores around here seem to sell them for those prices, at least not with a presser foot and confirmation that it actually works.

In fact, our Goodwill has knowingly put out a Janome sewing machine with no presser foot that they knew didn't work and marked it "as is" for $40. (I don't mind them marking it "as is," but if they know it doesn't work they really should note it. All electronics are marked "as is," but we assume they work.) Good thing the employees like me and were kind enough to clue me in! I shop with caution at that store, trust me!

Anyway, I found this older Kenmore that works and has a presser foot for only $8 at Salvation Army. My sister was thrilled. It's a bit dirty, but dirt can always be cleaned up. For that savings, we're willing to do some cleaning.

At the same Salvation Army, I found this very nice sturdy rolling suitcase for $4. Since we travel a fair amount, our kids each have one of their own, but they are falling apart. I've been scouting for reasonably-priced replacements, and I was thrilled to find this one for less than we originally paid for the ones they have now.

Remember the Goodwill with the broken Janome sewing machine? Well, things have a way of working out. I really don't like that they pulled those shenanigans with the Janome, but check out this fabric I found in the sheet section. Are you familiar with quilting cottons? This is a Michael Miller design called Pretty Poppy. It's 44" wide, and there were 7-1/4 yards of it. Guess what I paid for it ... How about $4.00! This very same material is going for $7+ a yard online. Thanks, Goodwill! That reminds me of the saying, "What goes around, comes around." :)

I mentioned that I've been collecting sheets for the fabric, right? Well, here we go with my sheet finds. I already shared my first haul last week. This is what I've collected since then. I got all the above yellows at the same store for $2 each, and they're all Twin size. I'm thinking they'd make a lovely quilt.

I found these sheets at a lovely Hospice thrift shop. Don't you just love it when thrift stores take the time to organize and package things in a pleasing manner? It doesn't hurt that the prices weren't affected by the packaging, either. I paid $3 for each bundle that included a Twin flat sheet and pillowcase. This is such a versatile fabric and could go with reds/pinks or yellow.

I hit the jackpot at a Salvation Army store that was crammed full with sheets and such. I don't know for sure, but I think this was originally a curtain panel in someone's kitchen. Whoever had sewn it must have been a beginner (from the looks of the sewing), but there are plenty of cute designs for me to cut apart and use as appliques on my homemade aprons. (They're a lot bigger than they look.) I only paid $1 for this panel, which includes over 10 of the blocks.

I got all of these at that same Salvation Army store. The top two are flannel sheets (both Twin size), and I'm thinking of making a rag quilt out of them. The small floral (Full size) is another very versatile filler-style fabric, and I was thrilled to get it for $3. I got the blue stripe (XL Twin for $2) to pair with the sewing-themed fabric I had bought earlier. I'm planning to make my niece's sewing bag from it.

I got this Queen-size fitted sheet because I love the fabric so much, but my husband decided to steal it for our bed. I guess I'll still get to enjoy it there ...

I got a fitted sheet, flat sheet and pillowcase of this lovely bluish/purplish rose from an SPCA thrift shop for $5/set (Twin size). I was pretty happy with that price since I love roses so much.

A Salvation Army store yielded this Twin-size sheet for $2.

And I found this beach-themed fitted sheet (Double size) at Goodwill for $2. My sister-in-law's room is done in a beach theme, and I'd love to make something for her bed.

My daughter loves Hello Kitty, so I couldn't pass up this Twin-size sheet and pillowcase for $2.75 at Goodwill.

I don't know what to make of this fabric, since it has no label on it. I'm not even sure it started out as a sheet, although it appears to have been one. It feels like a 100% cotton, but it's sized really funny - something like 52 x 90". That's okay, though. I'm happy to have gotten that much pretty fabric for $2 each (there were two of them).

And lastly, I picked up these flannel baby receiving blankets for $0.10 each. A friend of ours is having a baby, and I'm hoping to make something with them.

That's a lot of fabric, isn't it? My son just walked into my room and said as much. My husband asked if I was going to work through all of this before I went to the nursing home. Ah, the doubters. Wait until they see what all of this can make! :)

Tomorrow is our "I Challenge You Wednesday," but I'll have a sheet project to show you on Thursday ... and probably a few more days after that, too.

And just in case you're interested in what people are making with sheets, here's a great blog for you.


Shore Girl said...

Glad you had a fun, relaxing, and profitable vacation! I'd say from the size of your sheet stash (+ all the stuff in your craft room) that they better enlarge the rooms at the nursing home you go to! (ha ha)

Sophia said...

Hey, that's a great way to ensure I get a nice, roomy nursing home! :)