Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Recent thrifting finds

I mentioned last week about making some sewing machine covers for some machines I had recently purchased. Well, here's "the rest of the story" ...

We were visiting my parents a few weeks ago and stopped by a local thrift store. I wasn't expecting much because their thrift stores generally don't have anything worth looking at. However, as soon as I walked in, I saw a sewing machine case with a price tag of $5 on it. Of course, I opened it up to make sure there was a machine inside. Not only was there a machine, but there was a foot pedal, too ... and it worked! (I've seen junky machines with no foot pedal going for $25 in thrift stores.)

I was so excited! When I told the lady behind the counter that I wanted it, she commented about "the other machine that came in with it". I hadn't seen the other machine because it hadn't been priced yet. When I inquired about it, they let me have that one for $5, too:

Sure, they need to be cleaned up. And no, they're definitely not the latest and greatest. But for beginning seamstresses, they'll work quite nicely. And for $5, I'm not going to argue!

You see, I've had it on my heart to teach my Sunday school young ladies some domestic arts. I'm not sure about your public schools, but our local schools don't teach home economics (cooking, sewing) any more. I know because I asked. Don't get me started on that. Trust me. :)

Anyway, I had my regular sewing machine and my back-up machine. But I have two regular girls right now and another coming into our class in March, and I was really hoping not to have to take my good machine back and forth across the parking lot. Not only that, but it's best for each girl to have a machine to work at, instead of having to take turns on only one or two machines. So I've been on the lookout for the two extras that I needed. I never, ever expected to find them at such a great price, but that's just how good God is!

And since you know I've been checking out the linen section of every thrift store we've walked into the last few months, here are the sheets I found last week:

I can't tell you how much I love this sheet!! If I remember correctly, it's a Waverly from the 90's. This border is at least 12", and then the rest of the sheet is the stripe. I would have happily paid $5 or more for it, but it was only $2. I'm thinking of making an apron (or two or three) to show off that border. Any other ideas??

I also found this vintage sheet in brand-new condition. It's a twin size, so it was only $1.50! In case I haven't said it enough, I love roses, so I'm especially thrilled when I find vintage sheets with roses.

I fell in love with this pillowcase (especially the border), so I picked it up with the intention of making a tote bag with it.

I have the same plans for this one, too.

So there you have a little peek into my thrifting adventures of the last week or so. I'd love to hear about your recent finds!


Anonymous said...

Wow! Now that's a deal! I love thrifting. You've really inspired me with your projects. Especially because you consider the cost and make it sounds very affordable to craft. Btw, I added you to my blog list. I hope that's alright.

Shore Girl said...

Glad you found what you need to teach your SS girls and you can't beat the price tag of $5.

As to the sheets - I'm partial to ones with blue in them. So that blue one popped off the page at me!

DeeAnn said...

I love all the sheet finds. They are just beautiful. No Home Economics! Unbelievable and Unacceptable! I am so happy you are able to teach these young girls. I was so proud my course load in Junior and Senior year was all home economics and I was an FHA secretary. I ended going with a different career that had nothing to do with home economics. :) I was a researcher before 9-11. Now, I chase storms. If I didn't have home economics I would not be the artist or career girl that I am today. Prayers and hugs to you for teaching.

The Journey said...

I love Kenmores- I've had mine for 37yrs and just bought another one last yr- older model also. both sew well. Check into skirts made with pillow cases and the dresses. They are sundress but can be paired with a T-shirt.
I love your blog.

Angela said...

we run a girls sewing club at our church too. It is SO rewarding. Hope your girls have as much fun as ours.
blessings x