Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Thrifting Tuesday

Last week we headed up to my parents' house for a birthday party and to pick up my nephew for a few months. On the way, we broke up the trip with a few thrift store stops, and I found lots of goodies again. It's a good thing these don't cost a lot, or I'd have to find a new "hobby"! :)

Sometimes it's frustrating to browse through Goodwill's linen section, but occasionally you run across a great deal. This 1 yard of tiger print fabric was priced at $1.00. I love to find fabric yardage secondhand because it's so cheap!

I adore this pink gardening-themed fabric that I got at the same Goodwill for just $1. You won't believe how many yards - 4-1/2! I guess that makes up a little for the $6 sheet prices at that same store. (No, I didn't buy any of those.)

I vividly remember the Cabbage Patch craze as a child, so I was thrilled to find this vintage Cabbage Patch Kids pillowcase at a new-to-me thrift store (where we also ran across some "old" college friends).

I was even more thrilled to find the matching sheet just up the road at a different store! What are the chances of that? :) I'm debating how best to use these, since I'm dying to cut them up and feature those dolls individually. However, the way they are grouped together is going to make that a bit more difficult. Any ideas?

Okay, on to the vintage sheets ... I got a fitted sheet and flat sheet both in this print. It has more of a linen feel to it, although it's 50/50 poly/cotton like all the rest.

I was thrilled to find this blue and green floral, since it perfectly matches the blue/green floral I picked up last week (look at the second sheet in that post).

I got two of these sheets, and they are in like-new condition. You can tell by the feel of them that they have never been used or washed. In case you can't tell, those are tiny yellow roses.

This yellow stripe is so soft. It's a great addition to my vintage yellow collection!

Isn't this one pretty? Pink and yellow tulips in a super-soft sheet. This one even had the year on a tag: 1976. It's older than I am. :)

Here's a yellow and green stripe. I love finding these stripes to coordinate with the florals!

Here's a busier print that would make a perfect backing fabric!

And this one really isn't so washed out in real life. It's an impressionist-looking print, so the flowers aren't very defined; but it's nice and bright.

So there you have my finds from the past week. If you're interested in any of these fabrics, I've posted some of them in my Etsy shop.

Did you find anything great at the thrift stores this week? I'd love to hear about it!

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Shore Girl said...

Pink garden piece is my favorite!

Shirley said...

So I happened to have Photoshop open when I read your 'challenge' regarding the CBK sheet... I could think of what to do if it were a question of manipulating a photo collage... see this super quick example I put together: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/2iFBf_55-lKQIjA6vgHqDg?feat=directlink

The photo is just an extremely rough idea - you can see I didn't bother to actually do any blending & such, but in my mind I was thinking that each scene (or child, if possible) could be trimmed out of the sheet with a soft flowing edge that would be appliqued to a larger "cabbage", blending in the edges if you will...then each "cabbage" could be used in a square for a quilt and/or used as artwork for walls, etc. But actually doing all that with material & thread would be an outrageous amount of needlework!

Sophia said...


That is a cute idea, and I was thinking of something similar. I'm not sure how much applique I'm feeling up to right now, but I'll definitely consider it once I've done a little more machine applique. :)

Thanks so much for your help!

Shirley said...

Yeah, it would be a lot of work! I'd definitely be thinking about it twice (or thrice!)... Now, if it were Care Bears, that would be a whole 'nother story and I'd be on it! LOL

I was also trying to see if the scenes were laid out into any repeating patterns - it looks like some of them are in a 'diamond' shape, but other are definitely free-form. If there were easy primary shapes to cut, that would make it a whole lot easier!

Anonymous said...

Do I dare admit that I had those floral print sheets (several of them including the 1976) on my bed in my younger days?

Lyssa said...

Love those sheets!
That is amazing that you found that match at two different stores!
Thanks for linking up to thrifty thursday!!

Sophia said...

I should have mentioned that I'm not *much* younger than that 1976 sheet. It would have been a year old when I was born. :)