Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Thrifting Tuesday

This past week was an amazing one at the thrift stores! It didn't start out that way, though. We had an evangelist and his wife visiting, and we took them to a few local thrift shops last Monday. I found nothing at all that day, and I was wondering if everyone had gotten rid of all their vintage sheets.

Well, the next day my husband and I were running errands and stopped in at the ones in the other direction. It didn't take us very long, but I found these stores overrun with sheets - a lot of them vintage - and other good deals.

So let's get on to the deals ...

The Epets stuffed animal was for our kids, who love these things. Someone had given us one that still had a code, and my kids had the greatest fun playing on the website. Well, we found another one with a code so my kids don't have to fight over whose the other one is. Bonus: there were three others, and they gave them to us for $0.10 each. (This was the only one with a code, but they love to play with the actual stuffed dogs, too.)

The boots were an amazing find. My teenaged nephew is staying with us for a few months, and he suddenly outgrew his good leather dress boots. They're not the easiest things in the world to find secondhand (especially in a size 11), and I knew they could get pricey in the regular stores. So I was thrilled when, after just two days of looking, my husband came over to me in Goodwill with these boots in his hands! They are in perfect condition, they're the right size, and they're Kenneth Cole Italian leather. I looked it up online, and this exact boot sells for $200. That certainly puts the $8 Goodwill price in perspective! :)

But that's not the end of unbelievable things you find in thrift stores ... Check out that new-in-the-box Sears dress shirt. It still has the $38 Sears price tag on it (never been opened), and that's a silk tie included with it. I was thrilled to get it for $5 in the exact size my dad wears.

The book isn't as amazing a find, but it coordinates well with our homeschool materials for next year, and I was thrilled to get it for $0.10. It's in perfect condition with bright, beautiful pictures.

Okay, on to the fabric. This first collage is of the non-vintage fabrics I found. The Laura Ashley pillowcase is gorgeous. I wish there had been a whole sheet set, but I'll settle for a gorgeous ruffled pillowcase. Who knows? It might end up as a frilly skirt for my daughter - or a pillowcase jumper.

I loved the blue and green Laura Ashley sheet. It's a great addition to my blue fabric stash. The red gingham is another one I just couldn't pass up. I love ginghams, especially for quilt bindings.

The safari fabric was $2, and there are about 4 yards of material there. It should coordinate neatly with the tiger-print fabric I recently purchased at another Goodwill. I'm still thinking of project ideas for them. Any ideas?

I nearly fell over when I saw this bundle of fabric at Goodwill. If you can see it closeup, it's fabric that has been pretreated with Scotchguard, it's vintage (from 1978) -- and there were around 11 yards of it for $8!

The lady at Salvation Army said this was a dust ruffle, but it doesn't look like one to me. It looks like someone cut a sheet to fit the top of their bed and added that gorgeous eyelet lace to the bottom of it. I couldn't find a tag on it, but I've seen this yellow stripe before, so I know it's vintage.

Please don't hate me, but I cut the eyelet trim off to use for separate projects. It's long enough to be a skirt for my daughter, so I'm thinking about adding it as an overskirt of some sort to a future dress project. It would make an equally-cute dressy apron. I'll have to think about that one ...

I'm working on quilt and sewing projects for a fall wedding, so I've been keeping my eye out for fall-colored vintage sheets. This was a great addition to my stash!

Here's another cute one that combines pink and orange - an unlikely combination in my book, but it works!

This gorgeous yellow rose sheet has vertical strips of this pattern. I think there are six strips on the sheet, so these are nice-sized roses. It has a linen feel to it, and it's in like-new condition. I was especially thrilled with this one because you usually only find a print like this as a trim on an otherwise-plain sheet.

Here's a pretty vintage pillowcase with an interesting pattern.

I love the mix of colors in this one, as well as the dainty look of it

This is so nice and bright, and I love blue and yellow together!

Here's another vintage stripe. This one is a greenish-blue. I really don't know how to describe the color because it's more green than it is blue, but it's not totally green. Do you know what I mean? Is there a name for a color like that? (Maybe aquamarine??)

There are nice-sized bouquets on this one, and it's nice and bright.

The other people in the linen section probably thought I was insane when I squealed over this find - a vintage two-tone pink stripe. I love, love, love pink!

So there you have a fabulous day of thrifting. I'm positive that somebody was cleaning out their grandma's linen closet, and you won't hear me complain if they do it some more. :)

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liz said...

What a great find with all those sheets! I never find more than 2 at a time around here.

The Journey said...

Amazing finds- I will post mine for you to come see later. I love the animal sheets. I've been looking for pillow cases. Especially the embroidered ones.


Sophia said...


I'd love to know what you have in mind for the embroidered pillowcases! :)

Lyssa said...

Can i just call you the queen of the vintage sheets?! You always find the best stashes. I love it. I can't wait to see what you make with them :)
Thanks for linking up to thrifty thursdays!

The Journey said...

I will be posting on my soon, you will have to come see my bargains. I love your blog-