Over the rainbow, not exactly over the moonPosted: April 27, 2014 Filed under: Fun Finds | Tags: thrift shopping, thrift store, vintage, vintage sewing notions 2 Comments
You know yard sale season has arrived when the shelves of thrift stores start getting a bit empty. Last Saturday all the glassware was clear, all the dishes were boring, and even my favorite store with its perpetual Saturday-40%-off-bric-a-brac sale was a dud. Total dud. How is that even possible?
So I hit all the off-the-beaten-track stores run by hospitals, nonprofits and nuns. They’re the only local stores that carry old sewing stuff–fabric, notions, patterns. That’s where I found an assortment of little goodies.
At this stop the woman at the checkout in front of me had three laundry baskets full of toys. Expensive toys. The nun asked if she ran a day care. Nope. She was buying them all for her cockatoo! I wanted to see her house so bad. Can’t you just imagine mountains of plastic stuff with a bored bird perched on top?
Another shop had bins of wool yarn balls. I bought a few to repair my Granny Square afghans. That makes me one step closer to learning how to crochet. They also have someone obsessive on staff who neatly separates white and colored buttons and puts them into recycled jelly jars. (I have this idea of covering something with a zillion buttons. I just don’t know what yet.)
These remnants of kitchen fabric were too pretty to leave behind. No idea what I’ll do with them. Yet.
I really wished I’d had this linen table topper for Easter! I love that the fabric is dark green instead of the usual white. How often do you see that? Like, never.
Okay, this tote isn’t even remotely vintage but the colors were yelling, “HEY! YOU! You need another tote!” Kaffe Fassett would approve and probably wear something plaid with it. I’m not that flamboyant.
I even brought home pastels. Sort of.
And a cheesy hand-painted vase that’s just the right size for holding pencils. It’s stamped “Made in Italy”. Why wasn’t it glazed instead of painted? (Why do I even think of questions like this?)
And finally, a few red plastic kitchen doodads.
Including a never-used set of Christmas cookie cutters.
Hope your weekend shopping was fun, too!
Love that silly little Italian vase! It was probably a super cheap tourist thing—quickly painted instead of sent back through the kiln (expensive glaze! expensive kiln-firing!). And come December, I would like to see an iced cooky version of a Nativity scene, please!
Silly Italian vase is going to find a home in my sewing room where I have yet to do any sewing. (Need to take my machine for repair.)