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This Week’s Thrifting Finds – Thrifted Fabric & Linens

Vintage Tablecloth Close-upNot much to report this week on the thrifting front!  I have been hunkered down in my house for most of the week, working on my novel and posting for you lovely readers, so I haven’t had much time to scrounge.  However, I did have time to take a quick peek into the thrift stores on Monday, and I found the following:

Vintage FabricI found a few yards of this great vintage cotton fabric. It is interesting because has a lot of different vertical patterns that alternate. This is just a sample of a few of them. This is another great candidate for pillows.

Vintage TableclothI also found a great rectangular tablecloth. I love the daisy pattern, and it is going to look great on the three season porch in the summer.

And I got both for under $2!

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Thrifted Fabric

70's Fabric

Here is some of the great vintage fabric that I got from Goodwill last week.  This is upholstery fabric, and it is a little scratchy, so it is out for pillows.  I wonder what I can do with it?  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Also, I picked up some great blue linen fabric, which is incredibly soft and a wonderful robin’s egg blue.  It was a super deal at $.49!  I just couldn’t pass it up.  I am going to start a quilt soon made of vintage bedsheets, and I thought that would be a great extra fabric to throw in.

Robin's Egg Blue Linen

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Thrift, Glorious Thrift

The other day I was reading a post on the Queen of Fifity Cents about how sometimes garage sale days are theme days, where you go from sale to sale stumbling across the same thing.  Why does it happen?  It is a question of cosmic proportions. Unfortunately, when you thrift at Goodwill and Salvation Army, the answer to that question has kind of a squick factor.  

For example, a lot of great thrifting stuff yesterday was stuff from the 1970’s.  And my part of my brain asked itself: So why 70’s stuff today when last week it was mostly 50’s stuff? And the smarter, more motherly part of my brain (which made me wear a scarf yesterday) said: Well, honey, because it’s someone’s estate.  

And I can never truly be super excited at an estate sale. Oh sure, when I get my stuff home I am pleased, but while I am walking around, looking, I always think: This was someone’s life. And we are all scavengers.

But then I remember that they are just things. I mean, I would be happy if someone made use of all my stuff after I was gone. So I shouldn’t feel guilty, right?

But enough of being maudlin!  It is a great day, warm out and sunny for once, and I picked up some great stuff the other day while thrifting. So much stuff, in fact, that I am going to have to split it into two posts!

As I mentioned above, almost everything was 70’s themed.  There was some great Tupperware, cool glasses (which I missed getting by a second. RRR!) and some great linens.  Here is half of what I picked up.

Vintage Finds Table The vintage Tupperware is great. I love the look of the old stuff.  One of my friends needed some storage stuff, so I gave it straightaway to her, lest I be tempted to cram it into my kitchen.  She was very excited. She loves vintage, too!

The linen underneath was a mystery.  It is woven, but thicker than a tablecloth.  It is almost like a blanket, but not quite, and it isn’t thick enough to be a rug.  It intrigued me, and it was pretty, so I picked it up.  I asked the person checking me out at Goodwill what she thought, and she said that her mother had a bunch of these and used some as rugs and some as tablecloths. Anyone out there know what these are for? Let us know if you do!

Pyrex DecanterThe next thing I got was this great Pyrex pitcher in the shape of a beaker.  I loved it, because Hubs is a chemist, so he loves science-y type stuff.  Not sure what his take is on it yet, but I like it!Melamine Gravy Boat

Last, but not least, is this great melamine or melamac gravy boat.  I am not sure, but I think this is more mod than 70’s, just because MidCent Keith bought one that reminded me of it and posted a picture on Flickr.  But I love that this one looks like a whale’s tail.

Jealous of my boat?  Well, I found one exactly like it, except pink, here on Etsy. For $5, which isn’t bad, so you too can have the mod glory! 

A pretty good day, I would say. Stay tuned for the rest of the booty!

* Update: This post has been linked to Songbirdtiff’s Good Stuff Thursdays post! Her blog is really cute, so check it out!

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