I wiped away the weeds & foam. / I fetched my sea-born treasures home... Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, February 21, 2020

Thrift Shop Finds and a Give Away

A fun treat for me in winter is a day out thrifting with my friend B. A previous day was cancelled so we squeezed in a February afternoon last week.
This is my fave big thrifting bag, filled nicely for about 40.oo.

B is great for thrifting, easy going and never rushed [despite a flooded bathroom back home]. We went to the closer of the faraway thrift shops; we're getting good at this trip, only 40 minutes on a quiet winter day. Let's see what is in my bag?

Treasures! Wow.

I had nothing in mind to look for and not much money to spend. I was very surprised to find an array of goodies, all well priced.

Most of the tchotchkas were .99, the garments 5.99.

Shirts for quilt making.

Blog friends Penny and Nancy have gotten me to look at women's blouses as well as men's big shirts, for pretty Liberty-like florals and white ground shirtings. Both of these blouses are very fine but sturdy cotton batiste, I think.. 

You know how I love polkadots! GAP blouse, not really big but worth getting. Aspirin sized dots.

I love that every now and then a dot was shamrock green instead of the  pretty cobalt blue.

Golden plaids for my Blackbirds quilt; Sue is also making this quilt, in our meandering kind of way.

I had thought to make mine brown and blue but with my addiction to color I have rethought that and will do the mustard-y gold instead. The top plaid is a 1/2 yard, not thrifted, picked up somewhere; the bright blue and mustard lower right is another GAP shirt. Much more fun than brown!

Lovely tea towels, quite large. Looks like Italian linen damask but is cotton made in China. Lovely blue, deeper than the pics show, will soften with use and washing.

Dearest sweetest little plate. That blue!  Had to get it for 99 cents.

All hand painted, dainty flowers.

I couldn't read the label in the store, I thought it was Czech or Austrian, but it's from Japan, prob around 1930s?

I adjusted the color on this shot, below, to show the wonderful blue. The other colors are off, disregard.

Silverplate baubles dish. Unusual because it is a clam shell; most things like this are scallop shells.

Too cute, to drop summer bracelets and scrunchies in.

Three vintage Mary Englebreit note cards.  I still have a few friends I write real notes to, and though her doggy is not a Pug, he is a very sweet Scotty instead. You know how expensive cards are nowadays, so these equal .33 cents each. Love them.

A paper mache heart box to paint and add to my stack of good and faux boxes.

The design is quite charming---inspiration for a wool applique piece, like a pincushion? The dragonflies are pale blue, not white---blue being the unintended but apparent theme of this outing.

And.....Yes, yes, I caved and bought a glass flower frog. This one was so unusual with  its oval shape, and again, only 99 cents, not 5 dollars like the ones at the church flea.

Back to the garments:

 This is a very interesting heavy cotton wrap dress. I bought it to cut up for early summer couch pillows, like red-white-and-blue Mem Day through the 4th of July, but it's really cute. How about wearing it to a summer wedding or shower, with nude high heels and my gold and pearls seashell necklace. Hmmm.

Love the fabric, though the red ran like crazy in the wash. Thank goodness for Color Catchers.

And this very cute 100% linen floaty shirt, chosen for the black poppies silhouette print, but I may wear it too--black tank top, khaki capris, black cotton espadrilles, crochet string/ leather market tote. How cool is that, I''ll be so stylish this summer.

Did NOT buy: there were three red and white reindeer/ pine tree ski sweaters, each different, all handmade. Big. I wanted to get them to felt[? [this one is cotton, won't felt], and to make into throw pillows for etsy next year. But next Christmas seemed so far far away and I passed them up. Maybe a ''too bad"? Prob not cost effective, I think they were 9.99 each.

Today was very cold but sunny. Off and on we've been having warmer than usual days and no snow. I kind of hope that is how the rest of this winter goes, but then I cringe to think of a summer that is also 20* above normal. We'll roast like hot dogs, won't we.

And now for the Give Away. EDIT: Since nobody has claimed the panels, I am feeling sad and sorry for it, so unloved. I think I will chop up one panel for my piano key border I am working on. I will make it beautiful [to me] by reworking it. There is still another panel left, if anyone would give it some love and a home.

original offer: I bought this fabric panel for the sayings, to use as parts of quilt labels or backings. The other sayings range from wonderful, Amelia Earhart, about the ''stars at your back..'', Walt Whitman, I forget what he had to say...but I really really HATE this saying, I hate being told what to to, what to have in my house--- it reminds me of that Marie Kondo woman, with her silly foot kick and finger pointing at all my finds and treasures----

Image result for marie kondo signature leg kick and point

But perhaps you are a minimalist and like this fabric?   I can either throw this away or I will give it to the first person [US only, sorry] who claims it here. Feel free to chop it up so only the graphic block and white lettering remains and the message is obscured? Or use as you will. Free free free. Want it?

width of fabric, 2 panels on 44". 100% cotton. Images are about the size of a magazine, larger than one might expect.

PS I do have a few items on my wish list, but I don't think they're going to be thrift shop finds: milk glass candy dishes with the pierced ruffle around the bowl. These make darling pincushions with built in scissor holders; miniature blue and white pitchers, usually Blue Willow children's tea sets [creamer, milk jug--do NOT want teapots! or cups etc], but also sometimes from Japan. And thimbles still, more on that in a future post.

have a great weekend!



gone to the beach....


  1. That was great. I love thrift store posts.

  2. I am not a fan of that saying either!!
    Looks like a good time at the thrift store. Love the womens shirts for quilts!!

  3. Nice thrifting finds! Love the clamshell dish and the glass frog, lol. The dress and poppy shirt, definitely try wearing them - you can always cut them up later!

    Since my house is nearing hoarder status, I don't want that saying either! It's something I ought to do, but keep putting off. I'll get around to it one of these days...

    Our weather keeps bouncing back and forth - in the 40s one day, high of 14 the next. Got a surprise 2" snowfall overnight on Wednesday but even though it was cold on Thursday the sun melted most of it. Crazy weather!

    Glad you had a good day out and shared your treasures with us. Give Mo a hug for me!

  4. Great finds! That sweet little blue plate is adorable. I was at Good Will store yesterday and found a nice frame for my cross stitch for $2.50. Enjoy!

    1. I always forget to look at artwork and frames! Need to do that.

  5. As far as the panel goes maybe you can donate to the thrift shop. Loved all the items you found. The dress & shirt are to cute to cut-up. Maybe wear this summer then cut them this winter...get your money worth.Ha Ha Enjoy your week-end, hugs to Mo.

    1. The panel is used/ claimed! But donating it is a good idea too. I prob will wear the blouse and maybe save the dress. I haven't worn a dress in many many years.

  6. Nice finds, especially that sweet little blue plate and the tulip heart-shape box. Love that! I don't mind the saying, but too much of a rebel to play "Simon Says do this." With much of anything.

  7. You made out GREAT at the thrift shop! Love those clothes, isn't it amazing how we can take something someone else probably just got tired of and make a whole new outfit from it?

  8. Posting this for QuiltGannndma bec her comment disappeared! ''QuiltGranma has left a new comment on your post "Thrift Shop Finds and a Give Away":

    Love that quote, but it doesn't fit my personality. If you are still giving the panels away, you can send them to me. I'll fined a use for them. Love that glass flower frog... would be great for pens, pencils, colored pencils...''

    1. Hi I had to repost your comment. If you email me your address I will send you one of the panels [I cut one up last night] and one o=f the other sayings! email me


  9. You really had a successful outing! The clam shell is so pretty. How big is it? Great price on the flower frog, too. And, your sweet blue plate. Can't wait to see it with something served on it.

    The dress and blouse are very cute. I LOVE it when you describe an ensemble!!! You're so good at it. It's obvious that you had a career in fashion :) I hope you DO wear them this summer.

    Oooh, good idea to share things you're interested in finding. Never know what one of us might find.


  10. Yay, a thrifting trip. What fun. I love your finds. Especially the heart box. I'm due to go wandering again soon. 😊 Kit

  11. Such great finds, Lizzy. Those two blue prints (dots and dot-prints) are wonderful. (I remember how you like blue.) Have you noticed when using clothing for quilts that sometimes one side or the other of the fabric is smoother? My theory is that the outside of a shirt gets a little more wear, sometimes almost fuzzy, while the inside looks more like new.
    I'm looking forward to hear what you decide to do with the red-print dress.


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