Friday, March 21, 2008

Thrifted Finds and A Thing for Roses Fabric

On my last post I mentioned I had a pretty good day thrifting on Monday. My plan was to stop at Home Depot to get some sandpaper and wallpaper paste after I dropped the kids off at school. Somehow my car just kept on going to the Goodwill down the road. I'm so glad it did as I found a few goodies. After that I drove a few more miles until I got to Value Village where I found a few more fun things. And finally I stopped at the Salvation Army Boutique. Here's a pic of my haul.

Wow, was it ever gray on Monday. Sorry for the bad picture. Here we have a cool basket, vintage bird feeder, batting, victorian couple plaque, big jar, three tier stand, quilted glove box, extra long floral curtain panel, two vintage half slips, little bunny in an egg, vintage baby print and

This funny little thing is actually a Steiff cat puppet. I was super excited to find this as they can be quite collectible. I found this one in a bag at the bottom of a basket at the Salvation Army. Sometimes it pays to dig. The funny thing is, that we already had a little dog puppet from when my husband was a baby. Now he has a friend.

At Goodwill I also found this dress. It's a little big for Manni, but a tiny bit tight on me. But isn't the fabric great? On closer inspection I could see that it is vintage and homemade. Very nicely done. Love the pleated skirt. Maybe if I can drop a few I will be able to wear it this summer.

My thrifting break last week did not include ebay as I found and bought some cute fabric to add to my stash. I am currently going through and cleaning out my sewing room and I will be selling my less favorite fabrics. But, as you can see, I do have a thing for roses fabric.

Close up of the three tickings I got from one seller. You may remember from my last post that I just cleaned out my stash of tickings, but these were so pretty and not ones I already had and a good price. Alright, my name is Lisa and I am a ticking addict.

Isabel found this fabric at the Camas Antique Mall last weekend. I was drooling over it the whole time we walked around and told her if she changed her mind, I would be happy to buy it. She was kind enough to share a couple bouquets with me. Thanks so much Isabel, I love it!

This is another shoe bag I found at the Camas mall. I actually saw it in the window while I was waiting in line and when I got in the door, ran and grabbed it. Now I have three and can't figure out where to put them.

On Wednesday I found this on craigslist. Isn't it great? I bought it to resell but am seriously thinking about keeping it. Maybe I'll just keep it a couple months and take it to Farm Chicks. Speaking of Farm Chicks, this week I have actually been working on some projects to take there. I am getting more and more excited and even though I still have a few months, I know that I have a lot to do before I'm even close to being ready. I sure hope to be able to meet some of my blogging friends at the show. For more info you can go to

Today I will be going to Isabel's to work on some sewing projects. Joy's coming too. Should be lots of fun and laughing. Maybe we will even get something done too. I plan on working on a shopping cart liner and some smaller sewing projects. Have a fun weekend! It's the start of our Spring Break so we'll have to do some fun things with the kids next week.


Heather ~ Pretty Petals said...

Hi Lisa... oh lots of goodies you have found!! are your ears ringing?? I have been working on your little trunk of junque. :)))

anyway, I am just so beside myself that you have now found 3 shoe bags!!! I mean, this is a girl that has been scouring every inch of ground to find just 1 and I have to say I am a bit jealous... hehe... in the friendliest sort of way of course!

Have a fun day with your friends!! xox Heather

Auntie Joy said...

Heather is kidding, but seriously, I am green with envy!! I love all of you shoe bags.
I was wondering what the tick was, I didn't know you were an addict!! hahaha.
I am so excited to come sew with you guys. I hope we get lots done!

Martha Kohley said...

That Steiff puppet is pretty cute and so it the dress - great finds! You gals have a fun day. I'll be off to work later this afternoon to hang out with Cindy for a few hours. I must be awful, 'cuz my grandma used to say, "No rest for the wicked!". Have a great Easter, M.

Alison Gibbs said...

Wow Lisa what fabulous finds. How cute the cat puppet is!
Love the shoe bag such pretty fabric
Happy Easter

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Great finds, as usual!! I'm so jealous of all that pretty ticking! Of course, I don't even know how to sew, so what would I even do with it? LOL!! I would just stare at it and fold in on the shelf to look pretty, I guess.

Wanda said...

May I live vicariously through you? Those are some wonderful finds. I haven't been able to do much lately and am really enjoying seeing what other people have found.

Back Through Time said...

Wonderful stuff! Love the shoe bag, I have several I use.
Happy Easter

Anonymous said...

Lisa, you always find such pretties! I love reading about your vintage finds! Oh, and those ticking fabrics are killer! Just lovely!

Happy Easter!


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Happy Easter, dear Lisa!
Caught up on your posts and you have been one busy chick-a-dee!!! Great hauls, sweet fabrics, love your charms and that Steiff cat is a true treasure. Yes, it does pay to dig to the bottom of the box!!!!


Pat said...

Lisa, Well, once again, you have made me almost salivate looking at the photos of your latest "haul."
I am so envious. I know you have so much fun hunting and gathering. They say that cutting your own wood warms you twice - once when you cut it and again when you burn it. I bet you feel that way about your finds. Warms you once when you find it and again when you share it with us! Thanks for sharing! Pat

Linda said...

Hi Lisa, I like all your finds and the little Steiff puppet is just great. Pretty, pretty fabric too. Wishing you and your a Happy Easter. Linda

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh! You always find such great treasures! Every time I visit here I wish I lived closer to Washington so I could go to the Farm Chicks Show!

CatHerder said...

WOW..what a haul, Im impressed! The fabrics and chest are gorgeous, but I think I have a soft spot for the little kitty puppet!

Ciderantiques said...

Hi Lisa, Great finds! Love that Steiff puppet. I blog hopped from Heather's link. Have fun treasure hunting. Karen.

Fated Follies Studio said...

what beautiful fabric. good finds!

love of yellow roses said...

I have a thing for rose print fabric too. I love the ticking pieces you got . They are lovely. Sounds like you have an awesome thrift stores to go to. My Grandma is a thrift store queen! Her and a friend will go and spend the whole day going through everything!! She packs her lunch to eat at the store, that is how long they are in there. I guess I need to be hitting my local thrift stores a little more often. Nice to meet you.

Stephanie said...

Wow, I love that fabric you have ! I cant get enough of treasure hunting!!

Joy said...

Ohmigosh, can I come thrifting with you?! Found you through Heather's blog and am just drooling over the eye candy over here. Another blog I'll have to add to my Favorites list!