I hate garage sales, and yet I love them. I hate looking over really awful crap and feeling uncomfortable for not wanting any of it. I really hate when the people who run the garage sales follow you around and point out what they have and maybe you are interested in it. I've been to a lot of really bad garage sales, I guess. What I do like are street sales, and even better, citywide sales. All you need to do is walk around and eventurally you'll find something. Our city had their community garage sales this past weekend and it was the best ever garage saling I've done in a long time.
This is probably some sort of hardware caddy, but each drawer holds 8 to 10 wooden spools of thread. Around 180 spools for 3.00. Some of them still have their cellophane wrappers, and there are two lovely spools of silk thread.
The lady I bought this from said it was a boy's suit from 1930's Czechoslovakia. It fits Ivy, although I think there must have been an undershirt, because the pants have buttonholes, and there are no buttons, or indications that there were once buttons on the middy blouse. It was 9.00, and she had another suit, a little smaller, in navy wool and I'm regretting not buying it as well.
We were at another sale and I overheard the guy running it say to another potential costomer "have you been to the one with all the fabric" and my husband laughed at the way I swiveled my head around. It was down the street, I had seen the "Garage Sale" sign and was intending to go but now that I knew there was fabric I was hoping hoping it wouldn't be all doubleknit. And mostly it was, but there were still few treasures.
I don't know how old this calico is, but the tags say .50 a yard. There's not quite a yard of the yellow, and a yard and three quarters of the other.
Everything was 1.00 a yard. There was three yards of the plaid--which might have been curtain fabric, there was also a lot of home decor type fabrics, but it's now cut into a dress from a 1950's shirtwaist pattern. The pink is five yards, and the blue and brown is a 1970's fabric based on the designer printed on the selvage, there is three yards of that.
The orange floral was a polished cotton that I wasn't sure of when I got it home, it was very shiny. But washing it took out a lot of the sheen and I like it better now. The magenta one I'm a little disappointed it, I was in a bit of a hurry looking over the fabrics, and a little overwhelmed by the amount of polyester I needed to dig through, so when I saw that, I grabbed it. It drapes very nicely, and I thought it was a vintage rayon, but closer examination shows it has some stretch to it, and when wet it had a rubbery smell so probably lycra. It also ran a lot when I washed it, I hope I got most of the extra dye out. Still, 3.00 for the piece I can set it aside, I'm sure it will of use at some point.