Thrift Store Score



Crazy hot temperatures followed by rain storms kept us home for most of Saturday. Finally around 4 pm, the rain stopped and things had cooled off. I decided a quick trip to the thrift store seemed like the perfect thing to do. The fabric bin was actually overflowing and I found some really cool stuff! Unfortunately, this thrift store isn't so thrifty in price so I had to limit my choices. I ended up choosing this really nice navy (black?) herringbone print and this absolutely awesome bird print. On the selvage of the birdie fabric are the words M. Lowenstein and Sons. No date or design name. I did some googling and I'm thinking this is vintage stuff! I got yards and yards of it, though it's rather narrow - not the usual 44-45 inches across. Hopefully I will be able to cut into it and make some stuff soon. Any ideas?





I also came away with 3 hanks of elastic and some bias binding-all for about $7.50. Not too shabby. The herringbone print may make an appearance as a new purse. I have an idea for a purse pattern floating around in my head and if I can find something to coordinate with the herringbone, I'll get started on it soon. If it all works out like I hope and I can figure out the technical aspects of producing printable pattern pieces, the pattern my end up in the shop!


10 comments

  1. omgosh...that bird fabric is divine! Great score!

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  2. love that fabric, nice find!

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  3. THAT BIRD PRINT IS AMAZING!!

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  4. Score! I lurve, lurve, LURVE the birdies!!!

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  5. That birdie fabric is FABULOUS! I don't have any brilliant ideas for you, but I can't wait to see what you make with it!

    (P.S. - I'm finally going to get to go to IKEA next weekend in Charlotte and I'm ecstatic! I need a good IKEA fix! You know what it's like :-)

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  6. I also made a purse pattern and was thinking about looking into adding it to my site. I have no idea how to do that. Oh, and I love the bird print too!

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  7. Love your finds...I wish my local thrift store had a fabric bin. Can't wait to see what you come up with.

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  8. So jealous! My thrift store's fabric bin is usually packed with musty, itchy fabric. You did good, lady!

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  9. What great finds; the bird fabric is adorable! Thrifting vintage fabric is always such a thrill. I usually can't bear to cut it up, though!

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