Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Fortunate Finds: Estate Sale Linens, Books, and More
I've been good about several months of destashing, so I gave myself permission to go to a humongous estate sale over the weekend. I found some really great vintage stuff, and I need it all, truly! Ok, I don't need it all, but I was really circumspect about what I bought. I couldn't resist hot pink grosgrain ribbon, and this charming embroidered ribbon that dates to September 1978 whispered "please take me home":
I also found the most gorgeous handmade embroidered linens I have ever seen:
A preview of linens needing a bit of restoration
Those I've pictured above are stained in places, or need some crochet restoration work, such as in the photo below:
This picture does not do this sweet crochet trim justice. It was hand sewn onto the edge of the fabric with tiny, nearly invisible stitches.
Isn't this stitching amazing?
All of the embroidery is nearly perfect, and I am in awe of the skills the woman who did this. I actually turned the green doily over to look for joins (knots), as the stitching is so even it appears to be machine-made. I know that I may not be able to get the stains out, but as I bought these pieces for my enjoyment and have a good idea what I'll be using them for, I'm not worrying about. I also found a few darling, perfect, unstained pieces. I will put those in the Etsy shop sometime soon. A find like this is too good not to share!
I also found some things that I was not looking for at all. I bought a small bag of loose buttons, and apparently I now have a small collection of vintage and antique wooden spools of thread that I probably shouldn't keep. They might encourage further collecting. Check out my Flickr photostream if you'd like to see them and a couple of other interesting vintage items.
Finally, I found the strangest button that I've ever seen, molded in plastic with a pretty design, and a metal corkscrew "shank". This is a first for me. Is it an upholstery tack of some kind? Can anyone help me identify the button below?
What is this?