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Monday, July 27, 2015

Thrifting At It's Best :)

 It rained here during the night . . .
and the morning air smells like heaven :)
Hallelujah!!!
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Going to yard sales and thrift stores
can be so much fun . . .
especially when you find treasures:)
This dresser scarf was "Free".
How's that for a bargain?
It's hand embroidered and hand crocheted:)
Free again.
What you need to know is that they were
covered in rusty stains,
but I managed to get them out:) 
Pillowcase . . . Free.
Pillowcase . . . Free.
Free again . . .
I love the edging on this one.
It reminds me of my Mamma; she loved
crocheting with variegated threads. 
Okay, I finally had to put out some money.
I bought this hand-quilted Log Cabin 
quilt for $20. 
I looks so pretty in my pink bedroom:)
 I could not believe the $20 price tag . . .
but didn't hesitate adding it to my shopping cart.
I may go thrifting for another year or more,
and never find another score like this.
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I'm very happy with my treasures.

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Keep smiling.
Connie :)


57 comments:

  1. Oh so pretty, Connie! You have a real eye for a bargain and for beautiful things. I can't believe they were giving away those wonderful pieces of vintage embroidery... So much work. Not a style done much today but I remember the transfers and the stranded cottons we used to use, to make things just like this!

    Shoshi

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    1. Those pillow cases and table scarves when in a big box of things that had been water damaged and stained. When she say no charge, I was surprised and ready to get home and see if I could get the stains out. To my good fortune everything came out beautifully :)

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  2. Great score on those beautiful freebies. So, how did you remove the rusty stains? Always looking for new info on stain removal. Thanks!

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    1. Hi, I put Clorox2 on the strains and rubbed them in and let stand for about 15 minutes before washing. It worked great:)

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  3. Love all the vintage linens and that quilt is just gorgeous! What did you use to get the rust out? Do you have any tricks for getting the yellow stains out that old linens have? I have had some success getting them out but they seem to come back over time. Hope you have a lovely week my friend!

    Hugs, Vicky

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    1. Hi Vicky, I put Clorox2 on the strains and rubbed it into them and let stand for about 15 minutes before washing. It worked great:) I love these finds and I'm using them in the bedroom. I like having a bedroom that reminds me of my childhood . . . when times were simpler and sleep came easy every night. Children don't realize and appreciate the freedom of being a child . . .until we are all grown up with tons of responsibilities :)

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  4. Hi Connie! Wow! You sure found some wonderful treasures at wonderful bargains!! How did you get the rust out. I bet if the people giving them away would have known how they would not have parted with them. I love that sort of things! You know how much work into that quilt and what a bargain you got. Great day you had! Nancy

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    1. Hi Nancy, the impression that I got from the seller was that they really didn't like this old fashioned stuff. Good riddens! Well, their good ridden, was my good fortune:) I put Clorox2 on the strains and rubbed it into them and let stand for about 15 minutes before washing. It worked great:)

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  5. Treasures indeed, I am so impressed with all your finds. The quilt is a real delight and worth every penny a real bargain.

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    1. This was a jubilee kind of thifting day . . . the kind that do not come along very often:)

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  6. Ohhh.. myyyy... goodnesss~! You sure did score! I can't believe those were FREE! I'm glad you could give them $20 for all of it.. what treasures! I might go back to that antique store and I'll look through that whole closet of linens. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Hi Teresa, that closet full of vintage linens was very impressive. I'm sure you will find something marvelous. I will probably not have another great thrifting day like this one for a very long time . . . I feel blessed to have found these and that all the stains came out.

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  7. Oh, Connie! Everything is so beautiful. And, even if there were a few stains it would be okay.

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    1. Hi Carol, that's the way I felt, too, but I was very fortunate that with the help of Clorox2 they all came out and without fading any of the embroidery :)

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    1. I know! It was one of my very best thrifting days ever :)

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  9. You scored some beautiful pieces, Connie! I can't believe someone would let that beautiful quilt go for little...you were in the right place at the right time. Enjoy.

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    1. That is certainly right :) Why, I have paid more than that for the batting to put into a quilt. The fact that it was hand-quilted instead of machine quilted was a real treat, too :)

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  10. Beautiful things, lucky you! LOVE the pink spread. That's why I thrift....ya never know what yer gonna find :-)

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    1. I know, thrifting is like going on a treasure hunt . . . most of the time you don't find a thing worth bringing home, but then , , ,there are days when you dig up a treasure :)

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  11. WOW - you certainly know how to find some bargains! What lovely items you found.xx

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    1. Hi Liz, this was not my normal thrifting day . . . most of the time I come back with nothing :) So, I don't really know where to go, it's just hit and miss . . . mostly miss, but this was a good day :)

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  12. Oh, Connie, they're all LOVELY! You have made everything so pristine and fresh, I can almost smell lavender : ) And free is a very good price!
    The quilt, my goodness, what a find. Well done!

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    1. Hi Alex, you may have smelled lavender because my sweet sister-in-law just brought be a bouquet and I put it in that bedroom, LOL. I love old fashioned embroidered pillow cases and dresser scarves . . . oh, and crisp white sheets dried in the sun . . . what's nicer than that.

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    2. Oh, definitely, yes : )

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    1. It was a very good day for thrifting :)

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  14. Wow - didn't you do well!! Such beautiful items - I'm green with envy! xxx

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    1. Hi Linda, you don't even want to know how many times I go thrifting and find absolutely nothing, LOL.

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  15. You certainly can't beat free, especially for such beautiful things! And a pretty quilt for only $20 is practically free, as far as quilts go. I know how expensive some of them can be!

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    1. Hi Melanie, I was just in the right place at the right time. Ten minutes later and I'm sure someone else would have had my great finds. The quilt was even hand-quilted . . . it was a very fortunate day for this thrifter :)

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  16. Beautiful finds Connie and I love that quilt. And finding things for "FREE" can't get any better then that!!!
    Louise

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    1. Hi Louise, as far and thrifting goes . . . this was a jubilee day :) Most of the time I can't find a thing that I want to bring home. It's like 1 in every 20 times out hunting, turns into a great find, LOL

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  17. WOW, what a lucky find to get all those things for free. They look brand new. I don't know what they looked like with their rusty stains but you did a great job of cleaning them. You must be a laundry genius :) That quilt is really nice too. I haven't been thrifting in quite a while.

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    1. Hi Ann, it was a great day for thrifting!
      When we moved in and I cleaned up the old bathtub a friend told me to try Clorox2. I did and it didn't help at all in the tub, but on these pillowcases it worked like a gem, it took all the rusting old stains out and without fading any of the embroidery :)

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  18. Wow! a hand quilted quilt for $20 is an amazing find. And how wonderful to be able to get the stains out of your linen pieces. My mom still has some lovely linens, hand embroidered and given to her by old friends that she treasures and uses.

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    1. Good Morning! I was fortunate that all the stains came out. I really doubted that they would, at least this good for sure. I used Clorox2, they came out and without fading any of the embroidery. I love them on the bed and plan on using them, not hiding them away on a shelf. Nothing beats crisp white linens on the bed . . . especially when you dry them in the sun:)

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  19. So pretty.
    I love thrifting and finding treasures!

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    1. Me too! This was one of my better days of thrifting :)

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  20. Connie, what beautiful things you have found! I just love old embroidered dresser scarfs. Would you tell your secret for getting out stains? I paid 2.00 for a box of embr oidered scarves and pillowcases that had lots of stains. I love visiting your blog, but I am behind with everything! We've had company since Friday.

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    1. Hi, and thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your company . . . your blogging sisters all have lives and understand. Enjoying life, family and friends is much more important than sitting in front of the computer. This is what I did to get my stains out. I put Clorox2 on the strains and rubbed it into them and let stand for about 15 minutes before washing. It worked great:) One of the stains I rubbed so hard that I made a hole . . . but that's okay . . . they're vintage and you don't expect them to be perfect. I love having vintage pillowcases on my bed along with sun dried sheets.

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  21. Hi Connie!
    What wonderful finds! What is your secret to getting out the stains? I haven't been to my local thrift store in months and I'm really feeling a withdrawal. Tee hee. The quilt is absolutely beautiful and I can see why you paid only $20 for it. What a great find.

    Your pink room is coming along nicely; as I'm sure the rest of your home and especially your craft barn.

    I am finally starting to feel like a real person and I'm going to physical therapy twice a week. I still take pain meds when I go to PT but other than that I'm taking tylenol.

    Hugs
    Kay

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    1. Hi Kay, I am so please to hear that you are feeling better and that you're doing your physical therapy. You will soon be better than ever and the next thing I'll hear is that you're taking tango lessons :) As for the stains in my vintage pillowcases I used Chorlox2, I rubbed it into them and let them stand for about 15 minutes before washing. It worked great:)

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  22. blasts from the past for me!! my mom did that type of needlework, doilies, pillowcases and shirts. as i look at these pieces of art, they are artwork, i think about who may have stitched them, who they were made for?? i am also so happy that someone appreciated them enough to NOT throw them out.

    the quilt also brought back memories, from my days of quilting, when my babies were babies!!! it's a beauty!!!!

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    1. Hi Debbie, it was a very good thrifting day and I am excited with my finds. My mother and grandmother used to do this, too. So, it brings back memories for me as well :) I see that you are following my blog and I want to say welcome and thank you! I truly appreciate it and I'm looking forward to becoming great blogging friends :)

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  23. Hi Connie, thanks for stopping by my blog. I don't do the 'following' thing, but will be checking your blog often, as I see that you, like me, are into thrifting and handcrafting:) Those are quite the finds you got, love the embroidery. Often it is quite easy to clean and restore things to their former beauty, and then you have a real treasure. One of my best buys was a king size down duvet that had been relegated to the 'moving blankets' bin, because it was all brown and stained. It was 50 cents. I washed it with vinegar and finished drying it on the clothes line. It came out nice and white and we used it on the bed all winter.

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    1. Hi Karen, thanks so much for stopping by to visit. I agree thrifting is so much fun and you can find so many wonderful treasure, if you keep your eyes open. It is amazing what some people regard as junk :)

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  24. Those are wonderful hand-embroidered pieces, Connie. Great finds!

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    1. Hi Lorrie, it was a great day for thrifting! That's the way it goes . . . you can stop at yards sales and thrift store over and over and never find a thing, and then you hit a great sale . . . one girl's junk is another girl's treasures :)

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  25. What great finds!! So glad you got the stains out, but they would still be pretty if the stains hadn't came out.
    ~Cindy

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    1. Hi Cindy, thanks for stopping by . . . I had some Clorox2 in the cupboard that I bought to try in my old bath tub when we bought this house. It didn't do much for the tub, but it sure is great on stains.

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  26. Wow that is wonderful that you were able to get them all free, such pretty handiwork on them. That quilt was a terrific deal too and looks great on your bed!

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    1. Hi Connie, It was a pretty great thrifting day for me . . . The pillowcases were free because they were terribly stained . . . stains that came out with Clorox2.
      I feel like I'm doing a TV commercial, LOL

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  27. "Free"....my most favorite word !!

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  28. Love it all, Connie! You did an outstanding job on getting out the stains. The linens are gloriously white. What a beautiful quilt. . .can't believe the price. xo ~ Nancy

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    1. I know, I couldn't believe it either :)

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