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Vintage Sheet Jackpot

June 10, 2010

Conversation between my sister and my hubby last Sunday.  They were talking about me.

Sister: She always finds the best stuff at the thrift store!

Hubby:  Well, when you go everyday…..

Me: I don’t go everyday.  It’s at least every OTHER day.

Yesterday I came home with these.  All from the same store, all in good condition and the best vintage floral sheet jackpot of all time.  Ok, maybe not.  But the best I’ve ever seen.

The strawberry set on top reminds me of the Sunday dishes we used growing up.  I think I’ll make this into a big picnic blanket.  And the little pink florals and polka dots were too cute to just leave there.  What if someone bought it for a drop cloth, oh the horrors.  I had to save them and keep them from being covered with paint. (I think I paid $12 for all four.)

This one is probably the cutest floral I’ve seen in a long time.  And it is in really good shape and hardly faded at all.  (And I got so excited to take pictures of them while Creamie was napping and the sun was shining that I didn’t bother to iron out the wrinkles.)

But this last one I am the most excited about.  It’s a king size flat sheet and it is all sorts of fantastic.  It’s got a great border print along the top edge and it’s the perfect creamy white.  I am pretty sure that this is going to turn into a summer dress for me, with that border along the bottom edge.  Of course, this might be done until next summer.  My sewing projects are already stacked up.  But if I make this sometime next January it will give me something pretty to look forward to!  I have another little stack of treasures that still need to be cleaned up and/or painted before they make their internet debut.

So, those are my favorites from yesterday’s adventures.  What do you ALWAYS look for when you are at thrift stores/yard sales/ garage sales?  For me it’s chairs, sheets and fabric, luggage and books.  And Pyrex.  But that goes without saying.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. Paige permalink
    June 10, 2010 5:34 am

    I always look for pitchers/small creamers & books. I love books. I like vintage plates as well although I wonder what Im going to do with all of my treasures.
    I like going to the thrift store. I’ll donate in the back, then drive around to the front to go in!!
    Oh, and my mom has a set of one of those sheets. She has had them for years, I recognized them right away and I haven’t lived there in 23 years! 🙂
    I look forward to your posts!
    Have a great day!!

  2. June 10, 2010 7:50 am

    Oh my – that is a sweet haul! Each one is a beauty – but you’re right – that last one steals the show.

    Also, I love the pictures from the Cinderella book on your flickr. I had that book when I was little. Brings back so many memories!

  3. Liz Merrell permalink
    June 10, 2010 9:19 am

    Yes, those strawberry sheets remind me of your mom’s entire kitchen! I always thought it was so very cool to decorate with a theme and wondered why we couldn’t have a strawberry kitchen, too!

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  5. June 10, 2010 1:36 pm

    What is your obsession with VINTAGE stuff about?!

    My question mark prompted with an exclamation mark isn’t a mark of discust but of serious curiousity.

    You should go to my grandma’s house. You’ll find some awesome vintage stuff there. I’m going there in a week. Maybe I’ll try to snatch you something……..

  6. lacey permalink
    June 10, 2010 3:45 pm


  7. June 10, 2010 5:38 pm

    You really do find the best things at thrift stores! I’d love a ‘tutorial’ on how to do it! I’m not a thrift shopper, nor a vintage collector. I love to find a bargain, but I also like my bargains to come in the form of new goods. I don’t have the imagination for repurposing, but a pretty summer dress made from that sheet sounds awesome! I really can’t wait to see it!

  8. June 11, 2010 8:30 am

    Holy crap, my Grandma had a complete Queen set of that last sheet!

  9. July 16, 2010 9:17 pm

    LOVE the polka dot, so jealous! The second to last picture is fab! I have never seen that print and now am wishing it lived in my house!

    • July 16, 2010 11:20 pm

      I loved it too. Lucky for me that someone with good taste in sheets dropped them all off at the charity thrift shop for me to pick up! I think that the polka dot might turn into a “Bo Peep” skirt for a Toy Story Halloween….. :o)


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