Some New Thrifting Fun
I think I have finally decided what to do with all those vintage sheets I’ve been collecting for the past little/ longish while. You know, besides stack them up and put them in color order (not in this picture obviously) and look at them and hoard them and stuff. I’ve always planned on making myself a vintage quilt, which is kind of why I started collecting them in the first place, but then what do I do with the remaining 98% of this stack?
I will never have enough beds in my house to use them all as they were originally intended. And I am not about to make Scott sleep in a floral bed. The man puts up with enough of my crazy vintage hoarding/mess making/sewing projects all over the house as it is. He can sleep in a gender neutral bed. But I think I’ve decided to cut them into quilt kits and sell them that way. I might do fat quarters too, but I haven’t decided yet. Quilt kits seems like it would be a lot more fun for me. At any rate, I’ve had some great thrifting luck recently and have added quite a stack to my already very large stash. And look, there are blue and green one’s in there! Those have been my hardest ones to find, except for the lone lavendar gingham on the bottom of the stack in the pic above.
This is my newest recently purchased stack, washed and folded. When I buy sheets I always wash them on the Sanitize setting of my big front loading washer, which is a three hour soak and tumble in boiling hot water and good soap. I figure after that all vestiges of their previous lives have been effectively stamped out and they are officially mine. And clean. Clean is important. Their exact vintage is not as important to me. I buy the sheets that I like that are in good shape. Unless they are pink, then I’m buying them even if they are thread bare. Ahem, I should set higher standards for pink things. (Who am I kidding, that’s not going to happen.) The blue and green florals on the right side (3rd and 4th from the bottom) I am quite sure wouldn’t qualify as vintage, I think they are maybe 5 years old. But they are pretty, and I liked them and that’s all I really care about. I used one of the green floral pillowcases to make this shirt for Creamie last week.
So, lets get technical for a minute. There is no real time constraints for the term “vintage”. I remember reading in a fashion magazine in 2007 that the model in question was wearing “vintage chanel, circa 2004.” And I remembered it because I thought it was ridiculous. Vintage just means not new. And it has been slapped on items dating back for like 70 years. And somewhere in the 70 to 80 year old range they start meshing into antiques…. or something. But, on etsy, the largest purveyor of fine and not so fine vintage goods, for something to qualify as “vintage” the item in question needs to be 20 years old. That’s what they say, so it must be true. It’s on the internet. So, if the item was manufactured/made/worn/used/etc. before 1991 it now qualifies as a vintage item and can be sold on etsy with that label. Technically. So how do you know how old something is? You guess. That being said, I am 100% sure that this pink Pottery Barn bamboo lattice sheet is NOT vintage. And I am also 100% sure that this yellow striped sheet is. I literally squealed when I spotted it on the shelf. It was a brand new in the package sheet. And it had a date on the label, 1987.
I also look at any labels sewn on the actual sheet to see if I can figure out their era. Depending on what kind of fabric the label is made out of I can sometimes guess at it’s age. I also will look to see if a serger was used and what kind of stitch it made. Or how they sewed in the elastic on fitted sheets. But those labels that say Target on them? It’s a dead giveaway it’s not vintage, but sometimes cute enough to buy anyway. Totally unrelated: I don’t know why I love these two blues ones so much. They are a near perfectly complimentary match in color and pattern. The blue tulip on the top I really want to make myself a dress out of. I just love it.
Anyway, the point of this post is that I really need to figure out something to do with this stack. It completely fills up the space underneath my desk. I pulled them all out today so I could add my newest finds to the collection. And I decided that I might have enough to start doing something about the massive amount of washed and folded cotton bedding I have collected. You know, soon. Soonish. A little later.