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Pretty old thread

August 5, 2011

Last night I read an email from an old friend.  I met her when I was 6 or 7.  She was friends with my oldest brother.  But she somehow wasn’t totally annoyed with this crazy blonde haired little girl.  We reconnected on facebook a while ago and it is no secret that I am addicted to old things, sewing things and pink typewriters.  And last night she sent me the best email in the world.

summer colors

She asked me if I wanted these.  She had two boxes of old wooden spools from her grandma, and a sewing book from 1949.  I kind of freaked out and used way too many capital letters and exclamation points in my response.  And this morning she dropped them off.

all the threads

Ever since I started thrifting a few years ago I’ve been dreaming of finding a bag or a box of a drawerful of beautiful old thread.  I’ve looked at them on etsy and ebay and at every antique store I’ve ever been in. But never had a good enough reason to buy them I guess.

bright colors

I’m too much a thrill seeker, finding it “in the wild” at a thrift store is so exciting.  Buying it on etsy is not nearly as exciting, even if the end product is the same.  The thrill of falling instantly in love with something that someone else thought was trash is awesome.  And then thinking how lucky you are that you found it before that other guy did is also thrilling.

pink thread

[ Yeah, the pink ones are TOTALLY my favorites.  I can’t make myself put them back in the box.]

Paying someone else to find it for you and then ship it to you is not nearly as exciting.  Of course, now that I have two boxes of thread to play with, I will probably buy some more.  I’ll add it to my obsessive collecting of things in every single color.

fall colors

And then this morning Chrys made all my dreams come true.  Which sounds totally cheesy, I know.  But I spent a good 30 minutes stacking up different spools of thread and taking pictures of my new favorite color combos.


It has been a happy happy afternoon spent with these old beauties.  And I’m sure that this is not the end of the thread photoshoots.  Does that sound lame? Kind of?  I don’t care.  They are pretty.  And old.  And I can’t help myself.

invisible thread

This spool is my favorite.  I don’t know exactly when they stopped making wooden spools, but it was a long time ago, and I had no idea that invisible thread was on the market that long ago.  How cool is that?  Answer: very cool.

all the threads mosaic

Thanks to my brother Jared for picking some awesome friends more than 20 years ago. And a huge thank you Chrys for making today the best of the whole week. I hope you all have a good weekend.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. August 5, 2011 3:58 pm

    Man, you have the best luck, and the awesome-est friends. 🙂 So pretty. I love how shiny all the thread is, too. Really, just so pretty.

  2. August 5, 2011 4:01 pm

    Chrys, you are ridiculously cool. Please be my friend. 🙂

  3. August 5, 2011 4:03 pm

    Wow! I got all teary reading this. I think it was a great trade and so glad you love them. Those pictures make those old wooden spools look so beautiful and happy. And yes, I agree, thank goodness for awesome friends 20 years ago. 🙂

  4. RoseBell permalink
    August 5, 2011 4:52 pm

    So sweeeeeeeeet!! 😀 ❤
    These are some special joys indeed!! 🙂
    And very nice of you Chrys!! 🙂

  5. August 5, 2011 5:41 pm

    LOVELY! What lustre!

  6. August 5, 2011 5:56 pm

    There is nothing better than super surprises like these!! I love it when this kind of thing happens to me… and I love to hear it happen to others that appreciate it as well! Congrats! And what a sweet friend!

  7. Alicia permalink
    August 5, 2011 6:07 pm

    How COOL! I only have a few wooden spools that an older customer of ours gave me. They’re a treasure, arent they?

  8. August 5, 2011 7:33 pm

    Gorgeous! I love them against that blue paint!

  9. August 5, 2011 8:58 pm

    What a haul!! Count me on the super jealous side. I dream about a score like this . . .

  10. Shidah permalink
    August 6, 2011 6:54 am

    Those thread and wooden spools are awesome!! Good for you and Chrys….love the colours of the threads…drool….

  11. August 6, 2011 6:59 am

    I would have taken just as many picturers if they were mine. Think about how lucky you are who can find so much pleasure in old spools of thread, not all people have this abaility for happiness you know. Enjoy your rainbow!!

  12. kirsten elkins permalink
    August 6, 2011 3:48 pm

    i am dying over your wooden spool collection. that is a true friend indeed. LOVE

  13. August 6, 2011 11:38 pm

    Now, that’s a whole lotta fun and some great colour!! What a nice friend to think of you and your collecting of old things obsession. One of my stitching friends recently bought an old sewing box in a thrift shop. Guess what? When she took everything out and sorted through the buttons, she found a TROY OUNCE GOLD COIN. For reals. And a 100 Yen note from 1940-something. Holy dinah. So, don’t abandon your thrift store thread hunt yet!

  14. August 7, 2011 7:45 pm

    Awesome!!! Now I want to come over and look at it with you.

  15. August 8, 2011 6:03 am

    well the content material!

  16. August 8, 2011 8:01 pm

    so jealous! i have some too – i need to figure out some great way to display them all . . .

  17. August 23, 2011 11:57 pm

    they are all so gorgeous! lucky girl to have such a thoughtful friend. I know how fun to find these little treasures at the thrift. Now you can look for something else!

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