I had a different post planned for today, until I realized that I left my tripod at my parent’s house! This is what happens when you’re traveling with a 4 1/2 month old puppy: you get distracted and forget things (I also forgot my computer’s charger cable…). hehe! So until I get the tripod back (or figure out some way to prop up my camera that doesn’t give me a panic attack because it’s not stable), outfit posts may be a bit scarce. Unless, of course, I can sweet talk SH into helping me. I do have a little decorating DIY post planned for Friday, so if you’re tired of these sorts of posts, there is a light at the end of the tunnel…
This is one of those thrifting stories that legends are made of. The sort of finds that I always heard of others making, but never thought I’d run across it myself. I live in a highly populated area with people who generally know the value of vintage things. (Cue sad trombone.) Thrift stores typically price anything “old” accordingly. But somehow, by Providence or fate, I had one of those once in a lifetime thrift store finds recently! Here’s my tale…
Bolstered by a few little vintage treasures I found at an estate sale recently (warning: it’s a video), I decided one Saturday morning to stop at a new-to-me thrift shop while I was out grocery shopping. (It helps to have an incentive to brave the grocery store Saturday morning! lol.) I only had a few moments to do a quick run through the shop and was mainly looking for a frame for my “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster. But somehow I was magnetically drawn to a little corner in the back that had a pile of crafting and sewing supplies mashed together. At first I nearly turned away, until I realized that the rather large box tottering on the top of the pile marked “Patterns: $0.05 each or $2 for all” was stuffed with vintage patterns. Yes, I mean stuffed. Mostly full of mid 50s through late 60s patterns (with one random 40s bedjacket pattern and some rather fugly 70s designs thrown in for good measure), it was full of iconic silhouettes and designs from that era. I held my breath as I grabbed the box and walked as calmly as I could to the register to hand over two rumply dollar bills to the cashier. (Who thankfully was too busy on her cell phone crabbing about her job at the thrift store to notice the treasures I had in the box!)
I kid you not: I got back to my car, safely stashed the box in my back seat and did a little dance and whoop in the parking lot! lol. I dare say any passersby thought I was a bit of a nut clutching a tattered carboard box and grinning from ear to ear. But, dear friends, you surely understand my elation, don’t you?
When I got home I finally took a closer look at what I had: 75-90 patterns (I never did a definitive count–I was too excited!). Smaller in size than I normally wear, but a lot of beautiful styles (and grading patterns up isn’t that hard–just time consuming). So a bunch went towards my personal stash, I passed a couple on to some sewing buddies and saved a few to share with you! Next week I’ll be hosting a little vintage pattern giveaway here on the blog, so stay tuned for that!
I still can’t believe this find. I doubt I’ll ever have another quite like it, since finding vintage pieces is getting harder and harder as more people realize the value of certain things. But like the estate sale I lucked out on 18 months ago, this one will go down as one of my best thrift finds ever (and certainly the highlight of my 2012 thrifting!).
I just had to share that with you! As one of my friends said: there is still hope for good finds! I think it’s just a combination of being at the right place, at the right time and consistency in hunting. So don’t give up hope if you feel like you never find affordable vintage; it’s out there–just hiding a bit! Of course, you can also enter the giveaway next week too for a bit of free vintage!
Thank you for listening to my little tale of mythical finds! (More pictures beneath the cut below…)
Have you had any great thrifting or vintage finds lately??? Let’s spread the good luck tales!