Monday, January 28, 2013

Sew Thrifty


I haven't done much thrift store shopping lately. The house is full up with dishes and stuff and any spare funds the last couple months went toward Christmas shopping.

Last week, my willpower faltered though when I got an email from the Salvation Army saying they were having a one dollar kids clothing sale this past Friday. The fact is, my kids don't need any clothing, but $1 for jeans? Why not?

Of course, I knew I wouldn't pass by the housewares aisle without having a peek. I loaded up on kids' jeans first. I even got each of the kids a coat for $1. Then I headed over to peruse the dishes.




The bin full of baskets caught my eye. I am addicted to baskets and I really don't need any...except this one. Yes, I needed a sewing basket. Not that I sew often...unless you consider twice a year often.

As some of you may know, I did make a doll dress for my daughter this past December out of some vintage fabric I found in my parents' basement. That was my first-ever sewing project.

When I find holes in my clothes, I put the offending piece of clothing aside until one piece becomes several...and then I donate them to the Salvation Army. 

But things are going to change. I figure if I could actually find a needle and some thread together in one memorable spot I might actually fix my clothes instead of tossing them. Maybe.

Anyway, for $1.99 this little honey came home with me. Now she holds needles, thread, measuring tape, thimbles and some patches that I bought about five years ago when my son was going through that phase where they come home from school with holes in the knees of their jeans. Somehow I don't think he's going to want patches on his pants now at 10 years old, but what the heck, I have room for them in my handy basket.



29 comments:

  1. Love it! Yay for thrifting again :) One of my new years resolutions for the past 15 years has been 'learn to sew'...

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    1. You are so funny. 15 years. I have some resolutions that old too! :)

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  2. I can remember having a sewing basket like this when I was a little girl. How beautiful.

    Anne xx

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  3. I would have brought her home, too - lovely set!!! Nice find!

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    1. Thanks Wendy. I think I will enjoy it.

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  4. Sweet find! And I love the color--

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    1. Thanks Tabetha. I like the colour too. :)

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  5. Love it! Great deal indeed.

    http://www.thebexdoctorproject.com/

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  6. Nice find! I saw a sewing basket the last time I was out thrifting, but the hinges were broken so I left it behind. But yours looks to be in perfect shape. Good one.

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    1. It IS in very good shape indeed. I wouldn't go for broken hinges either.

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  7. This looks just like my Mom's sewing basket, wish I could just pop over there and "shop"

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    1. How nice that it looks like your mom's basket Jill. :)

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  8. I love sewing basket, and this one is so cute with the aqua accent. I love that you are resolving to mend your clothes - I am trying to do the same, and you're right, it really helps to have things organized in one spot

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    1. Thanks! Here's hoping it works to motivate me!

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  9. I loooove this! Especially the aqua accents and lining. I've seen these selling in vintage shops for MUCH more, so you found a great bargain!

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    1. That's exciting Heather! Thanks for letting me know. :)

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  10. I picked up one almost identical a couple of months ago :) Very handy as I can cart my sewing 'essentials' all around the house with me! Mine is a rather icky shade of green which I thought I might spray paint (some day). It was also a thrift store find. Enjoy the sewing! Wendy

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    1. Hi Wendy, Funny we picked up the same thing! Good luck with the painting. Jo

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  11. Wow! What a steal. That is an adorable basket!

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  12. I consider it often as it's more often than me! I saw a girl in Goodwill carrying around a sewing basket almost the same as this today & when I saw it in the linkup, I thought it was her! I'm sure she paid much, much more for it than you did. Good deal!

    & one day when they had $1 clothes sale, peeps were buying everything buy the cart full & the housewares section was bliss! I bought one thing from housewares & got to jump the line infront of 3 people who had packed to the brim buggies. It was bliss.

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    1. That's funny that you saw someone carrying a similar basket.

      So true, there was nobody looking at the housewares. I didn't get to jump the line though. ;) But I was one of the ones with a packed to the brim buggy.

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  13. I always say I'm going to learn to sew but I never do. Like you - I bought a sewing basket/box that had needles & thread and goodies in it but alas..it just sits in my crafting corner unused. :p

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  14. Your sewing basket is a great find! I have a couple of them I've picked up from Salvation Army...I'm a huge sewer so I'm always on the hunt for vintage fabrics and notions!

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  16. I love the little sewing basket. I have found a couple of vintage ones at thrift stores and flea markets that I have bought. And I use each of them. Thank you for sharing at TTF.

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  17. I have this exact same sewing basket! I inherited it from my great-great Aunt Esther when I was 18. It was filled with all sorts of curiousities!

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