long time with no thrifting

I haven’t been thrifting in a very long time, I guess I just got tired of buying interesting things that I don’t really need. When I spot something I just “have to have,” I ask myself, “The next time I move, is that going to go with me?” and if I have to admit it’s something not worth the effort, time, expense, to move–then I’m not going to buy it now. It’s only a semi-practical exercise in self-restraint, but at least it makes me think about my purchases.

So I was looking for old sheets to use as curtain lining, but I couldn’t bring myself to pay $5 for a used sheet when a new one is $7 on sale. Really, when I started thrifting only 5 years ago, a sheet was $2. I don’t understand why some places want to ask so much for donated items–they pay nothing for their inventory. I guess that’s the other reason I stopped thrifting, the prices started becoming unreasonable.

My expedition to Goodwill was not entirely a lost cause, they had a rack full of clothing patterns mostly from the 1980s and 90s. Someone else must have picked out the earlier patterns, if there were any. I just don’t think the blousy, big shouldered looks of the 1980s are going to make a comeback. Ever. So even though I did look at every pattern there, I came away with 2 maybes, which just happened to be bundled in the same bag for 99-cents.

This kitchen combo is dated 1977. I have to think that the pattern companies made much better profit back then, because you can still buy a similar pattern to this for this price–or less if you catch a fabric store on 99-cent pattern day (limit 10 per customer). The cozies are as follows: 2-slice toaster cover, 4-slice toaster cover, blender cover. I’ll never make those, but it’s nice to have a pattern. Are blenders even made so tall anymore?

Which brings me to my other topic, this lovely blouse on Debbie Reynolds. At first I thought she was wearing a printed blouse, but on closer look, that’s embroidery. I have seen this stitch called chicken-scratch on aprons, so maybe it’s called the same on clothing. Even the hem on her sleeve is rolled and whip stitched by hand. Imagine how much time it would take to make this blouse.

Actually, I don’t think it would take that long.

So many many projects and so few hours.

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