Monday, April 18, 2011

Fabric Rummage Sale

Saturday was a local guild’s annual rummage sale. I have been looking forward to this day all month! I arrived a few minutes before the doors opened. The line wasn’t too bad, only about 15 ladies in front of me.


The line grew quickly behind me though! As soon as the doors were opened, the crowd swarmed the tables. There were about 12 tables piled high with fabric, notions, books, or thread.


There were a lot of different kinds of fabrics, not just quilting cottons (wouldn’t that have been wonderful?!), so you had to be careful on what you grabbed. This is what I was looking for: cotton fabric, yardage, price. If it was less than $1.00 and made of cotton, I threw it in my bag.


There were probably about 60 other women there too. So I wasn’t exactly mulling over my purchases, more like shoving as much cute fabric as I could into my bag. I first walked in and found a good table. I picked up a bunch of cowboy-themed fabric.


Then I wandered around the other tables and didn’t find as much good stuff. So I went back to the first table, kicking myself for not grabbing as much as I could the first time.


There were a few large ziplock bags holding a handful of fabric that I scooped up.


I stumbled across an American Jane panel by Sandy Klop.


Then I found this cute piece of fabric in a bundle. I kept coming back to it. I finally decided that I loved the retro mommies and would buy it just for that piece of fabric. This was my biggest disappointment. Seriously, the piece of fabric is missing half the top and half the bottom. Their heads are chopped off! It’s so cute too. Does anyone know who this is from? I would love to grab a yard or two.


Final damage: $60. 2 bags of fabric, two stacks of magazines and books, a thread holder, a huge bag of blue Gutterman thread. One hour. When I came home, I said “Wait, where’s that other thread I got?” Which taught me: toss it in your bag. You can think about it later. Also, bring your husband to hold and carry stuff for you. I would have grabbed a large package of batting but didn’t have any place to stuff it and maneuver around all the other ladies. I had to shop in two trips, which took up precious time. The whole sale was ravaged in about an hour.


I’ll be back next year!

3 comments:

  1. How FUN!! I wanna go!! You came away with some wonderful fun stuff - I'm so envious!! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I have never heard of this kind of sale--how great for you--love those fabrics you got--next time you could take a friend with you--like meeee!!!
    Hugs, Di and that miss gracie

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  3. You got quite a haul for your $60!

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