I started thrifting when my oldest sons were babies. The oldest is going to be 28 on St. Patrick's Day and the next one will be 25 in April. So it has been a few years. We lived in Sunnyvale, CA in a tiny apartment and this was a way to pass the time when we had one car ( so I could walk with a stroller), no money and I was usually on my own since we were military living in areas with no family. I loved the hunt and finding treasures. It has been a part of my life even since.
We still need to be mindful of money ( retirement is around the corner) and I do still like to pass time in especially small thrift shops where real treasures can still be found for not insane prices. This week I visited two very small local shops and was completely overwhelmed at my good fortune!
Patterns! Vintage...beautiful...FABULOUS...PATTERNS! I never find vintage patterns that are like these! I visited the shop yesterday as they were closing and noticed them. There were hundreds of patterns in boxes. I did not have time to go through them but the lady said, "We open at 10am tomorrow." I was there at 0959 ;O) I brought my own bag just in case it was needed ( it was). I stood on my tip toes looking through the top bins and sat on the floor looking through the rest. After a solid hour of sorting through all of the bins I ended up with 60 patterns! They are not all my perfect size but I think I can learn how to adjust for .25 a piece!
There were patterns from the 50's 60's and 70's. They had a ton from the 80's but I am not a shoulder pad girl :o)
My favorites are the ones found from ( I am assuming ) independent pattern companies. These were mailed to individuals and still in the envelopes. The postmarks are pretty cool! I will be looking up the information about these pattern companies later for sure.
This is the insert from the one on the left. Priceless!
Do you go thrifting for necessity or fun ( or both like me)? I will be sharing more of my thrift shop finds next Saturday.