Vintage finds, and what I do to avoid housework

Yesterday I told you I was planning to visit some of my local flea market/junk stores in search of some good vintage finds…or at least some inspiration.

After a quick trip to the coffee shop (that surprises no one, I know), I popped next door to see my pal, Gary, and wander the aisles of Oldies & Oddities, where he works. While I didn’t buy anything in Oldies, Gary gave me a bag of vintage fabric. (I’ve told you what good friends I have.) He found it in two barrels in his mom’s garage (she is 101). The bag was great fun to dig through. It has pieces from a time span of at least thirty years, like these:
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They are like a mini timeline of 20th-century fabrics, or at least mid-century. There were a couple of stacks of pieces already cut into 2″ squares, diamonds, and some teeny little Dresden plate sections.

 

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And then there was this terrific pink and black plaid. Isn’t it fabulous? There are at least three yards of it. Speaking of “mid-century,” this just screams 1956. Or thereabouts. I love the way it seems to vibrate.

 

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I stopped in another mall on my way home and was seriously disappointed. The last time I was there, I noticed that it had changed a lot. There was more junk, less good stuff. Today did not help that impression. There was even more junk, and almost everything was seriously overpriced. It was disappointing enough that I will probably not keep it in my regular route.

I did manage to find the three pieces below, for well under  $5, so I cant count the whole trip a loss. But other booths had nearly-idenrocal pieces for $10 each. Yikes!

I am rather fond of milk glass, and even sometimes white Fenton, to organize my office.

VintageThe biggest piece will do nicely to corral all the pens and pencils that run amok on my desktop. The dish will hold paperclips and all those little bits that jump off and end up in the floor. But first all three pieces need a good washing.

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You might know that I like to repurpose things, and have another white dish that I use in my sewing room. You can read more about it here. I was kind of hoping to find something to pop my orchids into since I am planning to move them into my office, but as you can see, the bigger dish was still too small. The hunt continues. Don’t mind all the junk on my countertop. I’m just a slob.

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I think I may go out looking a bit more today. Chris’s quilt is just not gelling, and, in thinking about all the things I want to do in the house, I realize that it needs a serious cleaning first. Blech. So, yes, I am running away. But only for a little while, and it’s for a good cause. I just know there are tons more vintage pieces out there patiently waiting for me to find them and give them a home. Mustn’t disappoint the poor little things.

Where do you run to avoid housework? Or do you stick it out and just do it?

 

p.s. If you, like me, are looking for a way to avoid housework some new blogs to read, take time to read this and pop over to check out some of the other bloggers who are linking up to the #31dayblogchallenge.