Saturday, April 9, 2011

Always worth waiting for

Today was a day I look forward to all year long.  It was the annual Unused Fabric and Crafts Sale with all the proceeds going to charity.  I stumbled upon this sale within months of moving to this city and this marks my third time attending.  Knowing what to expect and having a game plan in mind,  this year I braved being amongst the crowd that gathered waiting for the doors to the sale to open.  Ready to see some sewing treasures? (I'll just share one of the shopping bags I filled and show more tomorrow).

Buttons were hard hit by the early morning crowd, I didn't get anywhere near them until things thinned out and by that time the box that had been stuffed to overflowing was down to about 6 baggies of buttons. I took two. ;o)

 Here are a few of my favourites - take a look at the prices on these.  Definitely vintage!
 Everything was pre-bundled this year, so it made pricing quicker and easier for the volunteers.  So I was grabbing up bags of sewing notions like buckles, self-cover buttons and vintage ric rac (I know Amy will tease me about buying more ric rac because there's no way I used up all that I bought last year... and here I am bringing home more!  How can I explain my penchant for ric rac.... ;o)
Next up,  I couldn't resist a big bag of elastic or one filled with ribbons and trims.
Finally, here's where I went a bit crazy in the notion section.  Want to guess how many zippers are in the basket?  As I mentioned, everything was pre-bundled this year - including zippers.  The past couple of years you could sort through them individually, which I really liked.  This year the zippers were sealed into baggies with 10 zips to a bag and the colours were mixed.   Knowing that zippers are one notion I use quite a lot of, I tried to find baggies that had some basic coloured zips.  The price is so fantastic for zips that it wasn't until I got home that I counted up all the baggies of zippers I had stuffed into my shopping bag.  Would you believe that I grabbed 13!?  Yeah, so that means I just added 130 assorted zippers to my stash in one go, for the grand sum of $13.  Now you know one of the reasons I look forward to this sale each year.  Come back tomorrow and I'll show you a few more reasons. ;o)


  1. WOW! That's so amazing that you got so much for so little!! I'm totally jealous!

  2. What a wonderful event!! No wonder that you looked forward to that day.

    It must have been like walking right into a BIG treasure. :))

    Have a lovely day, Katherine. :))

  3. Ok first let me say this... It's been another year already!? This sale is like a child...I can't believe another year has passed! Didn't you just go last year?! WOW! And no teasing from me! I love all your finds you lucky girl! I want to see 130 zipper prjects this year though! LOL

  4. WOW... you sure did find some great stuff. I can see why you look forward to that sale each year. It would be great if we had something similiar here. There aren't many things/events that I'd stand in line for, but that would be one.

  5. Wow! Fantastic! Coming back tomorrow to see the rest!

  6. that looks like so much fun! just 3 blocks down the street from my is the local church thrift store. They often have "left overs" when a resident of town needs to downsize and moving in to assisted living. Lots of loved items. I often bring back what I have created so that the little old ladies that work there can see what I've made with my found treasures.


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