Monday, October 1, 2012

Thrifty Crafty Weekend

I had the day off on Friday so I managed to make it to my favorite place, the Goodwill Outlet.  I really tried to focus on things I thought I could resell quickly, and that wouldn't hang around in my basement too long.  It's a bit of a mess down there! 

I love the bins because it seems like a lot of vintage things just get taken directly to the outlet and never make it to the stores!  Like these handkerchiefs.  There was a whole stack, or really a series of stacks, of them in one bin that must have come from someone's collection.  I pulled them all out and I'm selling them in color coordinated bunches.  Lots of great crafting opportunities here.  I've seen people on Etsy turn them into buntings, quilts, and even curtains!   As always I couldn't resist this great fabric 

I've also been doing a bit of crafting myself.  I finished up this pirate hat that had been laying around half done for a month.  The hat was thrifted and then I added the ribbon and trim.  The feathers are either from a craft store, thrifted, or bought from a lady I know who has peacocks on her farm.  she collects the dropped feathers and sends them on to me!
My other project has been a bellydance hip scarf, made from some of the lovely doiles and laces I have laying around.  Here's an in progress teaser shot. I thrifted a brocade sash belt with lovely beaded embroidery on the ends.  Then I'm adding the crochet lace dresser scarf as the base, and the drapery fringe was rescued from an ugly thrifted drapery.  Still cheaper to buy the drapery than to buy the fringe at a fabric store!  I have to add lots of shiny jingles but eventually it will be showing up in the Etsy shop as well! 
Thanks for taking a look at my finds!  I'm hooking up with Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday  Head on over and check it out!
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  1. Wow, those handkerchiefs are amazing...can't believe you found them at a Goodwill Outlet! I rarely have any luck at ours...

    1. I think we benefit here from the fact that the outlet serves the Philly suburbs as well as the Northern Delaware area, so you get a lot of variety and a lot of older stuff coming through. At least that's my theory!

  2. Great kite fabric and hankies!

    And your pirate hat is grand too!

    Aniko via Apron Thrift Girl's linkie