Thrift Store Treasures

Posted by Angela Diaz on January 22, 2014 at 9:45 PM

     I like thrift store shopping.  Scratch that. I LOVE thrift store shopping.  I like to go to the Salvation Army on Wednesdays because they have 50% off almost everything except a specified color tag. I am sharing what I got this week for $23.  I went there looking for bed sheets to cut up into strips to make a braided rug for my bedroom (a project I'll share with ya'll as well).  Anyways. Here's what I got:

I found two bundles of new fabric, five sheets for my project, two uniform school pants for my daughter, and six large spools of strong thread that I plan to use for rug-making.

Look at all this fabric! There must be twenty yards of this stuff!

And at least five or six yards of this lovely blue that matches perfectly with the other fabric stash.

My plans for this fabric is to make some of these all-purpse or re-usable grocery bags.  I've made these before and they are awesome! I love them and use them every day.  I want to make a bunch of these to raise money to buy a pressure canner. Pressure canners can cost about a hundred bucks or more for a good one.  I would like to get my hands on one before I end up giving away half my harvest due to lack of proper canning equipment.

I couldn't wait to get out the sewing machine, so I made up a quick apron for my youngest daughter. She always wanted one and always uses mine when she "helps" wash dishes. Now she has her own and she absolutely loves it.

I'm glad that she is showing an interest in the things I do.  I plan to teach her as much as possible the skills that schools don't teach any more. She's only five years old, but she knows what a pressure foot on a sewing machine is, how to turn the machine on, and how to press the pedal to make it go.  Little by little she will learn so that by the time she is a young adult, she will have all the knowledge it me countless hours of library research, internet surfing, and experiments and mistakes to learn.

Categories: Sustainability/Money/Frugal Living, Crafts/Sewing, Old-Fashioned Ways

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