The Loot...

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Remember how I told y'all I was going to spend my Friday hitting up some crazy estate sales? Well here's the loot...

Estate Sale #1

The fabric at this estate sale was a little on the high priced side, plus it was mostly quilting fabric, but I did manage to snag a few pieces of gorgeous cotton lawn (although I think the light blue might be a silk blend because it has a really incredible sheen) and a giant piece of wool knit stuff...

I think I'll use the light blue for a spring version of the bombshell dress and the wool knitty stuff for a faux Chanel jacket?



I managed to score some patterns too...


 Is it just me or are the drawings on Marie Osmond's Marlo Thomas's (sorry mom! I'm a little too young...)patterns creepy? So smiley...


More patterns...


 Altogether (with the 2nd day 25% discount) I ended up spending about $25 on the three pieces of fabric, 12 patterns and a bag of bias tape.

Estate Sale #2

At the next estate sale, I hit the jackpot. An entire room of gorgeous vintage apparel fabric for $2 a piece or 3 for $5, regardless of yardage! I've never seen it that cheap! There was also a HUGE box of vintage buttons on cards but unfortunately, I was due to meet the boyfriend for lunch so I only had time to swipe a card of self cover buttons and 2 vintage zippers. Altogether this pile of 11 pieces of fabric and notions cost me $12! I could have probably bought 4 times that much fabric but I decided to restrain myself and only pick pieces I really loved.


Here are a few of my favorites:

The piece on the left is hilarious, a bunch of birds with the words "hip chick" floating around. There's not much of it, so it will probably end up being used for a craft project. The cherry blossom print on the right is probably my favorite piece of material I've ever purchased from an estate sale. I've had an obsession with Japanese floral cottons for a while and have several saved on my Etsy favorites, but this is one of the prettiest I've ever seen. And it's 4 whole yards!


These three are cotton printed with a lace design. I think they're so interesting and cute! There's not much yardage of the one on the left but I think I can squeeze a pencil skirt out of it. For the middle I'm imagining a strapless full skirted dress with the lace stripes.


This piece has to be my second favorite piece I've ever purchased second hand. Unfortunately in the picture doesn't quite portray it's shiny, tackiness.


When I first saw it, it immeadiately reminded me of the tuxedo some 60's Vegas lounge singer would wear. A slightly prettier version of the fabric below. I think it will be absolutely perfect for a flashy New Year's dress! Aside from Halloween, when else can you use your slightly tacky, super shiny fabric stash?


In total, I added 43 yards to my stash! AHHHHHHH! I'm trying not to think about it...

Now back to the bridesmaid's dress! (more on that later) Happy weekend!

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Rosy
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November 20, 2011 at 1:16 PM delete

Ohhh, you're really a lucky girl ...

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T. Sedai
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November 20, 2011 at 2:09 PM delete

Love the colors of the fabrics. That blue would be a great New Year's party dress...

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Sarah
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November 20, 2011 at 2:58 PM delete

Wow! Total score!! I've never been to an estate sale, but after seeing this, I just might have to do some searching for one! And you're right, those drawing of Marie Osmond are totally creepy! Lol!

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November 20, 2011 at 3:45 PM delete

I'm so jealous!! We don't have estate sales in the UK :(
I agree with you & Sarah, the Marie Osmond patterns look so creepy!

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November 21, 2011 at 2:33 PM delete

Nice haul. Love the patterns. That's not Marie Osmond. It's Marlo Thomas of "That Girl" fame. The smile is iconic.

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Meg the Grand
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November 22, 2011 at 12:45 PM delete

Oooohhh....The Japanese Cotton is gorgeous, and you got four yards?! Brilliant. I cannot wait to see what you make with these prints!

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crissy baker
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January 5, 2012 at 3:48 PM delete

oh my GOD- how did i miss such amazing estate sales????
i have a bunch of secret vintage fabric shops in town... there might have to be a san antonio sewing meet up soon!

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