Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Weekend Without Thrifting

I didn't get a chance to go out thrifting this weekend. I always get withdrawal symptoms if I don't get into at least one thrift store over the weekend, but I did find something in my own basement that filled the bill. I had a box that I kept putting off opening that my mother had packaged up several years ago. It was marked linens.I thought it was old sheets and didn't really want to go through it. But, I was truly surprised when I did open it. It was really linens!
It looked something like this after I rummaged through it a little.
There were tablecloths, napkins, tea towels and dresser scarves, oh my!
I was in heaven with all of the vintage goodies,
all made by my great grandmother.
Take a look at some of my favorites after I washed and pressed them.
This beautiful little tea towel has hand embroidered flowers inside the outline of a tulip.
Another tea towel with a floral spray.
Satin stitched laurel wreath on a linen tea towel.
Hand crocheted edging on a pillowcase.
A pair of cross stitched tea towels with a basket of flowers.
A monogrammed tea towel with a subtle yellow border.
Can you imagine drying dishes with towels like these?
I can't, but I know there are plenty of people who would love to
have them in their Shabby Chic kitchen,
so watch for them in my Etsy shop.
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  1. That's even better than a thrift store find - made by your great grandmother! Beautiful.

    Lisa x

  2. Ann they are lovely! I am so glad you finally opened that box! The little yellow monogrammed towel is just too sweet! Thanks for joining JFF. hugs, Linda

  3. I have a box like that....from my moms.
    I love old linens! following you after finding you at a la carte!

  4. These are so pretty...like little pieces of art... you are so lucky to have these. I adore tea towels and embroidery of any kind. I am always on the hunt for some...and am always tickled pink when I find another one at the right price. I only own one piece that was made by my great grandma...It's a little embroidered cloth and I love it :)
    Big hugs,

  5. p.s. honey, I know exactly what you mean about those withdrawals...you cracked me up with using that expression, because me and the hubby use it all the time...when we can't find a yard sale for a while! Fun to know others feel the same way sometimes lol:)

  6. Oh my, now they were truly buried treasures. I don't think I'd be able to sell them, though. I'm very sentimental. Really great pieces. Susan

  7. I love it when I re-discover vintage finds in my own cabin too! I thrift shop around my cabin all the time, instead of buying more stuff!! And you've got the memories to go with your thrifty finds which is very sweet. Mel's Cabin enjoyed your post today from A La Cart linky party.

  8. They would be so hard to part with. Just beautiful.