A trip to the Lions Club of Berowra Op Shop almost always results in fabulous finds and additions to my sewing stash. Not only are they cheaper than the larger Op Shops (Thrift Stores), but everything is so well organised.
Naturally, what's there depends on what has been donated. Not knowing what you will find is all part of the experience. Maybe you'll be lucky, maybe not. There's a certain air of anticipation as I walk into the shop, which quickly turns to excitement as I sort through and find something unexpected or of value.
This time I was absolutely thrilled to find 2m or beautiful Japanese cotton, uncut and still with the label stuck on. It's quite a loose weave and will be perfect for bag making. I think the fabric will also be a great base to use with combinations of scrap fabrics.
The cost - $3. That's $1.50/m!!!
Next up is 2m of this orange/brown fabric. It looks very much like a mid weight linen, but I can't be certain. Again, I'm thinking bag making. For $3, I couldn't leave it there.
There's 3m of the blue fabric, also costing $3. There's a shine to the fabric, so definitely a percentage of synthetic, but at $1/m, a real bargain. There's nothing special about it and it's my least favourite, but I'll actually be cutting into it today.
I chose three patterns to bring home, each costing $1. The two outside ones interest me the most, as I don't have a lot of patterns for stretch fabric. See how short the boys' shorts are? Wouldn't be hard to lengthen them, though. The pattern on the right, unlike many of its era, covers a wide range of sizes. And they're basics which really don't go out of fashion.
This time there was a box full of buttons, all bagged up. I could easily have brought home more than three bags.
There are some truly unique buttons - ones I just couldn't buy now-a-days.
There's nothing special about the Beutron buttons on the card. I mainly bought them for the text on the card.
Last month, I showed you a 1950's ad for boil tested buttons. Well, here are some boil tested buttons. Each button had apparently been boil tested for one hour before it left the factory. Never mind the grammatical mistake - everyone instead of every one.
If you are thinking of adding to your sewing stash by delving into the world of Op Shop / Thrift Store shopping, the following resources may be of interest...
- A Guide to Buying Vintage Patterns, Fabric & Notions
- Finding Treasure in Dark and Dusty Places
- Building a Fabric Stash on a Budget
- How to Shop for Sewing Supplies at Thrift Stores and Rummage Sales
- Thrift Store Shopping: Buying Fabric
Much as I get a real kick out of Op Shop fabric finds, I have to limit my visits. It's exactly the same as for new fabric. My INCOMING greatly exceeds my OUTGOING!!!