Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Garage sales, with snow

Sometimes I am way too stubborn for my own good. I set out Saturday morning to do the garage sale scene even though it was 30 something degrees and we were having snow flurries. Why? Because it is mid April and it is time! After several stops and that sinking "why I am wasting time" feeling, I went home to get Jack and Dave to go with me to one last sale.

It turns out I should have started and ended with that sale. (Dave is my lucky penny.) We had a pretty big pile of stuff when we were done. I was so excited to find these old fabric books. Many moons ago I saw an idea in a magazine to use the fabric book pages to make throw pillows. We are redoing Jack's room over the next two weeks, and I see a fabric book pillow in his future.
I picked up 6 of these Carnation milk bottles. I have no clue what they are, and googling was no help. They are plastic and they have screws on the bottoms to take that bottom part off. I think they are insulated. But I can't tell if they were actual milk bottles or just a fantasy decorator item? I thought they would look good grouped together in the kitchen somewhere, or maybe I will use them to store things like beans that are easily poured in and out.
This is one cute tablecloth. It has that farm thing going on again, but this time it has an americana theme, complete with eagles. Tablecloths were so bountiful last year and not so much this year. So when I do find one I could jump up and down with joy. This one is already on the table for the week.
And what I hope is the really big jump up and down woooooooofreakinghoooooooooo of the day, a serger. For $10. She didn't have the book, and Singer wants more than I paid for the machine to sell me the book, but there is no way I can even attempt to work this thing without the book. So I am not entirely sure it doesn't need a tune up or something, but if it works, what a score. I never see them used for less than a $100.

Of course, that means I should actually, you know, sew something again, eh?

(I have lots of projects in the works, but I cannot seem to get anything finished right now. I have issues. LOL)

P.S. Jack and I took a freezing cold walk yesterday and photographed all the lovely spring flowers. They are in my Flickr and will be appearing as new headers here for the next few months. There are a lot of gorgeous flowers right now! The current one has not been retouched. Look at how blue the sky was...

36 comments:

  1. So cool on the serger!
    I love fabric books,including a Joan Walsh Aunglund one ,that I have not yet had the nerve to take apart(can you believe it ,me who cuts up everything!).

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  2. I'm LOVING the books. I used to have a bundle of those as a child. I'm always wondering what the heck happened to all those great childhood goodies?? Great find on the serger. Gorgeous photo on the header!!

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  3. i still don't know where you put all this stuff ;) but the book-pillows is a great idea!

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  4. Are the milk bottles hollow inside? Maybe they are "safes" to hold money and jewelry in the fridge. I have several - Campbell's Soup can, Green Bean can, RC Cola can. The weight and feel is like a regular can, but it opens to store things in then you hide it in the fridge. Other than than, I don't know anything about them except I LOVE THEM.

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  5. Wow Sarah -- What a find! I'm seeing fun sewing projects in your future. And those little milk bottles are adorable!

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  6. Great finds!!! A serger for $10!! Can't wait to see what you create!! have a wonderful day!

    blessings,
    kari & kijsa

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  7. Ohh that's the first serger that I ever had. I got it at Costco and my mother-in-law and I split the cost as we were on a clothing binge. I gave mine away with the manuals years ago when I got a new fancy serger but as I recall, you will want to spend the money on the manual if the serger works.

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  8. A $10 serger??? WOW, you get my vote as the Thrifting Queen for a Day. How come I don't ever find these treasures?

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  9. ohhh those bottles are too die for! so cute!

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  10. Great finds! So will the pillow be a patchwork of the fabric pages??

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  11. barbara12:53 PM

    Wow! Great stuff, especially the serger. And fabric book pillows! I wondered if the Carnation bottles might have been some kind of bank/promotional item thing, but then you'd think there would be a slot on the top. Awfully cute, whatever they are!

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  12. Holy moly- a serger is on my list of yard sale wants for this year. What a sale! Isn't it amazing how some weekends the sales and rummages are total busts and then some weekends you hit the motherload?

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  13. That's some seriously good stuff and I'm way impressed. Especially considering I know how cold it was here on Saturday and there was NO WAY I would have gotten out in it!

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  14. Beautiful picture, so jealous of the serger! Those things seem so cool.

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  15. That is a gorgeous picture - glad you can finally see the sun! :)

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  16. I saw some adorable pillows at the sale last week that were made from mattress ticking with a page from one of those pbooks smack dab in the middle. Very cute. I was going to try it with my new-found inkjet printing skillz. Love the tablecloth. Great sale!!!

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  17. How fabulous that pillow will be for Jack.
    Alison

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  18. I can't wait for yard sale season to start here . I have the itch lol so do the 3kids. Great finds .

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  19. Love the fabric books. So darling.

    Good score on the serger (and tablecloth). Looks like a productive trip.

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  20. Snow flurries here too! I haven't seen a garage sale yet. WHAT A GREAT SCORE ON THE SERGER! Hope it all works out. I love that idea for making pillows, so cute!

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  21. oh, you got some awesome deals! i hope it works!

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  22. Vicki6:45 PM

    You are a lucky duck! I adore fabric books, and don't even get me started on the serger. Have you ever seen a woman on a gurney at a garage sale? I think it's possible. Well, I'll keep living vicariously... Vicki at Hollyhocks

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  23. Oh SCORE! I don't think that I have ever been to a yard sale that yelded that many wonderful goodies! And a serger to boot!

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  24. Hi,

    Check ebay for the serger book. I was able to get my mom a pressure cooker guide from the pressure cooker she got as a wedding present in 1968. I paid a whopping $$1.45 too!

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  25. Wow! You scored--I'm going to have to start checking the paper for yard sales. I can't believe you got the serger! And those milk bottles are wonderful.

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  26. I love the fabric books...the pillow idea is great...or maybe for clothes? I am imagining one decorating the back of a sweatshirt or jacket?

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  27. What great finds! I lover the table cloth, so lucky!!

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  28. Wow, what a deal you got on that serger!

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  29. I don't remember how I got to yur blog this morning, faith maybe? but I have spent most of the days read back. You have some awesome collections. My favorite are you vintage christmas ornaments. I too collect them and have some of the same.

    Then I saw Noah Ark in St Charles. that brought back memories, I lived in St charles 70-72 (I know you might not have been born then) Maybe that is why I started collecting Noah Arks, of which I have a bedroom full, including a Quilt with 50 different paper pieced animals that I made.

    We were in the area of the 127 yard sale, but we were on a mission to get to John Campbell Folk School and COULDN'T stop.

    And Jack, well I have a grandson about that age, they would play well together.

    And I live in the midwest too, actually just 10 mintues from the Capitol City.

    Your McCoy pots remind me of some my Mother has as do the vintage table cloths.

    Get the picture, I love your blog.
    Osagebluffquilter

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  30. Love the new header picture!

    The fabric books are so cute. Great finds!

    I just learned about sergers within the past couple of weeks, and really want one. How awesome to find one for 10 bucks!! Way to go! {I'm kind of, sort of, but not really, new to the whole sewing thing.} Can't wait to see what you make!

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  31. If you google Singer you should be able to find the manual online for free. That's how I found the manual for a sewing machine that I came across.

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  32. congrats on all the great finds! I can't wait to see what you make with the fabric books too!

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  33. Rejoicing with you about the fabric book and the SERGER....amazing!! The pull of garage sales is VERY strong...regardless of temperature, having funding or not, illness, etc... For us addicts, we just have to go!! LOL
    Kristin

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  34. I won't tell you what the weather was like here in CA on Saturday. It definitely wasn't snowing though. Fabulous yard sale finds!

    There are plenty of website where you can buy a hard copy or download a copy of sewing manuals. They're usually cheaper than the manufacturer. Here's one:
    http://www.sewconsult.com/singer_instruction_manual_14u444.htm
    It's only $8 for the download. Total of $18 for serger and manual seems like a very reasonable investment.

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  35. Oh my goodness, what a great find! I am so jealous, only $10 for a serger! Lucky you :)

    Can you maybe get the manual online? I know a lot of times companies will have the manuals online for free, but charge for paper copies... Otherwise maybe another craft blogger has the same serger & would make a copy of the book for you? Just a few thoughts :)

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  36. Oh my, I'm jealous - a 4 thread serger!!!! Mine is only 3 threads and I've been eyeing the 4 thread ones...you are SO lucky!

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