Saturday, July 30, 2011

Flea Market Finds on a holiday long weekend

It is a funny state of affairs when many of your flea market finds come from your mother's linen cupboard and/or your mother's rag rug stash.  Among other things, I have a huge stack of vintage sheets.  Husband asks, "More sheets?" I do keep using them either in quilts or on the back of quilts.  And yes, I did find more sheets this morning.  

On the way out this morning, we saw a big black bear!!!!  Not far from home. The bear went up and over a fence like it was nothing.  Very agile for such a big animal!!!  I did not, however, have my camera.  Darn!

Mum's finds:  Fire King bowls, Pyrex and her Jadeite Sugar Dispenser!!!!!
Mother found some awesome deals in her thrifting adventures today, including a Jadeite Sugar Dispenser.  I am filled with envy.  It was purchased for a grand sum of $2.  Crazy!!!

I also have a lovely tin of old buttons and stuff.  Mum found those at her local thrift store for me.  She asked for them and the nice volunteer lady kept them aside for her.  So sweet!  And some other sewing notions from this morning including a box of dressmaking pins and a card of shirt buttons which are apparently both "washable and attractive" !  Interestingly, I paid the exact price that the pins originally sold for - 25 cents.  And if you look closely next to the dice, there is something that might be an old sewing machine bobbin?  Notice the lovely red buckle!

And I leave you with a picture of our big woods on this sunny summer day!  This is exactly where bears like to live.  : )

I will be linking up with Sophie's Flea Market Finds and with Apron Thrift Girl's Thrift Share Monday on Monday!  Check out the other thrifty finds!



  1. Those lovely fabrics look great hanging on the wooden ladders. The woods look perfect for a picnic, but with a bear in the vicinity, blimey, perhaps not!!!

  2. You saw a bear?! Wow! Nice finds too. :)

  3. yes, i have peered into that heavenly box of yours... mhmmm... and it seems to me you have found the perfect way to present quilts and fabrics, doesn't it look stylish!
    on that black bear. urrgghhhhh, if you ask me. it'd scare the pants of me, in real life..

  4. Love the sewing bits and pieces - the fabrics are great too!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  5. ooh i love the notions and sewing can never have too many buttons i think.

  6. Love the finds. I found you while blog hopping around. I am not a quilter but a rug hooker and a very little knitter. I have saved your instructions for the dish cloth and will use it for gifts. Glad I found you.
    a Blogger with the same name

  7. Those are some fantastic sheets and fabrics, the look so lovely displayed on those ladders. Your Mother clearly has an eye - that jadite salt sellar is utterly lush. xXx

  8. We've had some bear in our area in recent weeks, feeding at bird feeders and the like.

    I love, love, love the sewing tin with the buttons your mother found for you. Just the type of thing I love to sort through.

    So great that you repurpose the sheets into quilts for yet another generation to enjoy. Wonderful!

  9. Oh I love that green vintage sheet in your 4th pic Cathy and the colour of that sugar dispenser...lovely. Gorgeous red buckle too.
    Beware of the Bears (sorry) x

  10. Looks like you hit the jackpot with all your finds and those of your mum. I am fascinated how you can live so calmly close to bears - I love them and would love to watch them but I think I would be afraid to venture outside the door! Have you ever had any trouble right near the house?