I've gotta share. This is the dumpster outside my favorite local thrift shop, our Social Service League. A hangout for local artists is right down the alley (The Percolator) and that is our Arts Center on the right side of the photo. How I would have loved to have seen the artist toss paint onto this dumpster. It made my day, the vibrant colors splashed across what is ordinarily a rather grim object.
Look at this one too - it appeared last summer. I heard a tablecloth was spray painted there - look at the loveliness left behind.....
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Thrift is IN
So I'll report on a local trend. The local antique mall, on our main street downtown, is a bustling place. My brother and I rented a small booth there last month, in an effort to continue to recycle our stuff. Larry the owner said business was booming. He and Gwen, his co-owner/spouse have a theory. People still want to SHOP - they just don't want to spend as much money. So they come to the antique mall and carry home a very affordable and unique item, instead of heading for the big-box stores and dropping more cash.
We've had the booth for 6 weeks now and we've made more than expenses AND have enjoyed seeing what sells. Gwen and Larry think practical items are popular, along with kitsch....
I put some good quilts there, and they have not sold. But a few less-than-perfect, i.e. THRIFTY quilts sold quickly.
AND - as of today, the mall is FULL, meaning there is no booth space. Larry has run the mall for 20 years now - this is the fullest he has ever seen it. AND - last Saturday was their biggest day EVER.
I'm heading there soon, to leave more things. Times are good to be in the thrift business.....
Posted by Deb Rowden at 7:36 PM 9 comments:
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Searching for Frances Fisher
Here's what we know: my friend Merikay became the owner of a bag of stitched items. She knew they came from Indiana. A set of placemats was among the items. They all have a label on them, saying they were stitched by Frances Fisher.
So of course we googled Frances Fisher Indiana.
This photo was there, showing a 1940 graduate of Rockville High School in Indiana.
That time frame could be right.
Here's another clue: a pattern piece inside:
It sure would be fun to know more about Frances. I love her style, she made each of these placemats different. They are so funky!
Posted by Deb Rowden at 12:39 PM 3 comments:
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Get a load of this! Can you imagine this as a full-size quilt? I can. But it's not, it is a placemat, vintage 1960s. It has no lining but look at the backing, below.....
It has a label.
The hunt for information about that will take another blog to explain, trust me. Stay tuned.
Posted by Deb Rowden at 3:29 PM 6 comments:
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