Sunday, July 25, 2010

I must just tell you...

Yesterday I was very brave.

Yesterday Altrusa Palmerston North was holding a Fabric, Buttons and Bows fundraiser, to raise funds for literacy projects.

It was their very first fundraiser of this nature. I had to go.

I was very restrained, you'd have been proud of me :))

I restricted my buying to items I knew I would use, and not things "I liked".

I spent $8.60.

I felt like I had just purchased the crown jewels!

I bought rolls of crochet cotton on wooden reels. I never actually knew that they were sold on wooden reels.

Sparkling artificial silk crochet cottons,

three reels of silk thread,

four reels of linen thread,
which were by far my most extravagant purchase at $1.00 each.

Then the elderly lady gave me a lump of this to go with the linen thread, - a well used lump of wax.

Then I spotted all these odds of cotton, some are very fine,
they will come in very handy for my hand stitching.

At one table the ladies were giving everyone a wee bag,
fit as much into the bag as you'd like for $1.00.
There were boxes and boxes of nylon laces, not really my thing,
but I dug out some cotton bindings, I have just the project for these!

I particularly like this Busy Bee binding,
especially as it has 'Made in New Zealand' on it, a rarity now days.
I also like that it's fadeless and boilproof!

And then I found a pair of pinking shears for $1.00 and this daisy wheel!

Have you seen one of these before? I hadn't, the stall owner gave me a quick demo on how to use it,
it's been very well used in it's past life,
and I have a feeling it will be getting well used in it's next life!

Yes, I think I was very brave and very well behaved to be able to carry my purchases back to my car without the aid of a removal man!!

I will need to watch out for this sale again next year!

Did you have any exciting shopping expeditions during the weekend?

Carole :)


kasia | szkieuka said...

I don't know if it counts as the weekend shopping, but I stopped at a "Second Chance Store" on Thursday and found this lovelt little tile for 25 cents. It's supposed to be a coaster, but I like it too much to cover it with a mug :)

Dogwood said...

Cool stuff. I love the old wooden thread spools. They are the best.


Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Now that's what I call thrifting - you go girl!!!LOL

Hey, what a yummy collection of threads and bits and bobs. I didn't realise the bias binding was made in NZ still.
Daisy wheel rings a bell in my head but I can't remember what for - Do tell us for what and how you use it!

Lynette (NZ) said...

Love looking at your blog and have become a follower....we are both Palmy girls :-)

Margaret said...

Good grief! what a haul and only $8.60 how do you do it?!! result!! especially love the braid!

Jenxo said...

oh wow! look at all your bargains, i dont know you restrained yourself....

Debrina said...

Blimey! And all this cost $8.60???? You need to tell me when something like this is on, Carole!!! Lol...can you see us...slapping each other's hands as we both go for the same things!
Did you get a confirmation email from Gundhild for the artfair and also a contract?

Ati. said...

Oh Carole, what a treasures you have found!And that piece of wax, so convenient to go with the linen threads. Wonderful buy!
In my neighbourhood aren't flea markets :(
I worked in the garden , we had a nice day after all the rain the last weeks. There were so many old flowers to cut off.

Bunty said...

Lucky you - there is nothing like that where I live, despite being 12 miles away from Oxford and not in the middle of nowhere!

What bargains you got and such pretty old reels. Well done!


Nancy said...

All that wonderful-ness for so little money! Great buys. A daisy wheel?? You'll have to show us something you did with that. I'm not clear about what it is.

Ragamuffin Gal said...

What a bounty of wonderful treasures you have there Carole! And I love your sharp clear photos of them! I agree, you got some great deals. I found a new flea mkt. this week ~ does that count?
Love and Blessings to you!
Enjoy using your goodies!
~ Katie

Linda said...

The sacrifices we make in the name of good deeds! You rock! ha

LittleRed said...

Sounds like a fabulously fun sale. I found one of those daisy looms at a thrift store about a year ago and sent it out to my friend in NZ for her 10 year old daughter to use. It was still in it's original old packaging complete with instructions for making afghans and such. I thought it looked cool:) You picked up some great finds and it will be interesting to see them be transformed into something even more fabulous!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Looks like you struck the mother lode with all your goodies! Don't you love it when you stumble across something so perfect for your stash and actually manage to get it for cheap. Great buys!

Laura said...

Oh!! I made flowers on one of these daisy wheels when my 30 year old was 2 or 3! I don't think I ever did anything with them...just made the flowers. :) Now I have to look for one to buy again -- I'd actually use the flowers now!

quiltmom said...

What terrific finds you found at the sale- there is something really wonderful about wooden spools.
I inherited a bunch of trims and laces from the wife of a friend of my husbands. There are so many treasures in that box that are just enjoyable to look and touch.

I had not seen a daisy maker before- I am sure that you will have fun playing with it.

Scrappy Raven said...

Lovely wooden spools. What a deal on everything.

Kayla coo said...

Beautiful treasure!

Cindy Adkins said...

Amazing!!! I love your blog!