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Thread: Weekend Project!

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    Weekend Project!

    Howdy y'all

    A few months ago I went to a small thrift shop because they had advertised on Craigslist that they had fabric in their store. They did have a little bit and I bought a few pieces, but just as I was about to pay the woman asked me, "You don't know anyone who needs any beads, do you?" I looked where she was pointing and saw a large cardboard box with another cardboard box sitting inside it. The two of them were full of TV dinner trays with beads in them, and at least 200 of the little tubes that you put beads in. I asked her how much they were and she said if I wanted them, I could have them all for $10.00!

    I finally got down to business with them this weekend. It took me hours and hours, but I finally got almost finished with them. I still have one section of a TV dinner tray filled with pony beads I need to separate by color and another tray with specialty beads and jewelry parts in it. I ended up with NINE of the boxes with separated compartments in them filled, 4 little round containers, 3 of the round containers that screw onto the bottom of each other, and a couple of small vials! Not a bad haul for 10 bucks!!!

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    That is a lot of beads. You got a real good deal. I only quilt and only made beaded ornaments years ago.
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    What do you plan on doing with them?
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    NikkiLu, I originally got them thinking I could embellish a few quilts with them. But I got WAY more than I bargained for! LOL!

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    Here's an idea:

    Several years ago we went to the Quilt Museum in Paducah and the winning quilt from the year before was hung from the ceiling and not on the wall - it had ropes around it so that we could walk all around the quilt - that was because - on the back of the quilt - in amongst the hand quilting was about 130,000 crystals sewn into the back of the quilt!!!!!
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    What a bargain! Have fun with all your beads!

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    wow... great haul
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    How many visits to the thrift stores does one need to do before getting haul like that?? Congratulations!

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    Wow, you are so lucky,here in the U.K the charity shops seem to charge too much for their goods,in some cases more than you would pay for new items.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NikkiLu View Post
    Here's an idea:

    Several years ago we went to the Quilt Museum in Paducah and the winning quilt from the year before was hung from the ceiling and not on the wall - it had ropes around it so that we could walk all around the quilt - that was because - on the back of the quilt - in amongst the hand quilting was about 130,000 crystals sewn into the back of the quilt!!!!!
    Here is a picture of the quilt you mentioned.

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    Yes, that is the quilt - thank you so much for taking the time to look this up. I envy you being able to find things on the internet! The picture doesn't do the quilt justice - the "jewels" just sparkled in the lights at the Quilt Museum.
    Nikki in MO

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    Shall we now call you the bead lady? LOL. That was an amazing bargain, so happy that it found you.

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    Great deal....

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    What a great deal! Congratulations!
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    Donna, what a find. Can't wait to see what you'll do with them. Marie

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    As they say you made out like a fat rat!LOL! How much fun that will be to embellish a quilt! Have fun!

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    Have fun with all those beads!!
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    Wow you hit the jackpot. That looks like a lot of sorting.
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