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Thread: Blessed at a Yard Sale

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    Blessed at a Yard Sale

    Well, I think I was just blessed today at a yard sale. A woman's mother had passed away and the daughter was selling a huge box of completed quilt blocks , books, patterns, etc. She wanted $20 for the whole lot. I only bought a baggie of cut Hawaiian 4"squares and almost the book, as I really didn't need completed blocks. ( I like to get fabric to make my own). Any way, I told her if it didn't sell, rather than throw it out, give it to the Sr. Center because our quilt group makes charity quilts. Well, before I left, she GAVE me the entire box (book included). After I got home, I think I can put together at least 5 lap quilts for charity! I wrote her a short thank you note and did a happy dance.
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    Wow, sounds like you will be busy. Makes you wonder what will happen to all our things, when we no longer need them?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue's quilting mama View Post
    Wow, sounds like you will be busy. Makes you wonder what will happen to all our things, when we no longer need them?????
    Hahaha - I know - I am just finishing 4 rag quilts for my grandchildren and preparing myself for "ho-hum" responses, as they are not "toys". My husband said, "Oh, they'll probably end up in a yard sale some day"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewhappytoquilt View Post
    Hahaha - I know - I am just finishing 4 rag quilts for my grandchildren and preparing myself for "ho-hum" responses, as they are not "toys". My husband said, "Oh, they'll probably end up in a yard sale some day"
    Yes, I expect all of my things will end up in a yard sale when I'm gone. So far, only one of my DGK has shown any interest in sewing. Maybe when they're older. I have more than enough machines to give each of them one, but who knows if they will be interested in my vintage machines.
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    Sewhappytoquilt,

    This is an example of a win/win/win situation. It is a situation where blessings multiply. Lots of people are too shy about talking about their charity quilting. They shouldn't be - it might be just the opportunity that the donor needs to move something on where it will be appreciated and used. The memory of the original owner is honored, which is in contrast to selling her things dirt cheap or putting them in the dumpster.

    Enjoy making beautiful quilts from those blocks!

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    I'm hoping a quilter will find my stuff just as I found others. My plan is to keep somebody's stash growing!
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    What a heartwarming story. It's great to hear about the good in people.
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    I bet her Mom is smiling down and pleased as punch to know that her quilts will be finished and loved
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    And by the way, the giver is blessed by giving. And you the quilter will be too for finishing them.

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    Lucky you, so glad you got her quilting stuff so you can make charity quilts to give to others. My oldest Daughter makes quilts, other Daughter and two DGDs are not interested in sewing. I told Oldest DD and DGD to find find a group that makes quilts and give my stuff to them.
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    Yes I agree with barny the giver is the one blessed, and you also well be once you donate them, I hope you got her mothers name so that you can give her credit for making all those blocks. Her mother will be pleased about that I'm sure.
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    How wonderful for both of you!

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    Awe, that's wonderful that the things she loved will continue to be loved!
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    Very Nice, good job!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blue's quilting mama View Post
    Wow, sounds like you will be busy. Makes you wonder what will happen to all our things, when we no longer need them?????
    I was at a yard sale last year bought a beautiful dresden plate made in the 30's. Only damage/repair was where the binding had been replaced on one side. Total cost - $4. Nice to know great-grandmother's hard work was appreciated.

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    Sounds like a win/win. She wanted to move it and you will benefit and see that others do, too.

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    And you wrote a thank you note! :-) :thumb up:

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    what a wonderul gift you both have received. I am lucky my DD and DIL quilt with me so I know where my stuff is going. LOL But the more we give the more we get back.

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    That is awesome! It's nice to see people do stuff like that. We call it "paying forward" and try to do something nice for someone else when we can. Have fun!
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    Good for you both!

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    When I went into the hospital for major surgery two months ago I wrote an addendum (sp?) to my trust that if I didn't survive, my machines and assundry supplies were to go to a new quilter, and all my stash and UFO's were to go to the outreach group in our Guild for making charity quilts. I have two daughters and sad but true, it would all end up in the trash if left up to them!

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    I figure my DD will just throw all of my stuff out. She keeps asking me why I need all of that "stupid fabric", but I've noticed that when she needs something that requires cloth, she comes right over and helps herself. LOL!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sewhappytoquilt View Post
    Well, I think I was just blessed today at a yard sale. A woman's mother had passed away and the daughter was selling a huge box of completed quilt blocks , books, patterns, etc. She wanted $20 for the whole lot. I only bought a baggie of cut Hawaiian 4"squares and almost the book, as I really didn't need completed blocks. ( I like to get fabric to make my own). Any way, I told her if it didn't sell, rather than throw it out, give it to the Sr. Center because our quilt group makes charity quilts. Well, before I left, she GAVE me the entire box (book included). After I got home, I think I can put together at least 5 lap quilts for charity! I wrote her a short thank you note and did a happy dance.
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    [QUOTE=MimiBug123;5261108]I figure my DD will just throw all of my stuff out. She keeps asking me why I need all of that "stupid fabric", but I've noticed that when she needs something that requires cloth, she comes right over and helps herself. LOL!


    sounds so familar! My daughter says and does the same thing.. I told her I'm saving it for when I retire cause I won't be able to afford to buy it then,and i'll need something to do .... LOL

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