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    In the snow states this is big garage sale time. I finally got some fabric and a quilt book. I got Better Homes and Gardens 501 Quilt Blocks for 2 dollars and a bag of fabric for one dollar. :P

    Has any one made some good finds this year? I just missed two old quilt tops that went for 3 dollars each :roll:

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    About 2 months ago I went to an advertised estate sale offering crafts, sewing supplies, etc. When I got there I found the basement of this house crammed full of "stuff". A sign on the wall said " fabrics $3. a bag" so I asked someone how big the bag was. "Oh it is one of those plastic bags hanging on the doorknob." A plastic grocery bag! Well, I could handle that.
    I had sorted out pieces I wanted for quilting. When it came time to pack my bag, I folded, then rolled each piece (tightly) and filled the bag with fabric and no air ! When I got home I discovered I had 26 yards of fabric. that made my day! And I had found some belt buckles for a friend who was using them on quilted handbags. HAPPY! HAPPY!!

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    Just yesterday, I got 5 bags of fabric and 2 quilt batts for $5, and a White sewing machine with some fancy stitches for same. It is so heavy I cannot carry it, all metal gears. Yahoo :D :D

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    GREAT! that machine will serve you well for a long time. Those old heavy ones were made to last.

    Now I am thinking I need to start going to sales, but I need to wait until I get back into my sewing room. It is almost finsihed, I thnk!

    Don't you feel good when you find a bargain? I do!!

    June

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    I'm jealous of that Quilt block book for $2.00, I paid over $20 for mine new!! I wish more people around here quilted, our yard sales aren't that fun. :cry:

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    Here is a hint about buying books.....try www.half.com for good buys. I bought the same book, some months ago for a small price but of course had to add the shipping charges. It was still a good buy. Used book sales on line are always a good source. You can do a google and find places that sell them at much lower prices than the HalfPrice books stores. I just received a gift card for HalfPrice and really don't like to go there.

    June

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    Does your local library sell books?

    I went to mine last nite and found a hardcover book for $1. It's on small quilted projects with patterns and how-to's.

    Marybeth

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    I never find anything good at sales around my home either mostly childerns clothes and toys. Someday maybe I'll get lucky and find a good sale too.

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    I usually take a carload of grand kids,"with their own money". I think I go to 25 before I find something good for me. I haven't bought much. A few clothes, a ice tea machine, a bread machine, 2 old wood lawn chairs, A wax machine for aching hands. a t fall electric grill. I went to a lot of sales to get this, and it was all cheap.....I only go in a five mi radius on Sat because of gas prices, Don't give up you'll find something. PS Only take money you can afford to spend. I spend a lot of weekends home. :wink:

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    Ruth, what do you think of the wax?Is it worth the trouble?

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    Another good source for books: Edward R. Hamilton. Google it and find their listing, then select "Needlecrafts".

    I get their "newspaper" about twice a month and in the recent issue (June 8), there must be at least ten quilting books in their New Arrivals pages. These books are not categorized and are mixed among a lot of other listings. The current newspaper is 64 pages long and just chucked full.

    In the Needlecrafts section of the newspaper, they list sewing, knitting and quilting books together. They give a short description along with the author's name, # of pages and retail price and then their asking price. The description in the newspaper is several lines long. The line description on the website is very brief. You have to know what you are looking for online.

    In the current issue author's: Mimi Dietrich, Debbie Mumm, Lynette Jensen, and Elly Sienkiewcz to name a few. I am ordering the one entitled "Flower Pounding", Frischkorn/Sardin for $7.95. The retail was $22.95.

    The best part is you can order 5 - 10 - 20 books and the shipping is the same: $3.50. Soooo, get together with a few friends and place a big order.

    Suzanne

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    One of my best deals was at my quilting guild. Each month we can buy tickets for a raffle of things donated by members. If your ticket wins you can pick from stuff on a table. My 25cent ticket won me a brown grocery sack full of buttons! I was so excited that the next day I went to Hobby Lobby and purchased a large treasure chest on clearance! Sometimes I still just sit and go through this delightful chest and find something new. :lol:

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    I know the wax machines work because when i broke my wrist, snapped all the bones, the therapist , used it, dip it several times and wrap in a towel. oh it feels so good , makes you want to cry. I will never forget that pain. fingers still bother me.

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    wish me luck, the church by the Mountain has a garage sale,usually great , furniture and all. I need a sofa and a toaster. Some fabric would be NICE.

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    Hi Kathy,
    I have a hot wax machine. I use it now and then for arthritis in my fingers. It is wonderful. I used to work in a physicial therapy dept. and when I broke my wrist and when I broke my fingers my therapist had me use the one at work. I love mine.
    Jean

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    Okay Ruth, tell us what you found on the Mountain. Suz

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    Okay Ruth, tell us what you found on the mountain. Suz

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    Have you guys tried the thrift stores in small towns? They are a gold mine. I have purchased fabric for 10 cents a yard before. I walk out of there with bags and bags of fabric, buttons, thread, etc. and have never spent more than $20 to $30.00. Plus, it helps them out. Have fun! :lol: :!:

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