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Thread: Quilting and Yard Sales

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    Norah, I'm so jealous of your sewing room! To be in a good view spot, have it peacefully quiet, and big enough for me to do what I want??? Oh, gosh, heaven!!

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    Miranda.... Here in Wisconsin we have what is now known to be an Asian Aphid Beetle that resemble ladybugs but are not TRUE ladybugs! They differ in pattern and color and omg do they EVER stink!!! A true ladybug supposedly does NOT bite where these asian beetles DO!! and hard!!! Somebody told me "they do not bite they pinch" and I responded with "well whatever the heck it is that they do it hurts!!!" And another thing these asian beetles do that I've never seen a ladybug do is stain things when they are squashed .... I have little orange spots all over my walls and ceiling!!

    I guess somebody thought it would be a good idea to introduce these things to kill aphids....well, now we are overrun by the beetles and even birds won't eat them because of their stench!

    I've learned to take a piece of tape after them now instead of the flyswatter!! Or if you drop them into a HOT cup of water they also die instantly!! So I run a styrofoam cup of water around my house and flick them into it! Or a piece of duct tape to collect them!

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    OH and I should add to Becky's original question!! LOL I LOVE garage sales for fabric buying!!! I go to many and get lots!!!

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    Along with yard sales, thrift stores, estate sales, I go to auctions. You can get some really neat things. I've bought fabric, machines, quilting supplies(rulers, cutters, etc) very, very reasonable. Of course, it depends on if someone else also wants what you want. The last machine I bought is an old Singer in a table, one of these days, I clean it up and refinish the table, but I got it for $2.50. I also bought a Husky for $15.00.

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    Ok I am soooooooooooooooooooooo jealous. I love yard saling and find a lot of good stuff but never that good. :-)

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    I am definitely jealous. Anytime I have went to yardsales. I have not found anything worth anything. I would LOVE to find great deals like that. Heck, I would love to find a good yard sale..haha

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    I think you really have to like Garage sales to invest all that time . In the summer I go every saturday morning. I like the neighborhood sales. Close together and less driving. It's nice if you can get friends or family to go with you. For every ten sales you go to you find one that is special to you. I enjoy myself talking to people I probably would not meet otherwise.
    It's really fun when you get that one special bargin. I can't wait till they start here, to cold till about May. but I am ready to get out and get going. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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    Ruth, I see you are really into yard sales. Before I had so much trouble with the knees, that was my Saturday entertainment. My husband was always at Habitat for Humanity on Saturday so I wanted something to do that day. We have some really good Flea Marets around here, so I would go to those every Saturday. I would ask the vendors if they had fabris, and some would say they will bring it next week.

    I especially like Street Sales, where many residents on one street put out their stuff. Here in Cincinnati, flea market vendors scour garage sales (and also go through your curbside trash) )for items, as do the people who operate out of antique malls. Getting rid of things here is no problem. And making money on things is FUN!!!

    I will be checking today's paper for sales coming this week-end. Hope everyone finds something really great!

    June

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    Quote Originally Posted by live2teach
    I am definitely jealous. Anytime I have went to yardsales. I have not found anything worth anything. I would LOVE to find great deals like that. Heck, I would love to find a good yard sale..haha
    Hopefully the big one they've put in in Gassaway will be awesome. It opens this month.
    The one at the parking lot in Sutton is open, but got rained out last Saturday. It is usually the same people every Saturday with the same stuff from last year and the year before and....
    :roll:

    I want to have a yardsale. I had one last year and made $94. I had a lot of baby items that went!

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    I went to a thrift store yesterday. I found brand new Hawaiian shirts for $2.50 ea. These are not the really bright colors. Like the bright greens and fuschias a lot of them are made from but, muted blues, mellow yellows and black silhouette's of palm trees. which will go with some other stuff I have. I also got a brown corduroy, pinafore type dress, with a long skirt (the color of tree trunks) and a couple other brightly colored shirts for .25 cents ea. one tree green. I gotta go check the want ads. There might be a yard sale near me! I'm a yard sale junkie anyway. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by ButtercreamCakeArtist
    Quote Originally Posted by live2teach
    I am definitely jealous. Anytime I have went to yardsales. I have not found anything worth anything. I would LOVE to find great deals like that. Heck, I would love to find a good yard sale..haha
    Hopefully the big one they've put in in Gassaway will be awesome. It opens this month.
    The one at the parking lot in Sutton is open, but got rained out last Saturday. It is usually the same people every Saturday with the same stuff from last year and the year before and....
    :roll:

    I want to have a yardsale. I had one last year and made $94. I had a lot of baby items that went!


    I know, it opens next Saturday. I thought about calling to see how much a table would cost for the weekend. I wanted to make some more candles and try to sew a few more purses and maybe a couple of wall hangings before then. Who knows if it will happen. LOL

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    My husband and I live for garage sales. I went to a rummage sale and found some beautiful sheets in pristine condition along with ruffled pillowcases for 4.00 (queensize) I went home and made a duvet for the guest bedroom and stuffed our old comforter into it. I finished it off with some big antique buttons and created a new look for summer. I am still looking for more sheets, but haven't found any more as enticing as those. We also leave a card with people to call us when they are finished with their sale to donate what's left to our church for our rummage sale. We pick up the stuff and deliever it to the church. Kinda neat that people will do this for our church. We always mail a letter of thanks to them for their donation.

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    I posted pics of my duvet on the picture posting. They're kinda of small, but you can see the pretty colors of the sheet.

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    There is a difference between a garage sale and a Flea Market even tho in actuality it's just people selling used stuff. Flea Markets are in general a lot bigger with more stuff. That's fun. Yard Sale of course are much smaller. At's kinda hard to say which are the best bet. I think yard sales are much more frequent. I kinda like seeing people at home. Esp if they are in or close to my neighborhood. I guess it just preference. And availability. I don't know of any ongoing flea markets around here but have been in area where they have a number of them happening almost in perpetuity. Like Las Vegas. If they still have em:?: I kinda feel that yard sales usually have the best deals. But that an opinion that can change based on the current deal/bargain. :lol:

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    I get a lot of fabric and rotary rulers at yard sales-- one time a woman was getting rid of three UFO's-- all baby quilts. Another time I went to an estate sale and got an old stand-up, three-level sewing basket. That was a great day! I think you can get the best fabric deals at yard sales, rummage sales, and estate sales!

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    I have actually bought 2 older(1957) and a 1970's computerized sewing machine at estate sales,and of course some fabric.Second-hand stores are great also for fabric

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    I got 7 yds of Thimbleberries fabric for $4.00 at a yard sale this summer. I was shocked when the lady told me how much she wanted for it. She did not know anything about fabric obviously. I don't do many yd sales but if I could get that kind of bargain I woud go every week. Marge

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    Japanese beetles are here in Wis too :(

    There is a tablet that one can buy and mix with water and spray the outside of the house and they don't come in. It kills them. One man I know scooped up shovel-fulls of dead beetles after using it. There are also things that are shaped like air fresheners that are hung between the outer storm and inner window that kills them. Here they come off the soybean fields after the harvest. Looking for food and a winter retreat. Ask at a local hardware or farm supply store.

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    I just found this site and had to re-think my opinion of yard sales. I go to sales now and then to get fruit and jelly jars for canning but can honestly say I' ve NEVER LOOKED for fabric or notions. Guess what? You can bet the next garage or yard sale I see I'm stopping to check EVERYTHING out. Thanks for the tip.

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    Its funny that I saw this question tonight. I just went to a sale today. They had a box of already cut fabric squares for $3.00. The guy said that he burned bags and bags of fabric becasue he didn't think anybody would want it. I about cried.
    Judy in Ohio

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    Don't forget that you can pick up cotton skirts at yard sales and use that fabric for quilting. Especially some of the older prints that are no longer in "style" for wearing.

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    I have always loved garage sales and have found many wonderful things even before I started quilting. Last summer, though, I happened upon a fellow quilter who was "cleaning" out her stash (at a $1 a yard I might add). That was the most fun I had had in a long time. I came home with pile of fabric and now just wish I had bought every single last piece of it. (greedy, huh?)

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    For a long time, my friend Lyn and I had a deal. We would spend the weekend going to diffferent garage sales and estates sales. We would split what every we found in half. We bought a lot of vintage fabric this way.

    The best was when we went to an estate sale with another friend, in a vw bug. Most of fabric being sold was poly knits. We were ready to leave when I stick my hand in a moving barrel full of fabric scraps. I dug through the poly knits and came up with a hand ful of mourning prints (circa 1900/1910). There were two more barrels and after a quick investigation, we bought the three barrels for $20. We brought the barrels to my house (getting the in the bug was great fun - it took two trips) and divided things up. There were four piles - one for me, one for Lyn, one for our other friend and a toss pile (the poly knits). I would up with a lot of old shirting and mourning prints!

    Another time I went to a rummage sale. I bought a bag of fabric for twenty five cents because I saw a quilt block it in it. I would up with enough turn of the century blocks two make two small quilt tops. I gave them to Lyn for her 40th birthday.

    I love sales.

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    We LIVE to shop yard and garage sales!!! There's one inparticular I watch for every year. A lady just outside our little town has an annual "get rid of my winter stash" sale. She sells off almost all of her fabric, yarn, etc. that she collected over the fall and winter months prior. Usually you can buy gallon size bags of yardage, fat quarters, remnants etc for 25 to 50 cents a bag. She always has the best stuff too!! Some of my favorite projects were garage sale finds. I love it when there's a whole box of "craft stuff" for just a few dollars, its like a treasure hunt going through them when I get them home. Last year I purchased a huge box of kits for $3 from a moving sale. It was packed full to almost bursting with alllll kinds of kits. I'm working on a hand embroidered pillow case doll now. They sell for about $12-$15 dollars through Annie's Attic, and a few other mail order companies. I'm using some of the bed sheets I got at the same sale to make more pillow cases. Once I have the hand work done and can cut the pieces apart I'm going to make a pattern so I can make more of them for gifts.

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    can I become a four-some in your sales???? :lol: :lol:

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