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    Senior Member bgullett's Avatar
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    I keep watching my thrift stoers too. So far nothing, but one day I know I will hit the jackpot!

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    I got some great quilting books at the thrift shop!

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    I'm like a kid in the candy store when I get in a thrift store, and
    I always find lots of fabric, then I have to go buy more plastic tubs just to put it all in,love my treasure hunting :D :D

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    I have found some quilting fabrics at thrift stores but not always. Did get a good deal last week. There was a basket of fat quarters and they were only 50 cents each. And to make the deal even better everything in the store was 35% off. I got 20 fat quarters for $6.50.

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    I went last Sat. to one nearby and found 17 Civil War Blocks, unsewn, each in their package, but all in a larger plastic bag - all for $3. Matching gold print for borders was $2. I hit 2 other ones and usually find fabric or small quilts. One I hit in the Lancaster, Pa. area always has fabric and I hit that one last month, got enough to make 2 Civil War quilts in the blues and browns. Then hit a Quilt store in the area and they had the Bonnie Blues and Windham for $2.59 a yard and spent another $75. Now I am going to the AQS quilt show in Lancaster and probably will not find any fabric that I like as well. I do a Show and Tell with my Goodwill and thrift store finds at our local quilt club. It really pays to go and I enjoy it a lot.

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    I buy only new fabric and cotton only. You can buy some good fabric at some thrift stores. The one I go to is mostly donations from churches and townspeople, so sometimes when people die, they leave new fabric behind.

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    I find some great stuff. Recently found a bunch of bags of what I thought were orphan blocks (400 of them), as it turns out they were all hand sewn with feed sack material and ended up being worth a small fortune.

    Thrift stores rock! :)
    -L

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjomomma
    I make quilts with them!! Always wash them as soon as you get them home, you never know what sort of home they have been in.
    Me too!

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    Don't find fabric but fund lots of pretty dishes there to put samples of the recipies into, to give away as gifts.

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    I love thrift stores.We call them op (opportunity) shops here.
    I never find any quilting fabric,but have fun looking for lots of other goodies.My niece has just written a book about the op shops in our area.

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    I forgot to mention that my quilts are pretty much small doll size! They are for my antique dolls, and so much fun to make.

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    Before I wash anything from a thrift store, if it can be put in the clothes dryer, I dump the whole lot in as soon as I get it home. With the bed bug epidemic, it pays to be careful. Anything that is in those finds will be killed by the heat of the dryer. And if there is animal dander or hair, it will be swept down the chute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mygirl66
    There are alot of cotton mens/womens clothing that makes great fabric for quilts, you just have to poke around a bit, like a treasure hunt.
    Oooooh, that's a very interesting idea. I volunteer for a charity here in Georgetown, Texas that includes a thrift shop. I manage their Facebook page. It would be fun to look for used clothes that I could make into a quilt, and then auction off the quilt and donate the money back to The Caring Place.

    I'm getting ahead of myself here, since I haven't done any quilt at all yet. :lol: But it's a very fun idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrendaY
    I forgot to mention that my quilts are pretty much small doll size! They are for my antique dolls, and so much fun to make.
    Brenda, I am really intrigued by miniature quilts. I read an article about them once, and I thought I might try one some day. I thought that could be a hobby that travels well. You could sew by hand so you didn't have to worry about taking the machine with you.

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    Another thought on this is to foundation/paperpiece your quilt top. I find it's the ONLY way that I can get the corners to come out right...

    My latest fun hobby is miniature items for my dollhouse. There is a fantastic online Free miniatures magazine where I can browse even their archived past issues... and all for FREE! Just discovered this yesterday and can't tear myself away from it yet.

    http://www.artisansinminiature.com/index.html

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    Only one time did I find any fabric in a thrift store and it really wasn't a thrift store, it was for needy people, but they did sell things to the public.

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    I haven't had a lot of luck finding nice fabrics but I did find a huge cutting mat. Can't remember the brand since I'm not at home for now. It's too lg. for my cutting table so I'll get creative & figure out some use for it.

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    My friend and I went to a local thrift shop today and I bought a beautiful crocheted blue and white rectangular doily that will make a real pretty throw for one of my antique doll cradles. I'm so happy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lisalovesquilting
    I shop thrift stores 2-3 times a year with my niece. She goes every month. A lot of you all on here post your fabric finds. So what do you do with these fabrics? Maybe I should go more often to see what I can find?
    Hoard mostly-----------I do use some, but mostly hoard!

    Then look for more.

    (getting to be an addiction!)

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    I too never seem to find good fabric at thrift shops although I've found some lovely wool pieces. I go through the clothing a bit but don't have the patience to go through all the rows and rows available. It's a fun time out and does give one great ideas for new projects. Maybe I'm just the late one meaning others got there before me for all the goodies. I have found lovely silk threads, beautiful sheets and various accessories that I was pleased to find. I'm happy for anyone that makes those great finds.

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    I have never found fabric at the thrift stores in my area. My sis in Georgia finds it all the time. Maybe here because there are so many estate sales held by professionals. I have found fabric at those but it isn't always cheap.

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