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Thread: Thrift Store Shopping--are you picky in what you buy?

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    Senior Member olebat's Avatar
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    Kinda picky here. Even with true vintage fabric, I still want usable threads with color or patterns that I think will have appeal. I sometimes get donations (for 4-H use)of fabrics which I would pass by. I let the kids practice their stitches on these fabrics rather than have a possible mess up on something they really like - which would make them feel bad. I must say, however, that I have passed up some grays and browns which I regretted a year later.

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    I have to see a project in mind or something that I am already working on before I will buy the fabric.

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    We recently moved to our area six months ago and I have found that our thrift stores don't have much in the way of fabric. In SoCal there was one store I loved to go to because I could find pieces that were yards and yards. I would buy it if I thought I might have a use for it in the near future and the price was good. Up in NorCal I find the pieces too small for much of anything other than a scrappy (of which I'm not a big fan to put together 'cause I like "order") and the prices are sometimes quite outrageous. Sometimes I find great bargains on zippers but most of the time those are priced too high as well ($1.39 for a 7" zipper that was "donated"). So, I guess even though I am picky, the stores have helped me be even more picky. I always forget to look at the sheets for backing fabric.

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    Love your cathedral quilt! Recently bought a book to do one but have another quilt on the quilting frame that is for hubby so I have to finish it and then go from there. how long did it tke you to complete???

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    Hesitate and it's gone! If you really like it, snap it up!

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    i try to get only fabrics i like......and those i can use for quilting.

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    I have found some great buys at thrift stores....I am particularly drawn to sheets and pillow cases!! Pillow cases are great ways to build your stash...and the ones I've found are good quality!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by erblet
    I have found some great buys at thrift stores....I am particularly drawn to sheets and pillow cases!! Pillow cases are great ways to build your stash...and the ones I've found are good quality!!
    I have bought one really fun pillowcase at a thrift shop to use in a quilt...I guess I will have to look for more!

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    i am choosy as to what i buy at thrift stores or any store

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    I have found some great buys at thrift stores. I found batting on the bolt for $1.50, there was at least 6 yards on it. I also found spiderman x2 on bolts for the same price. Looked like someone had good intentions of making a quilt. That was my best find.

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    Yesterday I found 6 yards of cotton material in kind of an African pattern that I will use for backing for $3.95!!! I make charity quilts, many of which are jungle prints, so it works fine for me. It is colorful enough it would also look good in small pieces in a quilt. Quite a find!

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