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    Trash To Treasure

    I'm really interested in hearing if any of you are like me, I love to repurpose and reuse garage sale or flea market items in my sewing room. Would love to hear your ideas!

    i needed to raise a thrift store table to make a cutting table. Instead of running out to the store to get bed elevator things or whatever they are - I went out in the garage and got 4 paint cans. Lol worked great!!!
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

    Susan

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    I got a mauve kitchen counter "thingy" that spins and has lots of holes in it for utensils from a yard sale. It now sits on my sewing table holding all my pens, pencils, scissors, etc. I also got a wooden shadow box that had plexiglass on it. It now is on my wall, minus the plexiglass, and holds my mid-arm threads and pins. I have 2 lawyers bookcases (1 from an estate sale and 1 from Craigslist) that hold most of my fabrics. Oh and DH brought home 2 plexiglass storage cabinets from the store he works at. They have locks on them. I put pretty paper on the shelves and store my extra rotary cutters and scissors in them on my sewing table (keeps the grandkids safe).

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    I bought a large silverware storage tray (like you would put in a drawer) and use it for loose spools of thread, my scissors, seam ripper, etc. on the table next to my machine. I can pick up everything at one time if necessary.
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    I got a library table (extremely study) at an auction for $65. We cut a hole in it, and recessed my machine. Hadn't sewn with a "built in" for 25 years, and forgot how GREAT it is!

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    the whole sewing room...lol

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    Lol love these answers, thank you!!

    I have a cutting table from Hancock fabrics. The whole huge cutting table that they used in the store. When they closed the store they had it sitting outside marked 25 bucks, they told me just to take it no charge. Awesome!! However the thing weighed a TON thought hubby and my boys were going to lose it taking it to my sewing area in the basement.

    Alas when I gave up that area for the Steeler man cave they refused to carry it up two flights of steps, Imagine that. We use it now in the bar area it has two huge deep shelves - great for storage!
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

    Susan

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    Hehehe I'm a thrift store junkie. I made curtains for my daughters bedroom out of a hot pink and zebra sheet I picked up at Goodwill! Plus I have leftover I'm going to use for applique pillows!
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    I have orphaned treadle drawers on my table and they hold my scissors, rotary cutters, marking pens and pencils and another one that just seems to be a catch all for lots of things. I have a rolling kitchen cart from IKEA that holds all the supplies for whatever I am currently working on.

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    My sewing table is a 40"x60" mahogany executive desk, that I found at a thrift store for $75. My husband cut a hole for my machine, built a recessed shelf for my machine, and then cut an inset piece to fit around my machine. My cutting table is the sideboard that came from my husbands family, which we used as a buffet for many years, then a changing table when our youngest was born. Now it serves as my cutting table. A place where I used to work had a pressed wood (covered with Formica type stuff) that the legs broke off of. I asked for the top as they were throwing it away. Brought it home, put a piece of the non-skid stuff that you put under rugs on top of the sideboard, then the conference table top, then another piece of non-skid, then my cutting mat....perfect height, perfect depth....lots of storage.
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    Talk about reusing. These are actual pics from my sewing room. LOL

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    OK Bella Boo - you win!!!!

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    When I was young and rather broke, our town had one night a year for each section when people could put out anything they wanted to dispose of. I got a large kitchen worth of cabinets with which I transformed my basement into a fine sewing area. Other people put out carpet, light fixtures, etc. to make it a lovely work area. My Dad and I were regular raiders on those nights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltstringz View Post
    OK Bella Boo - you win!!!!
    Lol I agree!!!!
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

    Susan

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    QM, when I was as nanny in Chicago area there were neighborhoods that did the same thing. when I finally left my family (nanny family) to go out on my own I furnished my whole apartment from alley days!! It was such fun. My hubby and I are still scavengers at our ripe old age!!!
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    Ok lol I confess. I try not to but sometimes at recycling I go dumpster diving. People throw out great books in the hardback book dumpster -- and if its a quilting book -- forget about it!! I'm there
    Never met a scrap of fabric or vintage sewing machine I didn't like!
    Many a lost and lonely vintage machine has found a home with me, 26 and------ uh oh lost count, who is counting anyway!

    Susan

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    I got the bottom of a kitchen cabinet (2 door), used the top of junked entertainment center, covered that with a mattress pad and then teflon fabric from Joanns (the only purchased part) and made the most wonderful quilting iron table. It is large on the top so can hold a lot of pieces or iron large pieces easily. Plus, lots of good storage below!
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    I do have an advantage because my DH is very creative and imaginative. I have many items that are "reused" for a different purpose.

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    I have been doing a lot of thinking about this. I am getting ready to do up a sewing room and a shop for my repairs. I have mainly found cool stuff at the thrift store or stuff we have had around. I picked the trash last week - there was an ironing board with legs that had gone pretzel. I took off the legs and the cover. Then I hung the ironing board on the wall. I haven't figured out if pegs will go in the holes or not but magnets sure do stick. I should paint it up cool some time. For now it is gray. I also found a wood medicine cabinet at a thrift store - it holds tons of stuff. The towel holder holds stuff, too. I use an old sewing table with a Formica sink cut out for my work bench. I look forward to more ideas here!
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    My favorite find is a long dresser without a mirror from Salvation Army. There are drawers on either end. The middle section has two small doors. When the doors are opened, there are three pull out drawers, PERFECT for holding spools of thread. I cleaned it up with furniture polish and new drawer pulls, etc. Then I painted the back of the dresser with the same color paint as the walls, and used 3M hooks for storing rulers, mats and so on. On top of the dresser is the Big Board for ironing. There's lots of storage, and it looks great, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideways View Post
    I'm really interested in hearing if any of you are like me, I love to repurpose and reuse garage sale or flea market items in my sewing room. Would love to hear your ideas!

    i needed to raise a thrift store table to make a cutting table. Instead of running out to the store to get bed elevator things or whatever they are - I went out in the garage and got 4 paint cans. Lol worked great!!!
    HAY!! sideways: Go to the paint store and ask them for new ones{ let them know your are a crafter and they may gave them to you } and put some rock in them. the ones with paint in them will at some point leak and you don't have time to stop and remover paint [will take up to much quilitng time.]. the cans are great idea. my was 4x4's
    Scrapy quilts have more love in them.

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    You can slide plastic pipe over table legs to raise them, too. Much more sturdy than setting the legs on something else.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.
    good mothers let you lick the beaters - great mothers turn it off first

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    If you like the repurpose idea..ya' gotta' watch Flea Market Flip, on HGTV, I believe it's on Friday nights @ 9:00. Check your local TV Guide. It is SEW much fun to watch, & you get good ideas! They make tables, cabinets, etc out of all kinds of neat items!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I have been doing a lot of thinking about this. I am getting ready to do up a sewing room and a shop for my repairs. I have mainly found cool stuff at the thrift store or stuff we have had around. I picked the trash last week - there was an ironing board with legs that had gone pretzel. I took off the legs and the cover. Then I hung the ironing board on the wall. I haven't figured out if pegs will go in the holes or not but magnets sure do stick. I should paint it up cool some time. For now it is gray. I also found a wood medicine cabinet at a thrift store - it holds tons of stuff. The towel holder holds stuff, too. I use an old sewing table with a Formica sink cut out for my work bench. I look forward to more ideas here!
    miriam: try curtin hock [some of the bigger ones that you can binded you kind pull them out and make thread holds ] in your ironing borad.
    Scrapy quilts have more love in them.

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    My sewing table is a 40"x60" mahogany executive desk, that I found at a thrift store for $50 it is L shaped and hubby intends to recess my machine too! wow

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