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    Post Treasures found at thrift store...

    I went by local thrift store (haven't been in a very long time). I go look for sheets, pillowcases, material. Well, I found a cute pillowcase $.49 (in green swirl), a panel for a frog $.99 (I will cut out pieces for little 1/2 squares, whatever I can salvage, greens, reds, blacks, red plaid), 1 yd of yellow $.69 & best find yet--- a 3- tiered skirt of valentine theme, bet there's 2 or 3 yrds there $.99.... They have reasonable prices. money goes to Association of Retarded Citizens...
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    Love it when we're able to find such bargins.
    Also love it when we're able to take someone's throw-aways and make something of them.

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    ​I love a good thrift store day! Congratulations!

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    Great finds!

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    You did well! Thrift stores here have gotten so popular that the pricing is not so thrifty anymore.

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    Thrift stores around here don't have fabrics. Not stuff in very good condition. I have so much fabrics, I really don't need to buy more.
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    I get real excited and happy when I find a deal like this. Have fun and show us a picture.
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    I agree with many of the thifrt store prices...they are going up and I find many items more expensive than a brand new item in the store. I miss the days when thifting was not popular...the prices were so much cheaper.

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    pickins are slim and prices ridiculous at many thrift stores in my area. (Some things less expensive at wal-mart) congrats on the find

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    I go on days when the clothes are 1/2 off. Skirts have plenty of fabric in them. For speciality prints check out uniform tops. Large sizes yield more than enough to add to a scrappy quilt. Want plaids Mens shirts. Denim, I just got a few extra large jeans for 1.50. I take the fabric and give the zippers to my massage therapist . She makes the zipper bracelets. I don't see a lot of fabric anymore in thrift stores. Matteress covers not often but when I find them they are good for the filler in crate pads for dogs. I haven't bought sheets yet since most are not cotton but if I find any with the tag "organic cotton" I will grab them. They won't go into any fancy quilts I make but for dogs blankets and couch quilts they are just fine.

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    Congrats on the finds. I go to the GW boutique occasionally to look but have not found much lately. I usually donate to the local church thrift store as they give clothes away if someone needs them, instead of selling them.

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    I buy newborn clothes and shoes for my dolls at the thrift stores. Lots of them are brand new because the babies grow too fast to use the "newborn" size. I'd rather shop at the thrift store than shop at regular stores. It's the thrill of the find.
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    I do well at one thrift store. They have 1/2 off every couple of weeks. They get donations of new stuff from deapartment stores. I got flannel sheet sets that I use for backing on quilts. I have made a couple of denim quilts from jeans I have picked up. The largest sizes have the lowest prices, and the most fabric. I made a rag quilt from shirts. I look for high end brands, as the quailty is wonderful. Nothing like having Ralph Lauren, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljptexas View Post
    I went by local thrift store (haven't been in a very long time). I go look for sheets, pillowcases, material. Well, I found a cute pillowcase $.49 (in green swirl), a panel for a frog $.99 (I will cut out pieces for little 1/2 squares, whatever I can salvage, greens, reds, blacks, red plaid), 1 yd of yellow $.69 & best find yet--- a 3- tiered skirt of valentine theme, bet there's 2 or 3 yrds there $.99.... They have reasonable prices. money goes to Association of Retarded Citizens...
    If you're willing to spend time with a seam ripper, there are treasures at thrift stores. One thing I passed up in December was a deep red velvety duvet cover for $10. A bit over my junker budget----------but it would have been a good buy for fabric.
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    I do a lot of charity sewing. I have great luck picking up pretty sheets to make the Princess Pillowcase dresses. I often pick up odd sewing supplies like bias tape etc. which I can use for the dresses.

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    I think my two best thrift stores finds were 13 yards of 90 wide unbleached excellent quality muslin for 4.00 and old quilting mags for 20 cents each. I have picked up lots of odds and ends of fabric as well----always for just a little.
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    Forgot----buy all my books there for reading-----50 cents for paperbacks and 1.00 hard covers. I love to read and find some very good ones there. I probably have enough to keep me in reading until the end of time!
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    GREAT job!!! Love days like this.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by damaquilts View Post
    I go on days when the clothes are 1/2 off. Skirts have plenty of fabric in them. For speciality prints check out uniform tops. Large sizes yield more than enough to add to a scrappy quilt. Want plaids Mens shirts. Denim, I just got a few extra large jeans for 1.50. I take the fabric and give the zippers to my massage therapist . She makes the zipper bracelets. I don't see a lot of fabric anymore in thrift stores. Matteress covers not often but when I find them they are good for the filler in crate pads for dogs. I haven't bought sheets yet since most are not cotton but if I find any with the tag "organic cotton" I will grab them. They won't go into any fancy quilts I make but for dogs blankets and couch quilts they are just fine.
    What is a zipper bracelet?

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    I love going to thrift shops...I am always looking for pillowcases for making Pillowcase dresses for Dress a Girl Around the World...I have bought plain shirts, 100% wool shirts and sweaters, and other items...usually try to buy when they are on special. I also do buy books, cd's and movies...such a great price compared to the regular stores. You have to go regularly if you are really looking for certain things. There is pleasure in the hunt and joy when a treasure is found.

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    I've been picking up mattress pads at estate sales. I figure I can kill anything on them with a heavy bleach wash. I like a nice heavy quilt, so I use the mattress pads for batting. I can usually get one for less than $5. - way cheaper than batting! Easy to quilt since they're already quilted, and the quilts have that nice heavy weight that I love to snuggle under!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HillCountryGal View Post
    Love it when we're able to find such bargins.
    Also love it when we're able to take someone's throw-aways and make something of them.
    Our thtift stores have so over priced everything that you can add and extra buck or two and go to Joanns, or for clothing at JC Penneys, Macies (sale) TJ Max, etc. So why not buy new rather than used at that price?
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    I find the prices much higher than they used to be. I never find any fabric in my local thrift shops.

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    I make string blocks and usually use calico (muslin) for the foundation. This past week I purchased a pair of long curtains and two sheets (all cotton) for $5 plus two metres of a boy's print quilting material for $4. Very rare to find cotton sheets around here.

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    I always love to hear what people find at thrift stores and garage sales. I haven't had any luck at thrift stores in my area.

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