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    Question Vintage thread spools?

    Hello!

    I did treat myself to a vintage machine yesterday! Lots of old (old!) notions and I am a bit at a loss as to what to do with them. Mostly I am puzzled by the thread. All of it is on wooden spools, and the few spools I 'tested' broke with a decent tug. I would be afraid to try to actually use the thread, but I can't just chunk them!

    Some coats and clark, some JP coats. Lily, American Eagle. Most of them say 'boilfast'. Many are 'mercerized'. I think most are cotton; a few spools do say cotton wrapped polyester, and one is clearly marked 'nylon'.

    Are they collectibles at all? If my house were larger and I were 'arty' I would try to display some of them, but . . . That is just not practical for me!

    Any ideas? Suggestions?

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    Hello Lara, my first suggestion is to not throw them away! Depending on how many you have, you could place them in a large jar by your sewing area. Lots of people use them to display in many different ways. Some make them into useable gadgets. If you have 'little ones', they make cute crafty toys (strings removed). Maybe even make a castle! If you really do not want them anymore, you could trade or sell them here, or find a teacher who would like them. Teachers are usually looking for stuff for classrooms. Have fun whatever you decide! (I've got some in a large jar and they just remind me of older times.)

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    I see old wooden spools of thread at a lot of yard sales. They aren't worth much but many like them for decorations. I have a big glass canister filled with old wooden thread spools, some with thread on them from my grandmother. It's pretty to look at and preserves the vintage items. If they hadn't been my grandmothers I wouldn't have kept them. My DGD when small would use them as building blocks or string them together with yard.
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    My kids are older, so no dice there. I don't have a sewing 'area' at all. I take over the kitchen table, and island usually. My fabric is on an industrial shelf in my kitchen, and in mismatched plastic storage units, also in my kitchen. My new red eye treadle is in my bedroom, replacing the alarm clock table!

    My house is SO small!! and messy. =/. it is definitely not 'decorated-able'!!

    I would be glad to send them on if anyone here collects them! They are in great shape, and the ones with lots of thread on them are in beautiful colors!!

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    I love wooden spools...I decorate my sewing room with them.

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    They look lovely in baskets too! I bought a pattern for a thread cabinet. The door is 36 by 36 and has plexy glass in it. The out side edges of the door has wooden yard sticks around it and the knob to open the door is an old wooden spool.

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    I have a lot of wooden spools of thread that my sweet 86 yr. old Mother gave me. I keep them and use them to look at and enjoy. I do not actually use the thread.
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    They used to sell lamps with empty glass bases to fill with whatever. A lamp is always useful. Mine are in blue/turquoise canning jars. The silk twist I use in decorative stitches crazy quilting. The thread is just for looks.

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    I donated mine to our guild & a member purchased them at our "garage" sale for $15. (she has a treadle machine in her entrance way & displayed them on it.) Just yesterday I was at a consignment store & saw a baggie of them for $10. I had been saving them because of sentimental reasons but wasn't displaying them, so was happy someone else could give them a home

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    I also have a vintage blue canning jar filled with old wooden spools of thread in assorted colors. It is closed with an old zinc lid. It's very attractive.

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    I have some in a big glass jar i got at WalMart. They are starting to overrun my sewing room..so thinking of either starting a garland with beads inbetween to spread them out. or I have seen a nifty wreath. Try looking on Pinterest for ideas. DON"T THROW THEM AWAY!! I will buy them from you if you dont' want to keep them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lara122 View Post
    My kids are older, so no dice there. I don't have a sewing 'area' at all. I take over the kitchen table, and island usually. My fabric is on an industrial shelf in my kitchen, and in mismatched plastic storage units, also in my kitchen. My new red eye treadle is in my bedroom, replacing the alarm clock table!

    My house is SO small!! and messy. =/. it is definitely not 'decorated-able'!!

    I would be glad to send them on if anyone here collects them! They are in great shape, and the ones with lots of thread on them are in beautiful colors!!
    i would love to have them. i have a dedicated sewing room and have other jars of buttons and spools on display.

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    My mom is 86 and has given me some old spools. I have them as a keepsake. Mom mentioned they use to cut them in half and use them as cabinet pulls. Waste nothing. I got a vintage dresser and do just that. Varnished the ends so the thread company still showed.

    I moved and couldn't take the furniture with me... But love the idea and will do it again.

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    I've seen them made into Christmas ornaments. Not sure what to do with them, hate to toss them. I never got around to putting them in the base of the lamp I bought to fill with seashells. Seashells are still sitting in the box- for 5 years. Wonder what the next plan will be for the lamp?

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    I have had so many lovely responses, wishing for the spools. Before I tell who is first, would you (anyone?) want to share them around, or *if* you were the winner, would you want them all?

    I will tell you that I am SO broke, I would have to have help with shipping. If I already have envelopes, that is no problem. Hopefully I won't have to buy them! because I am . . . . broke!!!

    I need to go count them!! ;0) It is probably two double handfuls!

    thoughts?

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    you can sell them at a consignment shop...that is where i buy mine. I pay 10.00 a jar full.

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    Wooden spools

    Quote Originally Posted by happyquiltmom View Post
    I also have a vintage blue canning jar filled with old wooden spools of thread in assorted colors. It is closed with an old zinc lid. It's very attractive.
    I also have many wooden spools, some with thread, more without. I don't see with the old thread, but have found it works for basting and is easy to remove.

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    Lara122,
    There are a number of cute "snowman" Christmas ornaments on Pinterest that are made from wooden spools. If you have the time, energy, and interest, I'll bet you could make some salable ornaments from them.

    Most of all, I hope you get some $ out of them. Sounds like you'd appreciate that.

    Best wishes!!!
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    I had a very old square empty herring jar and I filled it with old spools from an elderly friend. I gave them to my DIL who is also a quilter. She has them on display and they are delightful to look at.
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