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    I am soooooooooooooooooooo jealous of you!

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    I loved all the pictures. Thank you!



    Quote Originally Posted by wildyard View Post
    Oh gosh, I can't begin to name everything. At least half my stash; most of the rolling storage drawer carts in my sewing room for $5 or less; most of the orphan squares I have bound and other items I've decorated my walls with; shelves, baskets, other storage containers plastic and otherwise; my desk for $20, already painted and stenciled; the cd holders that hold my FQs; the clock in my sewing room. I know there is much more, I just can't think of it all now. Here are some photos.Attachment 369634 Attachment 369635 Attachment 369636 Attachment 369637

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    I want to find something good at a thrift store too. (mumbled in a very whiney voice)

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    My husband and I love watching Storage Wars on A&E (I think) and HE spotted a box marked knitting and quilting tools before I did. I need to start watching the paper for estate sales to try and pick up supplies that an avid quilter or knitter had that the family can't wait to get rid of! I comb thrift stores around here but don't find many keepers.

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    I was in a thrift store in a few weeks ago, lots of fabric & scraps but gee what they wanted for them I could go to my LQS and buy for the same price. I was kinda shocked at their prices. I don't take the time to go to garage sales, just too busy but that is where I have in the past got great purchases. Really need to do that more. Today I am picking up a machine off craigslist like I need another machine
    I am trying to get into a habit of stopping in the area thrift stores when I travel, but it is usually a time thing for me. Besides I got too much as it is, but who doesn't love a bargain Love reading this post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caswews View Post
    Have ya thought about pawn shops for sewing machines? I saw one on Craigslist for the pawn shop for a Necci Sewing machine for 20.00.
    What a good idea. Thanks!
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    wow, i don't know how y'all find so much good stuff. whenever i go to my two local thrift stores, there is rarely anything sewing related.
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    I found my awesome ironing board (very sturdy metal frame) for .99 cents!!!! I also found my singer stylist 543 there for $24 great deals to be found! Oh also a bolt of Hanna Montana fabric which I will use for Quilts for Kids!

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    Wow!! I am envious of all the wonderful sewing and quilting items you all have found! The only thing I have ever found was a table top ironing board for .99 cents. But to be honest, I don't get to the thrift stores as often as I would like.
    Sherri

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Size:  816.2 KBI usually just drop things off at the Good Will store. But my last drop off I happened to ask if they had any vintage sewing machines? The lady said "Only that one over there" as she pointed behind me and I knew right away that machine was going home with me!! I named her "Grace" and she actually sews!!My dh made that base part with the carved, painted quilted storage area.

    She came in an ugly sewing cabinet and I paid only $62.00 for her!
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    This is my $3 wooden caddy that I repurposed using paper fabric scraps cut from old Hancocks of Paducah catalogs & Mod Podge. It measures 6"x12" and holds my most used cutting tools and pens/pencils.
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    I found a wooden table and 4 chairs for $20. At the time, I only needed the chairs, but now I am glad I took the table, too. It is piled high with projects.
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    I've found lots of baskets in one of my favorite thrift stores. Also found two wooden file cabinets where I'm keeping patterns and notes.
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    Went to a quilt guild show yesterday and came home with an armload of fabric for almost nothing. They had boxes of fabric and patterns that the guild members don't need. I couldn't believe how much was there.
    cindyg19

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    So jealous, guess I need to move to NC!! It's true all the pioneers left behind all the good stuff. I think they still do.
    Quote Originally Posted by kitsykeel View Post
    OK, let's see. All from thrift stores: Singer 401A Tan(50-60s) in cabinet for $30.00; Singer 185J Green (1954) in cabinet for $15.00; Kenmore 158.14300 Tan (1973-4) in cabinet for $30.00; Kenmore 159.262 shuttle Light brown (1987?) for $15.00; Brother VX 847 FREE (they said it didn't work, but it does now); White 45X Brown crinkle finish (1936) in cabinet for $15.00; Universal F/0009 (whatever that is) a blue Japanese Singer 15 clone (I think) in cabinet for $15.00; Morse TZ5 Turquoise for $15.00; Domestic JC7 in cabinet (1972) for $16.00. All of these purchased between January 2012 and June, 2012. Am still on the lookout for a redeye treadle and a 301. Have also purchased many sheets for backing and sometimes for piecing if good quality ($2.00 each), many of them good quality flannel and lots of large pieces of fabrics for $1.00 each. Isn't it fun!!!

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    Many don't know that the 99's & FW's are the same scale. I have 1 FW, and 2- 99's (each in cabinets) that I will need to combine to get just 1 good (99k) machine and cabinet.
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Size:  816.2 KBI usually just drop things off at the Good Will store. But my last drop off I happened to ask if they had any vintage sewing machines? The lady said "Only that one over there" as she pointed behind me and I knew right away that machine was going home with me!! I named her "Grace" and she actually sews!!My dh made that base part with the carved, painted quilted storage area.

    She came in an ugly sewing cabinet and I paid only $62.00 for her!

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    I just picked up 2 packages of 10" squares for $3 each. They are the cheap thin fabric but perfect for foundation sewing! I am so pleases. I use selvedges and these are the perfect backing!
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    I have often found fabulous "fabric" at thrift stores that has already been made up into, what was at one time, expensive clothing! It's easy to cut apart the clothing and remake the pieces into wonderful quilts and craft projects.

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    wow, this topic turned out to be so much fun.........makes me want to go shopping tomorrow just to see what all is there now........I saw a nice Kenmore the other day, for 8.00........another shopper plugged it in, and it ran just fine...everything seemed loose and it was clean..... I was tempted, but I dont really have room for any more........we gotta keep shopping......and that pawn shop idea is really good ! I would never have thought of that............
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    I picked up a sewing table last weekend for $20. It has a recessed spot (with a cover) for the machine, 4 drawers and a cupboard, and the back has a leaf for quilting. I live it! I just need to find a chance to refinish it and add modern hardware so it's prettier and have dh make some inserts to fit my machines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskira View Post
    I picked up a sewing table last weekend for $20. It has a recessed spot (with a cover) for the machine, 4 drawers and a cupboard, and the back has a leaf for quilting. I live it! I just need to find a chance to refinish it and add modern hardware so it's prettier and have dh make some inserts to fit my machines.
    Now THAT'S the kind of bargain I would love to find!! I take stuff to my local GW Store all the time but it's really tiny and all they sell in that branch are books. You guys have inspired me to go a little bit out of my way to the large store "down the road a piece". I haven't been there in years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asimplelife View Post
    This is my $3 wooden caddy that I repurposed using paper fabric scraps cut from old Hancocks of Paducah catalogs & Mod Podge. It measures 6"x12" and holds my most used cutting tools and pens/pencils.
    Now THAT's CLEVER!!! Love it!!



    Love resale shopping but I'm trying very hard to stay out of them now...too much stuff here already. In the past I've purchased sewing machines, storage shelves, sewing machines, quilty tools, sewing machines, cotton shirts, sewing machines, and nice quality sheets (not too thick/not too thin), baskets for storage...oh yes and more sewing machines. Need any sewing machines anyone? Hahahaha!
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    If you are lucky enough to have a Habitat for Humanity Store in your town check them out for storage. I have gotten paint, lighting fixtures and a eautiful antique solid oak door for $6. All I have used in my craft/quilting room.

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    I just sent a singer sewing machine in a plastic case to a lady in SD for her daughter. my sister came up and agreed to take it back with her. now my sick sister from Rapid city is in Mayo clinic so the lady will have to wait to get it til the other sister gets home from Mayo.

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    Found a big bag of 5 1/2 pre cut wool fabrics for $3.00. Great for primitive applique. I love searching for bargains.

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