Thought for a lifetime

Einstein made the very important observation that " Imagination is more important than knowledge ".

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Hunt for Treasures...

I can't believe I've reached a time in my life when I can pretty much buy whatever I want, within reason. Somehow that makes paying alot for items boring. Anyone can order out of a catalog or pay full price, so I've really gotten addicted to the hunt for the elusive bargain. This is especially true for sewing supplies and books because many are no longer available. I've amassed a nice collection of vintage sewing books and funky, functional supplies.
Here are my top five locations I like to scout;
#5 Friends of the Library bookstores
#4 Assistance League thrift stores
#3 Garage sales
#2 Church rummage sales
#1 Estate sales
And today I chanced upon a treasure trove at a very small, picked over estate sale. Check out what I bought inside this box...


The estate sale had begun at 7:30am and it was already 11am so I didn't have high hopes. However I immediately spied a box with the brand new seam roll, pressing mitt and pattern weights so my hopes soared. Then it was a treasure hunt that yielded the funky collapsible tailor block, sleeve board and buttonhole guide. Inside the home on top of a sold television were the three sewing books and curved ruler. My arms were literally full and I'm thinking how much I should offer for all the items...would the sellers possibly go as low as $20?????
The next of kin of the deceased seamstress were thrilled that someone who sewed had gathered up all the sewing items. After some friendly chit chat they said I could have it all for... ( are you ready ) FIVE FREAKIN' BUCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOLD


This tailor block that folds up flat is probably from the 1960s and it is AMAZING! It has a dozen nooks and cranies to press points, concave & convex curves, straight seams, etc. It was in the box, brand new with directions. I can't even put a price on how cool it is ( only to people that sew of course ). In 1960's terminology this is far-out groovy!!!!