Category Archives: Thrift Finds

Stash Report

Kalissa and I were out one day.  It’s been kind of fun that she’s been on maternity leave.  We have so much more time together.  I’m getting spoiled.  I’m going to miss this once she’s back to work full time.

We, of course, hit up the thrift store.  See that HUGE comforter plastic bag.  It was filled with fabric all of $6.

I was sure I would donate a lot it to community quilters in my area but here were a few things I was interested.  Stay tuned and I’ll show you what….

These two pieces weren’t part of the $6 bag.  They were 50 cents each…3 yards in the bundle on the left and 5 yards on the one on the right.  GREAT deal.

I got a few other things….blank cards to write thank you notes.  As of the writing of this post, I am all caught up on my thank yous.  I’m out of blank card though.  I buy and use a lot of them.

The cookbook will go in the antique booth and the straw trivet will go to Kayla.  She started collecting them.

So now for that HUGE bag of fabric….These I am keeping to frame cross stitch pieces…

The yellow pieces are 3 yards worth.  The others are about 1/2 yard each.

I’ve started collecting for MacKinac Straits quilt by Bonnie Hunter.  I haven’t nailed down colors but these have potential.

This fabric was fun and funky.  I love it… Continue reading

Stash Report

I saw in my Facebook feed that one of the local thrift stores was having a bag sale.  Hmm.  I wiggled and worked and wiggled and worked some more to be able to justify a trip to town.  Wednesday as Hubby and I were traveling home from Lacrosse and coming into Decorah, I considerately said, “Hey Kramer…I know you’re tired and groggy from you surgery.  I know we were supposed to get groceries but how about I just pick them up on Saturday instead?”  Tricky of me right??  He agreed.

So Saturday I went to town.

YES.  There is a shopping cart under my pile of shirts.  It was a bag sale so it was $5 for 10 clothing pieces.

Can you believe I found 40 clothing items.  In my defense…One item was for layettes, 2 were shirts for Kramer, 2 shirts were for me and one for Carver.

When I got home…I started doing this…. Continue reading

Garage Sale Bliss

Cresco had their city wide garage sales a bit ago.  The sales started on Thursday.  Kalissa was chopping at the bit to go so I offered to watch Carver but told her if she found something good to let me know.  Well a short while later I got a message.  “You would love this sale.  Is there anything you want?”

Well I was in the middle of childcare…

Ho-hum.  I couldn’t really see a lot from the pictures.   Totes…


More totes…sheets I think.

More totes but what is it?

Cooking books oh wait, quilt books too.

Another tote…


I ended up calling Kalissa and asking what was in the pictures.  Then see said, “Don’t you see those tables of fabric…and the totes of fabric…and the quilting books…and the embroidery stuff and the sheets.”  Oh…that’s what it was.  Then Kalissa said she has totes of quilt tops that were $20 to $40 depending on the size.

Oh my…and I was stuck doing childcare!  Kalissa asked if they would stay open later and I could come after I was done with childcare.  They said yes so after childcare was done, I went. Continue reading

The Rag Bags

I was at Goodwill last week.  I was shopping my usual rounds…check for childcare toys….check for sheets for charity quilts…check for fabric and anything else that might be interesting.  As I made the rounds towards the fabric I saw a could rag bags.  Hmm.  Since I’ve been doing so much work in the garage cleaning and sprucing up auction and thrifted finds, I’ve used many of our rags.  I thought I’d take a look and see what was there.  I debated…which bag looked better.  I really only needed one.  The bags were $5 each…not bad for all the rags in there…

Then I looked closer at the bags.  The bag on the right had lots of receiving blankets in it.  Kayla uses them for her Lutheran World Relief Layette project.  Hmm.. Wait.  Check the other bag out.  There are embroidered towels in there.

I ended up buying them both….

I was so excited to get them home.  Through the bag with embroidered things in it I could see there were embroidered dish towels in there as I could see one with a day of the week on it.  Do you think there might be a whole set in the bag….oh if there was, wouldn’t that be a find.  WOW…it’s all I could think about all the way home.

The second I got home I grabbed the two bags and ran into the house…I wanted to know what was int here.  I opened the bag….this is what I found…. Continue reading