On Wednesday last week Kelli, my daughter, called me and asked for some help. Her boys, Eli and Emmett were sick and not feeling good. They still get ear infections even though they have tubes in their ears. She didn’t have someone to watch Georgia so she could take the boys. I offered to meet her, take Georgia and do my errands.
Of course, for me, errands means stopping at the thrift store. I have a friend I buy linens and cross stitch pieces for. I bought these for her. All so cute/pretty. My favorite is the Sunbonnet Sues with the chickens. I have to admit the pig one was pretty funny.
I found some embroidery blocks that I will pass on to Jazz. She loves embroidery and loves using it for making baby quilts that she makes for the hospital. I was especially excited about… the race car blocks as finding boy embroidery isn’t the easiest.
I bought this in hopes of eventually finishing a cross-stitch piece on it. I will cover up the center area with the wine bottles.
My real jackpot was hitting up Goodwill.
I got this 4 1/2 yard piece of T-shirt fabric. I’ll be sending this to Carolyn who makes the wonderful baby gowns, T-shirts, and other goodies for the Lutheran World Relief baby care kits. It was $4.
I bought so many sheets. I never find this many sheets. I bought all of these and will pass them to my friend that makes diapers and receiving blankets with them for Lutheran World Relief baby care kits. Sheets there are only $2 each. So much good can come from this allotment. I’m so glad I found them.
I picked up a vintage sheet for my daughter Kayla. She collects them and sells them in her Etsy shop.
I also got this stack of sheets and homemade curtains. These are all $2 each too. These I will use for quilt backings. The curtains are made of 100% cotton fabric which is quilt shop quality fabric. I’ll just pull the hems out, sew them together and make a quilt backing. I’ve regularly bought homemade curtains and reused the fabric. It works great.
Here they are all laid out. I think the colors are great. My pile of sheets for backing is pretty tall so I am going to put these with the others and then pull some and pass them to the Cresco Ladies. For those of you who missed it, I wrote a blog post about how I use sheets for backing quilts. You can find that HERE.
Even though my sheet stack is pretty tall I keep buying them when I find them. I’ve noticed in general I don’t find them as often. So many people have moved away from 100% cotton sheets and buy silky ones instead…so the cotton ones aren’t at the thrift store. Plus, the Cresco Ladies never complain when I send them sheets. It’s a way I can help their group without putting a lot of my money into it. I love that I can do that.
I was SUPER excited to find the yellow curtain fabric. Check out the polka dot…that would work great for the backing for the Iowa Hawkeyes quilt I’m making…so would the yellow gingham or the white and black. None of them would be bad choices. I’ll be keeping all of them for sure as I have in mind to make another Iowa Hawkeyes quilt and a John Deere quilt to donate so the sheets/curtains would work great for that too.
A lot of people don’t have as good of luck as I do at the thrift store. I think part of that is due to me looking for so many people. Notice that I bought things for my:
friend for Lutheran World Relief
blog reader who makes the gowns
my friend who collects cross stitch and linens
Jazz who loves embroidery
the Cresco Ladies
I was also shopping for my whole family…that’s why I always find stuff. I’m shopping for so many people!!
It was a great thrifty day!! I hope to hit another jackpot on another day!!