Thrifty Finds

Sometimes when I go to the thrift store, I can’t believe my finds.

LONG ago, I bought a pattern to make this wool applique piece you see below.  I’ve purged stuff from my sewing room and moved twice since I originally bought the pattern.  I still just never made it.  I always thought I didn’t have a good place to display it.  I didn’t know what to use for background fabric.  There were so many things holding me back.  Then I found it at the thrift store…all finished and all perfect…and only $3…and the hanger was included.  I was so happy.

Here is the saying.  I love it!!


…and remember my fear of not having a place for it.  I have it here… hanging on my door to the basement.


I found some other goodies including a quilt-lined flannel shirt for Buck for $2.  He’s terrible about buying clothes for himself…and I’m not good about knowing his style or preference.  Being it was like new and only $2, I figured he’d wear it for work if nothing else.  He ended up wearing it around the house while he was here over the weekend.

Kayla was sweet and picked up some men’s shirts at her thrift store.  They have a bag sale every now and then and Kayla threw these in for me.  AWESOME.  It’s been a long time since I bought shirts at the thrift store as they have raised prices and I really was “full” with shirts but I’ve been using some lately so I thought I’d tell Kayla that if she saw some to pick them up.


When I went to take Izzy to the groomer, I stopped at a “new to me” thrift store.  I had Anders with me so it was a little topsy-turvy.  He was good but ended up needing to eat so my visit was cut short.  But, it didn’t stop me from grabbing a few things.  I got the cross-stitch alphabet chart for 10 cents.  I also got some perforated paper.  I know several people on Flosstube have been doing some stitching on perforated paper and I thought to try it but didn’t even know where to find it.  They ended up having this vintage pack at the thrift store for $2.  I didn’t think it was much of a deal because the original label says $2.29.  I really wasn’t saving any money.


Then I came home and WOW.  I check on Amazon.  It was $9.92.  You can find it HERE. They changed the logo but other than that…it’s the same thing.  I hope to try cross-stitching with this someday.


When I went to pick up my foster pup Bianca I stopped at the thrift stores.  It’s about impossible for me to go to town and not stop at a thrift store.

I picked this up at Goodwill.  I love these totes for when I make cinnamon rolls.  I’ve had two previously and through much wear, both have broke.  I wanted this for the container but then I saw the label that said sewing stuff.  Hmm.

This is what was inside.


This is what I ended up keeping.  I told you in another post that I did some silk ribbon embroidery when the kids were little.  I’m hoping to make something for my granddaughter at some point.


I bought this frame.  I almost didn’t as I can’t cut it down.

The reason I can’t cut it down…these amazing corners!!  I probably wasted $3 as I likely won’t find something that will fit in here.  Hmm.  I sure like the frame though.


I bought this frame.  It was only $1.  I can cut it down to fit a cross-stitch piece.


I bought these two boxes.  I have something in mind for them.  I can’t wait to share it with you.  It’s coming soon I hope.  The duck one was $2 and the other was $3.

My best find of the day was something that cost $5.  It’s kind of funny.  I went to the thrift store, walked in the door and my daughter Kelli was there.  We were talking and then all of sudden like a magnet, I stopped mid-conversation and rudely walked over and grabbed this off the shelf.  Kelli was all confused by me as that is not typical me at all.

Do you want to see what made me act so rudely??  THIS!!

It’s an old sewing cabinet.


There is a nice drawer at the bottom…

…and the top spins like this.  It holds spools of thread.  Oh my.  I love this piece.  It needs a little updo and I’ll take you along on the journey as I give it a little pick me up.


Kalissa saw it and said, “Mother.  Where are you going to put that?”

She knows me too well.  I have so many little cabinets and drawers.  I just can’t say not to them.

So that’s my thrifting over the last few weeks.  I can’t wait to get started on fixing my sewing cabinet!!

24 thoughts on “Thrifty Finds”

  1. Jo, I get excited when I see the title of the post includes the word ‘thrifty’ haha. It’s always interesting to see what you’ve found!

  2. Love the sewing cabinet! Not only would I have stopped mid- conversation if I spotted it but, may have pushed people aside to get to it. Just kidding (maybe). Great thrift finds!

    1. I was thinking the same thing. I believe you have to do it on a regular bases to know the good shops and the good days.

  3. I believe the duck box used to hold two decks of playing cards. My grandparents had one and the cards were in there. Many memories.

  4. Judith Fairchild

    Oh those thrift finds! I love the things you found especially the last cabinet. Wow what a piece of solid joy. I guess I’m going to have to do more thrift shopping. Last time I was in one I found a jumper in my size that fit me and was nearly perfect. It was a little pricey like $10.00.
    But so good.

  5. Back in the day when I did a lot of cross stitch, I stitched bookmarks on the perforated paper. Just an idea for something you could do as a special gift to your grandkids. A number of them will start reading soon. The paper was hard to find back then, I thought it was discontinued. Of course back than I didn’t even have internet so shopping on line wasn’t an option.

  6. Carolyn Sands

    Lisa Bongean from Primitive Gatherings talked about this same wallhanging yesterday on her Live With Lisa YouTube video. She said that the verse was found written on a concentration camp wall. I believe she designed the pattern as well. Its amazing!

  7. Hi Jo –
    Funny you should find that wool picture with the sunflower and crow. I just saw that on Lisa Bongean’s video. The pattern is I Believe and the saying was found on a concentration camp wall. I couldn’t stop thinking about it after I heard that. I might have to make it.
    * This is from the Primitive Gatherings website description of the I Believe pattern:
    14” x 30”, Wool appliqué with stitchery ,
    Lisa bought a framed piece that had this saying on a piece of old quilt layered with an old embroidered hanky with these words stitched on the hanky. No signature, so she doesn’t know who made it or who the author is. Stitchery Reads: I believe in the sun even when it does not shine.
    I believe in love even when I do not feel it. I believe in God even when He is silent.
    **If you want to see where she mentions the concentration camp it’s – on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8iUw4RdnWE It’s at 18:35.

    1. Hi, Joyce.
      Thank you for sharing the source of the quote and the link to the video. It makes the quote even more meaningful. Thanks for sharing.

  8. That sewing cabinet it fantastic!!! Good for you. Love the wall hanging. Now you know why you never made it.

  9. Oh such great finds! I really like the little sewing chest (I have a sewing rocker with a little drawer that swings out to hold thread, etc.) and I know when you finish its updo, it will look great. The frame is pretty too. You will just need to make the right project to fit it.

  10. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

    How big is the frame you can’t cut down. Instead of cutting it down make something to fit the frame. Just a thought. Sure wish we had thrift stores like you do.

  11. Teresa from Port Coquitlam, BC

    How big is the frame that has the beautiful corners. Make something to fit the frame and the problem is solved

  12. So glad you found the sunflower appliqué. It’s simply beautiful. Thanks for showing us the sewing cabinet, too.

  13. Such great finds!!! I love thrift stores, but in our area the prices are 3 times what you find in your area. I wish I lived closer to you. LOL

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