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Fabric finds on Friday …

My charity shop shopping history goes back a long way …

1st September 1984

… Almost school, still done no homework. Today last minute decision, we went to town. Market – nothing. Spastics Society – bought a white blouse with lace collar and a lovely top with 3/4 sleeves from Chelsea Girl originally! It’s silk and acrylic. Then went to Oxfam and got a grey shirt (Miss Selfridge, an expensive shop) and a school bag. Great day out! Off to wash my hair, why is it always so greasy? …

So, greasy hair aside (that is mostly no longer an issue, thankfully), you can see I have always loved charity shop shopping. I don’t remember the bag but the clothes were gems and I can still feel the thrill of finding them. I don’t get that feeling so often these days, there are plenty of shops but they are full to the brim of cheap supermarket clothes and I often feel disappointed that the treasures are few and far between and the prices (dare I say it?) are a bit high.

Until …

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There is a new charity shop warehouse in town and I cannot contain myself. It sells all the things that the charity shop tried and failed to sell. I find this astounding because look at those fabrics! Barkcloth, cotton and the white pieces are pure cotton sheets, still with the labels and tied in ribbon!

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This barkcloth is making my heart skip a beat and there’s at least 4 metres of it! I know!

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Then there’s this …

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A double duvet which I’m happy to report has washed very well and is waiting in the wings for a project (or bed). Then there was this…

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I’m still grinning with the thrill of my finds, I think I have about 12 metres of fabric here (not including the sheets)! How much did you say? Well, ALL clothing a pound a piece, all linen, a pound a piece. I spent £7 and you can’t get much better than that! Jimmy is mortified and is putting in plans to get me banned.

Have a lovely weekend.

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Bargains and blues …

As you have probably guessed by now, rather than buy new fabrics, I like to make things from fabrics that nobody wants anymore. I do occasionally fall and buy a remnant but try not to go down the buying off the roll route. I don’t really know why I do this, there’s the cost of course (it sort of takes away the enjoyment of making something when you know the fabric cost a lot and you may mess it up!) and the whole ‘green’ thing of recycling, (or is it upcycling?) but it is also very satisfying. I have said all this and suddenly have a picture in my mind of the rose red crepe that is sitting in my basket, but it was end of roll and quite cheap! Oh, and the black crepe from Cath Kidston that was also a bargain remnant. Oh dear, I won’t preach, but it is the best feeling to make something good from someones cast offs …

I found these recently, the stripes was £1.50 for 3 metres at the local charity shop and the flowery curtain was £3.99 at Oxfam (only one but enough for a skirt I think). All washed and ready to sew …

Boys back from Wood soon, can’t wait! I feel very blue without them here, worrying for my girl … hang on they’re back, hooray!!

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Hello dolly …

… or, off with her head!

I found this in my local Oxfam a couple of weeks ago and couldn’t leave her behind. I thought £3.99 was a bargain and she now sits on the shelf in the kitchen to mixed reactions. My teens say she’s scary but Jimmy loves her because she looks good next to his boy in a wheelchair (don’t ask).

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