Surprise!!! It's me again! I decided that if I keep my posts small, maybe I can keep posting with some regularity before I get my new computer. I am calling this Thriftin' Thursday, even though I know it is Friday. But I usually go thrifting on Thursdays, and have thought of doing a weekly post to share my finds. So this was from yesterdays trip to a favorite thrift, that offers a 20% discount on Thursdays to seniors. And a thrifting find from a few weeks back as well.
I have been looking for another office type chair for my sewing room. They are just the most comfortable to work in, and they slide so nicely around the acrylic mats I have on the floor. My Mom and I had popped into one of my favorite haunts a week ago last Thursday. Lo and behold, they had a chair. I wanted it. But it was 20.00. I don't like to spend that much. So I thought I would take my chances and come back in a week, to see if it was still there. I went in yesterday, and not only did they have my chair, it was now 50% off. So it came home with me. I cleaned it up really good, even though it was already in very good shape. It is my intention to recover it, but I need to find the fabric I want first.
I spied this lamp, and loved the size. Upon further investigation, realized it was a solid brass Stiffel. The label was on the red leather lampshade. When I was cleaning the lamp at home, I tore that off. The shade needs to be replaced, as it has seen better days. I have a Stiffel floor lamp, that was my husbands in his room before we married. His Mother had very good taste. I toyed with painting it Oil Rubbed Bronze, as I have done with many other brass things in my house, but I am not sure yet.
This cute little dainty spoon had to come home with me.
I keep a salt pig crock on the wine crate lazy susan next to my stove. I like to be able to quickly toss a pinch into the food I am cooking. I also keep black pepper in a little demitasse cup for the same purpose.
I cleaned the hard case first with warm soapy water, and a magic eraser. Aren't those things the best???
And then, took it apart, and cleaned the machine. I sprayed out all of the dust and lint. I removed the bobbin and cleaned the shuttle. I adjusted tension, and shined up the machine. Oiling it at all of the contact points. There was not a scratch to be seen anywhere on it. I put some scrap fabric underneath the needle, and hit the gas to see what she could do. What a beautiful stitch! It purred like a kitten. I viewed a couple of youtube videos that I googled, on the make and model of this machine, as it didn't have a manual. The videos both portrayed this machine as a powerful workhorse, and demonstrated how it could sew up to 16 thicknesses of cotton, 8 to 10 of denim, and 6-8 of canvas. It just hummed right through it, like it was a little Juki or something!!!
The case cleaned up to look brand new.
These vintage heavy duty machines are a wonderful find, if you are lucky enough. They don't compare to the new plastic basic machines that they sell today.
Oh, another great feature, especially for a quilter, is the button to drop the feed dogs.
These two little vintage cow glasses called out to me too. I sure do wish there had been more!
And what was my find of the summer, this fabulous quilt! In PERFECT condition. I saw the lady who worked there setting it out, and I ran right over. I could not believe my eyes when I read the price tag. 14.99, but it was 20% off for senior day. I quickly inspected it, and dropped that quilt down in my buggy and went straight to pay, then home to wash it!
It washed up so beautifully! I spread it out to enjoy every puckery inch. The dresden plates are all hand stitched down with a blanket stitch.
And lastly, this cast iron door stop Roo.
People always say to me, that I find the best things, and have the best luck, and must have the best shops near me. I don't know if any of that is true, but I know that I look for certain things in particular. I look for brands. I look for things that I know the value of. I look for things that I personally like. The list is too long to mention. Sometimes I go into a thrift and come out empty handed. Sometimes I hit the jackpot. Rarely do I ever spend more than 20.00 total. Do NOT be afraid to offer less. I did that when I found the embroidery machine. It was marked 65.00 dollars. I knew that it worked because I turned it on. But it didn't have the hoops. It would be of no value to me, if I couldn't find a hoop for it. So I offered them 20.00 and they agreed. I was able to find the hoop for it, after some searching, and I have had an absolute ball with that machine! Worth every single cent, for sure! So next time you pass a thrift, pop inside. See what you can find. You just might be surprised, and find a treasure!
Til next time.
PS Pat, you can find me at IG as KrisGrover Hope to see you there!