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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Thrift Shop Finds

Occasionally I like to go “thrift-shopping.” Particularly if I’m looking for something specific, like of late, silk shirts for my sweetie.

When I go thrift-shopping I sometimes find something interesting, something unexpected. This has been the case the last two time I’ve gone hunting for silk shirts (I’ve found two so far.)

These precious pieces of vintage tatting were had for a song.

This edging appears to have been cut from a piece of linen. It is 12 inches wide and 4 inches deep. There are some stains (possibly roach poo) and some breaks. All the rings are there and most of the picots. If anyone has any idea on how to get clean it and or make repairs, I'd appreaciate it.

But the real find was this beautiful tatted baby's cap. It has not stains, no breaks and is modeled most nicely by a doll my mother made.


  1. What beautiful lace! One of my most tresured possessions is a full sized lace tablecloth a great aunt made for me for my wedding. I should post a picture of it sometime.

    I love thrift shopping/garage sailing too. I did it all the time growing up, loving to sift through other people's cast off to find treasures.

  2. wow! those are gorgeous!

    I don't know what to tell you about the stains. I don't know how old fabric holds up to today's cleaners.

    However, I think you can have repairs made easily enough by someone who knows how to tat, or at the very least crochet. It would probably just take a small crochet needle and some matching thread and someone who knows how to use it.

    Good luck and nice finds!


  3. I shop for vintage linens of all kinds and my kids keep telling me I am bringing home the belongings of the dead...they won't set foot in the shops.
    My great aunt used to get stains out of delicate fabrics by soaking them in a mix of Woolite and lemon juice, then drying them in the sun.

  4. angela, Never know what you might find at a thrift store! Do post a picture of the table cloth. I hope you use it from time to time.

    Christy, I know how to tat, which is why I look for tatted things when I go thrift shopping, they are hard to find. I think the problem is finding the just the right kind of thread to match.

    Anne, Thanks for the tip on cleaning!


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