Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Thrifting For Linens

I was lucky to find a little cluster of linens at my most recent quick stop at the thrift store. You are seeing them just spread out on the table in the same condition as I discovered them. I like the aged color and the creamy tone that is often lost after you launder them. 

Some of the colors really are more of an ivory in the end though. I was happy when I saw this little squirrel lace trim on this pillowcase, but then I spotted the monogram! A little extra thrill.

I often have no idea at first as to what I will do with something, as is the case with this short sheer curtain with hand made lace sewn on. About six feet of it! There is always the option of salvaging the trim. But the curtain itelf is growing on me. I love the pretty rose filet crochet pattern.

On the other hand a lovely white on white linen runner is always in demand. This one seems from the arts and crafts era with a thicker thread, loose weave, and grid pattern.  Very nice condition . . .

A nice big size, and such a beauty. . . .

A nice old all cotton bed sheet for a million uses. (Including on a bed!)

A little stash like this just makes my day!

Are you getting in a little flea fun too?

Nothing better!

Whatever you're up to, I hope it's a great week for you!


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  1. Oh what a pretty parcel of linen you found. Lucky you Jacqueline. Enjoy x

  2. You always find the most beautiful pieces, Jacqueline, and I know they have found the perfect home with you.

    I do not get out to flea. It would require a long drive & an overnight stay in order to be able to spend enough time to make it worthwhile. So I flea at Etsy. I can find exactly what I'm looking for and my feet don't get so tired! :)

    Wishing you a beautiful day today!

  3. How do you ever find such pretties! I have got to more diligent in my looking. Beautiful as always. Love that you found one with a red tag.

  4. What a gorgeous selection of linens.

  5. I never thought about the thicker thread as from the arts and crafts period. But, in retrospect, I've had embroidered linens from my grandmother done with the thicker thread on monks cloth during that era. Thanks for the info. Sally

  6. Lovely finds! They don't make them like they used to!


  7. What beautiful linens.

    You have inspired me. We are leaving for a 10 day vacation soon and I am looking for small projects to keep my hands busy on two long airplane flights and at night while we relax. I am going to come up with a
    "white on white" project to keep me busy.

  8. Oh Jacqueline,
    I have been on the hunt for linens these days and find it next to impossible to find the beauty you find.
    I now scour the Goodwills, Salvation Army, and local thrifts....I did find some Pottery Barn shams, and curtain valances last week for my mothers country home, but yet to find any linens of your beauty!

    I think you are buying it all up and it's not making it this far into southern Ca. Lol !! :)
    But you can assure yourself I will keep looking.

    Thank you for sharing your beauty my dear, and also reminding me to keep looking.

    Beautiful summer days ahead for your hunts, and gatherings.


  9. You found some very nice pretties, Jacqueline! I always think of all the work that went into these very special linens. The squirrel border is quite unique - glad they found a nice home. Your last post was especially lovely, too. xo Karen

  10. HI and how awesome ..if you want to sell the curtain Im ready for it.....can use it on my cottage window
    just email me

    thanks bunches of roses Lorraine

  11. Beautiful linens!
    Love, love cotton bed sheets and pillow cases and table clothes too.

  12. charming finds, jacaqueline:) i wish i could have lovelies like these around here--but, they are scarce. happy 4th to you!

  13. You always find the prettiest linens Jacqueline! Maybe I don't look hard enough or maybe I'm just not willing to pay what they want for the really pretties. I was mostly buying for resale on Etsy, so I had to keep my purchase prices down if I wanted to make a profit.
    I LOVE that table runner!!! So many uses.
    You inspire me to hunt a little harder next flea.

  14. Jacqueline, you have such an eye. I should just put this comment on auto-whatever as I say it to you all the time. There is really nothing prettier that a stack of bright, white linens. Especially after you have worked your wonders with them..Happy 4th..Judy

  15. I can see why all those gorgeous linens and laces made your day!! I have never seen a sheet, ever, in all my linen finds. That one is a beauty! Just beautiful!!!

  16. No flea fun to be had here, but a few thrift and estate sale stops in recent weeks yielded a few finds. I need to make the rounds again this next week.
    Pretty linens! Beautiful monogram and hand work on these.
    Happy 4th of July!

  17. Just gorgeous Jacqueline. Love the photos so fresh and pretty. Love the monogram. I was just working with a ton of old lace today pulling together a wall keeper for my studio. Some of the lace was similar. It was the perfect way to spend time.

    Have a nice 4th~

  18. *Sigh*

    Gorgeous finds, my friend - absolutely beautiful.

    Have a fun and safe holiday weekend.

  19. PS

    You are the 9th favvie blogger who has fallen off my follow/read list that I have had to rejoin.

    I cannot believe it - what on earth happened?

    You know I am not a new follower. Grrrr.

  20. I could never find that many pretty linens here. Several of our antique shops have closed in the last two years. I am so sorry to see them go. I always loved visiting and finding little treasures. You have a great eye for linens. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

  21. Just beautiful Jacqueline! what a fabulous stash!


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