It is a motley mix of textiles, yard junk, and smalls.
At one house the lady had a bag of calico scraps in reds and yellows. She asked if I like fabric remnants and proceeded to bring out several bags of reds, blues, and golds plus two quilts.
She was happy to get rid of them and I was happy to buy them!
The small red book is a directory with maps of the streets of Paris. I love the red and silver cover and the colorful maps inside.
There was a tote bag tied up with the tag stating it was quilt squares for pillows. When I arrived home and unpacked them, they were beautiful. Blue chambray, calico, and homespun in various patterns. Some gracious soul had cut them into squares.and sewed around the edges.
I love the rough, worn textures.
This was some little girl's treasure box. It appears to be fifties and filled with handmade doll clothes, two porcelain Kewpie dolls, some tatting, some jewelry parts, and various other keepsakes. All of it contained in a stationery box.
I plan to try and get all this into a shadow box frame.
Tiny rolling pins for making clay medallions came along, too.
I could have spent hours at this couple's place. They clean out estates and had tons of ephemera and photographs.
SSSHHH! My sheep collection is getting larger, but do not tell anyone I am collecting sheep. The little lamb cake mold in aluminum? Well, duh, of course it was mine!
I have a soft spot for baby shoes. These are very worn, but still in the original box with the receipt from 1959 for $7.16.
The box top proclaims the shoe company manufactures "A Scientific Shoe" for "Self Starters".
I had planned to buy lots of baskets as I am low on them, but the ones I saw were either not right or too expensive except for these. A graduated set of three hold vintage ice cube trays, a child's atlas, a creamer, paper mache' Santa candy holders, two tin cups, and a Ding Dong school bell book by Miss Frances.
You have to be as old as I am to remember Miss Frances ringing the school bell on TV.
Also, I found two picnic baskets. I love to find the small square ones. These two were in good shape.
I rolled the quilt squares and tied them with torn calico ribbons from the bags of fabrics I bought.
So primitive and pretty displayed in the picnic baskets.
(I always think pic-a-nic like Yogi!)
Okay, I have unpacked the small stuff from the car and managed to
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