There is a charity shop in my village where I often find great vintage dresses, fabrics or notions. They get good quality articles from estate sales or donations, and I rarely leave without something beautiful to wear or remake. When I stopped by yesterday, I noticed a big pile of vintage pattern pieces and instruction sheets behind the cash. "Wonderful", I thought, "They are going to start selling patterns too."
But no, here is the awful truth: They told me that they always receive old patterns, but "they might be missing a piece or something, so we just take them apart and use the papers for wrapping china"!!!!! Then they held up a few empty envelopes for 50-60s dresses and said, "Who would use these old patterns when you can buy new things so cheap?"
Oh, the horror. I made them promise to keep any patterns that come in until I have a chance to look at them.
At least the story has a happy ending.