Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Hospital Thrift Shops

 Who knew they had anything to offer other than moldy stuffed animals and Dean Koontz paperbacks?  I've been trekking back and forth to the hospital all week and somehow this little thrift shop had slipped my notice every time.

 McCall's Jumper and blouse pattern (1957).  Only the blouse pattern pieces were cut, and it was stored very neatly.  Nice. 

A couple of questionable choices from 1995 and 2001.  I blame the fact that my daughter was screaming to leave and I got flustered.  Interesting to note that Butterick was using the same pattern illustrator over that 6 year period. 

I'm always astounded when I find Vogue patterns that are factory folded.  If you're going to pay $30 for a pattern, you'd think that you would really really really want to use it; not donate it so that any old thrift store scrounger can pick it up for 50c.
And I couldn't resist this nice sundress for $5. It's a bit large in the bust, but has princess seams, so that should take about 5 minutes to alter.  Score.  The photos are even worse quality than usual because I only took my iPhone to Vancouver with me, but this should give you an idea of what a rain forest it is around here.  Hope you're having a good week with lots of sun and factory folded vintage patterns. 
(BTW, I finally got around to posting the give-away prizes to everyone.  They should arrive in the next two weeks.)


  1. Oooo...lovely treasures you've got there! The dress looks fab.

  2. :D Great pattern finds, I really like the first one! Also, cute dress!
    Nothing like a silver lining, right...? :)

  3. Gah! I love the 50's pattern and the polka dot sundress! Fabulous! :)

  4. I love your finds! I just discovered a thrift shop in my neighborhood that sells vintage patterns for fifty cents...but I'm not sharing the name or location with anyone. Or telling the shop what they've got! Good scores:)

  5. I'd keep that to myself too. My local thrift shop has finally clued in that I may not be the only person willing to spend 25cents on vintage sewing patterns, have stopped saving them for me and started putting them out on the shelf!!!! Horrors!


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