I like to troll Craigslist for all sorts of crafty things. I have bought 2 sergers and blindhemmer and fabrics in the past and I have sold many things on there too. It is also a great way to get rid of heavy bulky things that you cannot haul to the dump to recycle like bathroom cupboards, piles of river rock, slightly used barbecues and heavy concrete benches…yes, all that has been given away from the Mole household.
The woman selling these items wrote to me during our snowstorm and said she would be willing to come into town and drop off the goodies. What a deal!!! No scary driving over icy roads, so I agreed and then she said since I was a seamstress she would bring more things from her collection. It seems that her grandmother who was a hoarder passed away and the family was going through the storage unit(s) and garages and her home to claim their share.
She said she had some vintage clip-on earrings too along with some clothes if I wanted to have a look. How can you say no??? The earrings were just the type that Nancy wears (big and sparkly) so I bought this collection for $1 per pair.
But the real surprise was what she pulled out of another box:
Every pearl was hand sewn on separately and the dragons were an inch high/thick over padding and all made with pronged rhinestones. The rest were silver bugle beads and coral beads. The jacket must have weighed over 10 pounds. Guess what went with this jacket?
Yes…it is a skirt made in the same fashion with straps…straps? Yes, to hold it up on the shoulders because it weighed as much as the jacket!!!
And one more orphan skirt:
The mystery is the country of origin as her grandmother never labelled anything. The red skirt is a satin fabric and very thick with bird motifs instead of dragons. If anyone knows anything about such garments, please let me know. She was originally trying to sell each piece for $25 and I told her that they must be worth more, even to a museum or Asian establishment as a display feature.
I made the hats and decided as a determined seamstress “on vacation” that I did not like the floppy ears so I attached strips of boning inside to make the ears stand up straight and then just because a girl can always use some bling…attached sequins on the ears. So many people wanted to take our picture!
It was a joyous respectful march with everything from newborns in strollers, men and ancient grandmas with walkers and wheelchairs and scooters and young boys carrying signs supporting their mothers and sisters.
With only a week left for my time off, next time I have another robe to share and another yummy soup for you. Just got my list of the first wave of brides from the salon…20 to start with and 3 new ones on the 1st of Feb. After spending a month cleaning and clearing out stuff from my sewing room and waxing floors and gathering dust bunnies off of ceiling fans and tall bookshelves…it is time to start the chaos!
Happy sewing everyone!