My friend told me the other day that she was having a tag sale at her home. Her marriage of almost 30 years had ended, the big house had been sold, and she was moving on to single life in a tiny apartment. Happily, I might add.
I went to her home prepared for a few items set out in the driveway, but what I found was an entire lifetime of objects for sale. She had exquisite taste, but not enough room, physically or emotionally, for what she had accumulated in her past life.
As I walked in the front door, I couldn't determine where my feet should go first. Gorgeous furnishings and antiques, blue-and-white china, and much more beckoned. But my eyes quickly fell upon two plastic bins in the corner of the living room, where I saw stack upon stack of decades-old vintage linens.
I sat there in that corner for almost an hour, patiently sifting through generations of monogrammed napkins and hand towels; delicately hand-stitched and embroidered placemats, runners, and coasters; everyday linens with vintage prints-whimsical strawberries, happy yellow roses. Each item was carefully pressed and preserved. I was utterly absorbed by the story they told.
I love to create items with vintage fabrics, especially scatter pillows. A pillow is the perfect canvas for a retro print handkerchief or embroidered linen. With each piece of dozens that I held in my hand, I could envision how lovely it would look as the pretty face of a small pillow.
I have enough vintage linens now to fuel these dreams for years to come, but I think that I will take a precious piece or two to make a pillow just the right size for a small apartment where a dear friend is beginning a new and exciting journey.
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Do you collect vintage fabrics? What do you do with them? Do you know any of their stories? I would love to know.