Now is the season of sales–yard sales, tag sales, garage sales–and I can never resist a quick pull-over when I see one. For one thing, I have an interminable curiosity about other peoples' houses and belongings. For another, I am always on the hunt for vintage fabrics, patterns, and especially pillows. I have a weakness for throw pillows that I believe I inherited from my mother, and pillows of vintage eras are especially appealing for their fine handwork.
Recently, I was driving by a house that I have always admired–a sprawling ranch with a lovely front porch and long, sloping lawn–and I noticed that they were having a HUGE garage sale. When I walked up their wide driveway, I could immediately see that this was a honey of a sale. It appeared the homeowner had run an antique shop at one point and was using this sale as a way to unload stock.
Frankly, between the cast iron lawn chairs and vintage linens and antique lighting fixtures and shabby chic furnishings, I was overwhelmed. I roamed around and poked my nose here and there, but I couldn't winnow my desires down to one or two objects.
Then, I spotted it: a gorgeous needlepoint pillow lovingly made by someone's relative–a relative who had a good bit of needlepointing experience. The flower on the pattern was like a psychedelic rose and would be the perfect complement to my floral slipcovers. I didn't have cash on me, but I asked for the price, and they agreed to hold it until my return.
When I returned, an older woman sitting to the side smiled kindly at me. I didn't ask but I guessed that either she was the author of the pillow or it had been created by someone special to her. I know we can't hold onto our things forever, so it's nice to know when they go to an appreciative home.
I was right. The pillow was perfect in my living room, and this treasure has a new home. All for $5. Gotta love a sale.
Do you love throw pillows as much as I do? We have a great new Stitch eBook on sale, Patchwork Pillows, that is available in the Sew Daily Shop. Each pillow project is so unique and will add that modern handmade quality to your living space.
Do you have a pillow with story, either from your family or someone else's? I would love to hear your old pillow tale.