Saturday, March 12, 2011

Brother, can you spare a dime?

This is my crafty country cousin, Georgia, working on a quilt in bed. Why in bed? Because she broke her leg and had to have extensive orthopedic surgery and won't be back on her feet for awhile. And along with that surgery came huge bills for the surgeon, hospital and rehab. And like so many of us self-employed she can't afford health insurance. A huge garage sale is planned for April 9 in Rockdale, Texas, to help raise money for her medical bills. But if you won't be in the area that day please consider making a small donation using the paypal donate button below. Thank you so much.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Thrifting Tip #3 - Ball O' Yarn

I only add this one because I figure you're a fiber person if you're reading this blog. If not, I'm sure you know someone who knits or crochets, right?

While you're out junking, keep an eye open for bags of yarn. That's how my local thrift stores package the yarn donations they get from overly ambitious crafters who planned to make a king size afghan but somehow never found the time (been there, done that).

It also helps to look at buying yarn this way as a personal challenge - what do I 'see' in the yarn just waiting to be created? A hat? A scarf? Not to compare myself to Michelangelo and a block of marble or anything, but you get the picture.

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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Thrifting Rules to Live By #2 - Church Bazaars Rock!

I've decided the best place to find hidden treasure is at a big church yard sale. It's a lot of driving around to hit more than one garage sale on a Saturday morning. And the thrift stores are on to the potential value of their stuff and lately seem to overprice accordingly. Or maybe it is just this rough economy - more people are shopping at thrift stores these days. Anyway, I went to a church yard sale this morning and scored: $10 bought a Dale of Norway sweater (not my size but perfect for making back my $10 on Ebay), a set of 6 linen embroidered place mats with matching linen runner, two large bright cotton mexican blankets, a round vintage Christmas print tablecloth (complete with cotton fringe edging), a cute 50s chalk mama fish plaque and her two babies, and a lovely Limoges teacup and saucer (perfect for mom, the Anglophile). And the icing on the cake? My donation was for a good cause - the new Summit Autism Academy of Austin.