Last Saturday was a great day at the flea market and these were my wonderful finds!
This great picnic basket was not a high quality one, and there are no special pockets or holders inside, but it’s a great container, nonetheless, and in good condition. It was a steal at $5.
Laid across the basket is a vintage tablecloth of the type and colors I adore. It is in nearly pristine condition….one tiny stain that I might be able to get out and no holes or ragged edges. $10 was a great price.
A close up of the detail:
The next is a small skirt (junior sizing I guess) of wonderful printed eyelet with ribbon details and embroidered, scalloped edging on the skirt ruffle.
In the next photo you can see the detail of the edging better.
What I don’t think shows up on these is that the fabric is actually very pale pink and so is the lining, which makes me think that it was actually white and, when washed, the red trims bled out and stained the white fabrics this pale color. Since it is very even, it looks like it was meant to be that color, so it works for me.
Obviously this tiny skirt would fit one of my thighs, so I envision the fabrics used in other ways; maybe baby bonnets or even tiny dresses.
The tablecloth can be used in ways too numerous to mention; most likely for pillows or kitchen decor, but possibly small handbags, clutches or zipped change purses.
If I keep collecting fabrics this way, I expect to have tons of variety to work with when I retire and begin making my handcrafted items to sell. The best thing is that it’s recycling and re-creating.