Friday, August 5, 2016

A Thrift Store Budget

On Wednesday morning, I drove to Kamloops to say goodbye to Howard and the "boys" as they headed off to Creationfest, a fabulous father and sons plus friends music event that they've been going to for fourteen years. And then, I went up to Sun Peaks to spend the day at a friend's studio before driving back home. My hip didn't like the four hours of driving so much but I had a wonderful day.

Yesterday, I spent an hour and a half in the studio and pieced and topstitched the band for around the bottom of the coat. The fabric is a striped denim recycled from a straight skirt with mega seams. I was surprised at how long it took to piece the sections but then again, there's no rush. This pile of serger scraps is building up beside the machine and I've already had "what if" thoughts about them so I imagine I'll have trouble throwing the pile away. Seeing potential is a dangerous thing.

One of the artists in town makes wire wrapped jewelry using recycled buckles and rings as a base. Her work is gorgeous and I wondered if there might be a way to use them with fabric... so naturally I had to buy some... because...

... the thrift store here is incredibly inexpensive. Belts are $1.25 each. That's great for the buckle but the band is useful too. Another friend paints and unweaves them to use as parts in textile wallhangings. I wondered how they'd work as embellishment on my coat... and since it came with the buckle... win, win.

I've been looking for a more efficient way to store yarn. This cabinet is 47" wide by 30" high by 16" deep and has two sliding glass doors that fit in the front. I bought it for $10.00 and plan to paint it before moving it down to the studio. Since I already have the paint, it's sitting in the kitchen to do it right away rather than putting it off.

These two purses were $1.25 each. The one of the left was bought to use as a pattern and the one on the right was bought for the handles although I have a strong sense of deja vu about this purse, as if I made it, only the last time I did macrame was in the 80's so it was a long, long time ago if I did. The feeling was so strong that I developed several scenarios for how it would have ended up here... which were fun... and then I cut off the macrame, threw it away, and kept the handles.

And these pictures... also $1.25 each... were bought to use as the base for some textile art pieces I'm considering, one for a show in January and one for the wall in the bathroom. You'll understand why I have put myself on a thrift store budget. There are LOTS of thrift stores nearby and the several of them have similar price structures. Between saving serger scraps and thrift store shopping, I could end up with way too much which is not good but some is fun. One little piece can make a great starting point.

Talk soon - Myrna

Grateful - inexpensive thrift store finds

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