Today's junk came from an estate sale that I mentioned a few weeks ago. It opened on a Thursday afternoon, which I (mistakenly) thought meant it might not be so busy as a Friday morning sale. The kids were out of school that day, so I hired the neighbor to babysit and drove over.
I arrived at the sale about 10 minutes after opening, but there was no line--they'd let everyone in at once. Normally I hate that practice because it's just painful to stand outside in line, imagining that the people in front of you are scooping up all of the goodies while you wait and leaving you with the junk. In the case of this sale, I think letting people in a few at a time might not have been a bad idea! Surely, if the Fire Marshall had seen the place he'd have shut us down fast! It was a tiny old house and it was just unbelievably crowded and DARK.
Despite the hordes of people and the gloom, I managed to find a few treasures. In one bedroom I found a pile of vintage tablecloths. Even in the dark I could see that they were stained, but honestly couldn't tell how badly or if I thought the stains were removable. However, they were priced cheap--cheaper-than-the-thrift-store-cheap--so I thought I'd take a chance.
This tablecloth was with the others, but in much nicer condition. It features a motif of those cast iron trivets in the middle, and copper gelatin molds around the outside. (And I swear I ironed it--where did that ugly crease come from?). The copper molds remind me of my Gram, since she had a whole collection hanging up in her kitchen. The colors aren't my thing, so this one will end up in my Etsy shop.
I soaked the cloths in Biz and hot water, but unfortunately most of the stains stubbornly stayed put, so I officially have cutters. Maybe I can find more chairs that need reupholstering...
I'm linking up to Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl!