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the haul (rummage sale 2010)

This weekend was Fall Break from college, and, with the greatest luck, it fell on the same weekend of my favorite rummage sale. This was the 72nd Annual Ladies Board Rummage Sale held in Leesburg, VA, and it’s one of my favorite events ever. This is the third time my mom and I have gone, and it’s always so much fun.

tiny owl candle dish (25 cents) that i couldn't leave behind

They collect donations all year, and all of it is crammed (yes, crammed!) into multiple horse barns for the two days of the event. Prices are reasonable, and awesome stuff is everywhere just waiting to be uncovered.

a portion of the rummage sale fabric haul

Plus, since Saturday was the second day of the sale, everything was half price after noon. And clothes and books went from pay-per-piece to fill-a-bag. My favorite!

not the sewing machine.. just the book

I got this sewing book, along with a few kids’ books in German, a photography book, and four Vonnegut novels, for three dollars.

tin plate with ducks on it

And who can pass up a tin plate that’s in perfect condition? (especially since i had never before witnessed such a thing!) (& especially since it was a quarter!)

what is a hassock? this, apparently.

My two dollar hassock, which is a word I’ve never heard but am quite endeared by after meeting this little guy. Apparently it is a small type of footstool that many grandmas have. Would you know what a hassock was if I asked you?

The leather has a tear, but of course I wouldn’t have kept the green leather if it was in perfect shape. I’m excited to upholster it sometime in the spring; right now I’m thinking a heavyweight but bright solid fabric with white piping, but I’ve changed my plans multiple times since this little guy came home.

Not pictured here: a bag full of screenprinting frames (!!); a necklace with colorful, chunky wooden beads; multiple pounds of clothing for wearing, reconstructing, and scrapping to fabric; and lots of belts. We spent a total of $21 altogether. I think my thrifting needs have been satiated for the next year or so… and they better be, because I have plenty of projects lined up now!

5 comments to the haul (rummage sale 2010)

  • This post is making me so homesick! lol. I love seeing all your finds; that little footstool is really darling. I can’t wait to see what you do with it!

    ? Casey | blog

  • Aunt Jeanie

    LOVE the plate, and I wouldn’t have been able to leave behind the owl either!!!

  • Aubrey

    HI,

    I am trying to buy a decent beginner sewing machine for about $100 or less and I though maybe you could help. I have no idea where to start! Any help you could provide would be much appreciated.

    Many Thanks. ~ Aubrey

  • Aubrey

    Thank you for all your help!! You’re not going to believe this, but I found my old sewing machine in a closet and it seems to work fine. It’s probably better then anything I was going to buy anyway because I bought it before I had kids. I was OK spending more money back then :)

    Would you know where I can find some free beginner sewing projects? I did a few searches, but most of the stuff wasn’t cute. I thought maybe you’d know of something I could make that actually might come out looking like something I would want to keep. I made a candy bag last night for trick-or-treating and it came out pretty nice!

    Thank you again for your wonderful long email! I really appreciate you taking the time to help me.

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