Today Finn's piano lesson was cancelled and so we had an extra hour in our afternoon. Since we were already in the city for art lesson, I decided to pop into the "city" thrift stores, which we usually don't have the time to visit.
Whew! The first store was having a 50% off everything sale, so I got:
*three footed milk glass vases (one of them is huge)
*a dead stock zipper
*beautiful, delicate cafe curtains in pristine condition--perfect for Annie's room
*a linen embroidered with Annie's initial; I plan to use it to back a pillow for her
*a vintage-y tablecloth of large grey and white checks, peppered with large red dogwood blossoms
*2 books for Finn
*a porcelain doll for Annie
*tissue paper bells
*four adorable, tiny felt Christmas ornaments, all carefully embellished, and sewn with the most perfect little blanket-stitch edges
*an un-sewn crewelwork kit to make a rose--why this appeals to me, I don't know, but for .70, I wasn't going to fight the urge
*a big Christmas tin (for the fruitcakes--I always seem to need one or two!)
*a Royal Victoria bone china teacup
*an Edith Schaeffer book (Common Sense Christian Living)
We got kicked out just as they were closing, and just as I was introducing myself to the huge bin of bias binding (less than .20 a pack!). I'm going back tomorrow.
We drove a couple miles down the road to the other thrift store, where all the shelves are neatly organized by color and the displays are tidy and clean. I love that! I bought 7 yards of fabric and a chocolate plate for $9. More on the chocolate plate another day.
More treats to come, as my mother-in-law generously offered to keep my children tomorrow afternoon so I can run errands. Fabric store, thrift shops, antique mall: here I come.