Sunday, October 30, 2005
grab bag mysteries
most of the time, grab-bagging at thrifts is pretty uneventful, but there will be that one time when you find the most incredible treasure! i know it is looked down upon to open bags or boxes that are stapled or taped shut, but if you do it carefully, or even ask for help, i think you will thank yourself. i was poking around one of my favorite thrifts, and i stumbled upon a wee box that was taped shut. what are you supposed to do with that - buy it and try your luck or open it and review the contents before you buy it? i, of course, opened it immediately to find what i never thought in a million years i would find. this box that i sneakily opened was stuffed with over 300 feed sack triangles from the 1920's!!! i couldn't believe my eyes! my emotions got the best of me at first, but i caught my cool when i brought the box up to the register. wondering how much all of these beautiful geometric fabric cuts would cost, i was stunned when i heard the clerk say, "is fifty cents ok with you, dear?"
i scored the whole box for fifty cents!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
when i got home, i began to brainstorm about the history of these triangles: who did they once belong to, how long did it take to cut all of them, where did all of the fabrics come from, was there a quilt already started, why were they here in a taped box? after thinking about their past, i began to think of their future: what was i going to do with them? so i say, if you see a mystery box or grab bag, go for it - you may have the most wonderful treasure to take home with you!!!
Posted by Sue at 7:20 PM