Sunday, April 3, 2011

Thrifty Finds # 22 - Do sweat the small stuff....

I've had a lot of luck with vintage sewing notions recently. (Although not all of these buttons are vintage, alot are).  I had a good pick through the button box at my local charity shop.  What is it about buttons??! I could rummage through boxes of buttons for hours on end and not get bored....
These cards of mending yarn really set me thinking about how little we can be bothered with the seemingly insignificant little things these days...
Look how fine that nylon is?! Could you or I really be bothered  to spend the time mending a pair of tights or stockings that had laddered?? Woolly tights are a different thing altogether, but I for one, cannot recall repairing a ladder in tights. Sure I used to dab on a little clear nail polish to stop a ladder running any more. But the offending tights would be binned as soon as I got home....
It got me thinking, rather wistfully, (sentimental saddo that I am!) about the time and effort that people used to spend on things that today we would not deem worth our time. In a time when even the little things were sparse, people really valued those things. So is it really better to live in a time of plenty when the little things are worthless....
...or could it be that these times of (relative!) increased "austerity" have an unexpected silver lining in that they may help us to rediscover the value of things. Remind us of the joy that can be had from the simple things in life....
Like for instance, bothering to pick stitch in gold thread, around a pair of tiny geese on something as utilitarian and insignificant as a tiny pin cushion! Yet someone deemed it deserving enough  of their time and attention...
...and it's all the sweeter for it.
I picked up this whole tin of bias binding and hemming tape for £2 including the lovely old tin, along with various notions and bits of vintage lace trim that someone had saved to reuse. All wrapped up in neat little bundles...
I always find there's something incredibly evocative about finding another dressmaker's stash. It's a totally personal thing. As if you can see the person right there in the lace and pins. The care that was lavished on everything. This lady wore nylons and always mended them. Amongst many other things, she couldn't bring hereself to throw away a pretty bit of lace or ribbon, and if something was worth doing at all, then it was worth spending time over. Did she finally give up because her fingers just weren't nimble enough anymore? Or because her eyesight had diminished too much to give her sewing the attention that she had always insisted on? These are the sorts of stories that pass through my mind when I find something like this. I can never pass over a stash like this. It brings a lump to my throat, and I get little butterflies in my stomach. To me it's something that has been acquired over many years and is something to be treasured, and not left languishing in a charity shop draw. It's a box full of "caring about the small stuff"....

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5 comments:

  1. OOOOO so many pretty threads! I love old threads, and totally agree about buttons. However repairing old stockings? I think if I was that strapped for cash would rather do the war time thing and draw them on-so much quicker! However I do love repairing every tiny hole on my vintage clothes! Well done on the exciting box of goodies!

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  2. I do remember the days of darning socks and ending holes in the knees of jeans. I think time spend gold stitching geese was for pleasure.

    Those are the kinds of finds I can not pass up even when I have no immediate need.

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  3. this is a real treasure))) geese are beautiful)

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  4. Oh my word, what a treasure trove. Congratulations!

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