Let us put by some hour of every day for holy things...

I will not doubt, though all my ships at sea
Come drifting home with broken masts and sails.
I will believe the Hand which never fails,
From seeming evil, worketh good for me.
And though I weep because those sails are tattered,
Still will I cry, while my best hopes lie shattered:
I trust in Thee.
--Ann Kimmel

Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold and there shall be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation. Habakkuk 3:17-18

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Dogs and Fabric Finds

Every spring my husband and I attend an annual community garage sale event with my sister-in-law Claudia and her husband Steve. The men go their merry way and Claudia and I go ours and a great time is had by all. It's always fun, we always find something kitschy and collectible, and this year I made an especially good haul.

I have just time to show you a few items, then I'm going outdoors to take advantage of the weather and work in my ghastly weedy, neglected flowerbeds. So, without further ado, have a look at these vintage dog items:

From left to right: 1947 playing cards, a "big eye" frosted candle-in-a-jar, a clear plastic "Snoopy" type carnival prize toy, a terrific chalkware chihuahua bank, and a figural Saint. Bernard cologne bottle by Avon. 
I'm especially delighted with the chalkware bank. Even with chips in the paint, it has presence. It stands about 8 1/2 inches tall. While it's made to save your pennies in, I wouldn't recommend it, because there's no stopper in the bottom to enable you to get them out again.


I didn't find a lot of vintage fabric at the sales, but what I did find is top-notch. 

First, there's a nice remnant of seventies floral print cotton fabric in vibrant summery colors.

Next in the stack is this big piece of beautifully printed burlap. Yes, I said burlap. Very mid-century modern in color and design.

Of course, the piece de resistance in the pile is this 4-yard length of mint-condition atomic-era barkcloth!!!!!

I had to sneak this past Claudia when I bought it or we might have had a fist-fight over it. Both of us are passionate about vintage barkcloth. Isn't the print great? It reminds me of Christmas tree ornaments from the 1960s. This treasure was just one item in a huge boxful of vintage goodies for which I paid a total of $5.00.

At the bottom of the stack of this show-and-tell is a massively heavy, nubby-yet-velvety sort of upholstery fabric in a lovely gaudy 1960s - 1970s floral print. I haven't measured it out yet, but there's a lot here. 

Lastly today I want to show you a final textile treasure. It was my day for barkcloth--I found a wonderful throw pillow at a church rummage sale and paid 25 cents for it. Here's a close-up of the fabulous southwestern print. Isn't it marvelous?



  1. I love yellow flower fabric-woulds look great has a couch or chair!

  2. What a great batch of finds! Please, may I come pick with you sometime? lol

  3. Wouldn't it be a kick if we could all get together and go scrounging? We'd probably come to blows, though,
    "I saw it first!"
    "No, I did!"
    "Let GO!"