Hi everyone! Not too long ago, I picked up a bag of vintage sewing notions at an estate sale for two bucks. I thought today I’d share the contents with you. How does that sound?
I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time resisting almost anything in a bag or a box priced at a buck or two. Do you have the same problem? I love to get it home and paw through the contents, just waiting to discover a treasure or two. In this case, a sterling thimble, for example, or perhaps an unusual darner would have made my day.
Yeah, didn’t really happen this time. The bag contained some nice enough items, but nothing that I’d call a “treasure.” However, I will certainly make some money off of the contents of the bag.
Probably the most valuable item was this cube of German straight pins with glass heads (value: $10-15.00).
I’m not familiar with “toilet pins” are you? Could they have something to do with a woman’s cycle? Do tell. Available.As interesting as I find darners, they do not command much at retail, particularly relatively plain, worn ones like this little blue guy (value: $5-6.00). Those with Sterling handles can cost upwards of $50-100.
These wood-handled tools are used for tracing patterns on fabric (top) and leather (bottom). The seamstress would place a piece of carbon paper between the pattern and fabric, then use this tool to “follow the lines” and print the pattern onto the material. Clever, right? (value:$5-10.00 each) Available
The red measuring gauge–a Dritz Tailor-ette (top)–helps a seamstess hem skirts and dresses. The metal bracket on the far left holds a piece of chalk. I remember Sealtest from when I was a girl, do you? This plastic contraption has nothing to do with sewing(!), but rather would be carried by a Sealtest salesperson to help him/her calculate the cost of various merchandise. Below lie two of the tiniest crochet hooks I’ve ever seen, in sizes 10 and 12. None of these is very valuable, well under $5.00 each I should think. The Sealtest piece may be worth $5.00 to an advertising or ice cream collector.
I haven’t quite figured out how this (West German) Sewing Witch needle threader works, but I find it fascinating, nonetheless (value: $8-12.00). Available
If this card of snaps were in better shape, I’d frame it for next year’s craft fair, but I fear it’s a bit too dilapidated and certainly isn’t worth much, if anything, on its own, despite the wonderful graphics.
So sad that this label is ripped–isn’t the font great? Quite a few yards of gorgeous twill tape remain on the roll, though, and I’ll be happily using it on some project or other. That’s it for me, friends. What vintage goodies have you found lately?
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