This Week’s Vintage Finds #114: Linens

Hi everyone! I mentioned yesterday that I spent most of this past week-end snug and warm inside my house. Given our below zero temperatures, it was the wisest place to be. Of course, it meant no estate sales and no thrift stores. Luckily, I purchased a number of vintage linens at the previous week-end’s estate sale, so I thought I’d give you a peek today. I don’t tend to buy a lot of linens because they are slow sellers for me, but almost all of these were in excellent, almost unused condition and very well-priced, as you will see.

Vintage Crocheted Red Floral Hot PadThis perfect condition, cotton, crocheted hot pad has a wonderful, Christmas-y appeal (cost: 50¢, value: $4-5.00).

Vintage Crocheted Yellow Hot PadAnother perfect condition, cotton hot pad in buttery yellow (cost: 50¢, value: $4-5.00).

Vintage Cotton Hot PadA third, cotton hot pad with a unique pattern (cost: 50¢, value: $3-4.00).

Vintage cotton doilyA fairly common, cotton crocheted doily (cost: 50¢, value: $2-3.00).

Vintage Cotton DoilyAnother common style crocheted doily (cost: 50¢, value: $2.00).

Vintage Trim

I purchased a bag full of beautiful vintage trim for a dollar. Here are some of pieces it contained:

Vintage Trim
31″ x 1 7/8″ vintage scroll-shaped trim (value:$3.00).

Vintage Leaf-shaped trim
Two Pieces: 44″ and 27″ (x 2 1/4″) leaf-shaped trim (value: $6-7.00 for both pieces).

Vintage Trim36″ x 7/8″ flower-shaped trim (value: $3-4.00).

Vintage Beaded Trim35″ x 1/2″ beaded and sequined vintage trim (value: $5-6.00).

Vintage White Trim
15″ x 2″ ornate vintage trim (value: $2-3.00).

Vintage White TrimJust shy of 4 yards x 7/8″ vintage boxy trim (value: $7-8.00).

Vintage Floral Trim24″ x 1″ vintage flower-shaped trim (value: $2.00).

Vintage Hand Crocheted Cotton Trim42″ x 2″ hand-crocheted vintage cotton lace (value: $6-8.00).

Larger Pieces

Vintage Eagle Doily13″ x 22 1/2″ eagle-motif crocheted cotton doily (cost: 50¢, value: $10-12.00).

Vintage Butterfly Doily9 1/4″ x 12 1/2″ butterfly-motif, crocheted cotton doily (cost: 50¢, value: $8-10.00).

Vintage Linen Towel with Crocheted InsertFinal Find: This linen towel with inset, crocheted trim is a truly stunning piece. Unfortunately, the room I discovered it in was rather dark, hiding some browning on the fold lines. I’ve yet to try to soak them out. Regardless, this 23″ x 44″ towel was well worth the 50¢ I paid for it, even if I just clip out the crocheted piece (value if perfect: $20-25.00).

Vintage Embroidered Crocheted Trim
I’ve never seen a crocheted piece with decorative embroidery like this. Have you?

For more info about vintage linens:
Tips, Facts: Success With Vintage Textiles (by my friend, Rita at Panoply)
15 Cute Ways to Repurpose Vintage Linens
Collector’s Weekly: Vintage Tea Towels

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  1. I too love linens and am always drawn to them. Love how you always share the cost of things and value. Your posts are such a pool of knowledge. Thank you and don’t stop sharing!

    1. Hi Marie! I promise I won’t stop sharing 🙂 Thanks so much for taking the time to chat–you made my day with your kind comments!

  2. I always buy doilies when they’re cheap. I like them to spruce up my space a little. I actually sell probably 5-10 of them a month.

  3. Isn’t that embroiedered crochet work adorable…hard to tell if it was added to later or originally—either way it’s gorgeous. Enjoyed your finds, Thanks, Sandi

  4. Lovely pieces. I used to have some of the pillowcase crocheted edging before but I gave it all to another blogger as knew she would use it. She also inherited some of my baby clothes from the 50’s. She was so thrilled!

    1. It must be wonderful to know that you blessed someone else with your precious heirlooms. So much better than just donating them to Salvation Army. We can’t keep everything, right?!!

  5. I love all the old pot holders. I need to find a pattern to crochet myself some.

    Thanks for sharing your finds at SYC.

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