Monday, June 22, 2009

The Latest Thrifts

I hope all the fathers in your life had a great day. We had a fairly quiet day that started with me bringing my husband his morning coffee in bed. He usually does it for me so it was the least I could do. Number 3 brought him freshly made waffles with butter, maple syrup and maple flakes on them. He often makes pancakes on the weekend but this was done with no ceremony and was a bit of a surprise. I did not think to take a picture so I have put in one of my husband's favourite flowers in our garden, the poppy!

When I walk into a thrift store, I make sure I cover all my essentials that include aprons and linens, cookbooks, china, pyrex, sewing supplies and brooches. I also always look at the carts the staff are using to restock the shelves. That is where I found this two volume cookbook from Gourmet Magazine. My Mum has a slightly older(I think) version of this set. This printing is still in its presentation box and the books still have their protective plastic dust jackets. My daughter found the Christmas menu tucked inside. It is from the Carleton Restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel in Ottawa. We have lived in Ottawa since 1990 and I do not remember there being a Four Seasons Hotel in the city while we have lived here. When we arrived in Ottawa, we were shocked to discover how few good restaurants we could find and how expensive the good ones were. I would have tried any restaurant at a Four Seasons Hotel at that time. A few years before my Nanan (maternal grandmother) treated my mother and myself to one of the best dinners I have ever eaten at the Four Seasons Vancouver. Ottawa has improved markedly in availability of good food since the nineties but we are not quite as interested in eating out these days and tend to stick with a few favourites. The tea towel has a fibre content label stating it is made of linen and cotton in German.

I could not resist this apron. I do not believe it to be vintage which is a usual criteria but it is charming. Its construction suggests it may have been commercially probably for tourists. I am not sure if it is Russian with her headdress being a Kokoshnik or whether she is wearing an Ukrainian Vinok. Does anyone have an opinion? She would be perfect for wearing while making holiday treats.

I love finding sewing and crafting books. I really have not been to many garage sales this year but an ad at the grocery store mentioned a sale with sewing stuff! That was enough to get me out. I could not resist some of the retro kitsch in these titles as I am slightly nostalgic about the rock painting and candle making of my childhood. The sewing books are very useful but this sale just got better and better.

Twenty-five cents each for these still very current patterns. The top pattens might even entice my daughter to learn to sew. The sale got even better.

There was fabric! Lots of fabric. The four pieces on the left are Laura Ashley and the middle print in greens and purple is Daisy Kingdom. The pink print should work well to line a bag but the blue piece at the back right of the photo is three metres of silk. I think I hear a early '60s sheath dress calling out for this fabric. Maybe I even have a vintage pattern that I will not have to re size in order to make up such a dress. I forgot to photograph the more utilitarian fabric lengths I bought. It was the only sale I went to and sometimes one is more than enough: I found great stuff and I met two sisters who were very friendly and enjoy sewing as much as I do.

Many others also love garage sales. Check out what they are sharing at Rhoda's blog


edward and lilly said...

That apron is amazing, what a great find!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Jenifir, thank you for joining the party this week! So nice to meet you & I love your thrifty finds. It's so fun to share the thrifting thing with all of you in blogland.

Kammy said...

I love to sew too ! I added my name to follow you as I want to see what you do with your finds !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Jennifer Rose said...

that apron is really cool :D the headdress looks more like Kokoshnik but could be both :)

nice patterns, I see shirts like those all the time in stores :) would be nice to sew some in the colours and fabrics of your choice

ThriftyAnnabella said...

Great finds

Anonymous said...

Not Father's day in this part of the world - we have until September to prepare! Beautiful Poppy, one of my favourites, and growing right there in your own garden. Mmm, Poppy envy. And what a great bundle of op-shopping goodness. That fabric was a FIND.

Tweed Delights said...

Hi Jenifir - I have done my 'me-me' but left it open, hope that's OK! Thanks for passing it on! :)

gardener-b said...

Love the fabric finds. I think the universe must be smiling down on you when you are thrifting. The cookbook set is real classic.