Monday, 17 June 2013

The Sewing Basket, A Charity Shopping Bargain

I love baskets and I love a bargain!  So when I saw this brand new basket in the local charity shop I was in there like a shot.  The little basket had it's original manufacturer's tag and a second little price tag, it said £2.


Only £2, I had to buy it but what would I do with it?  It seems wrong to purchase it and not have a use for it.  But it was so cute!


I was about to put the basket back on the shelf when an idea popped into my head.   SEWING BASKET!   I need a sewing basket, this would be perfect.


As you can see, I am not a great seamstress.  The truth is my sewing these days is limited to replacing buttons and mending an occasional hem but everyone needs a few sewing supplies.


I was always fascinated by my Granny's sewing supplies.  She was a professional seamstress when she was young.   Granny had a collection of the most wonderful 'notions'.  Her button box was like a treasure chest filled with bits and pieces taken from 1920's dresses.  Fabulous!


This little sewing basket holds a tiny bit of treasure too.  These are my Granny's thimbles.  They are priceless to me!  Maybe should start a button box.  Every family should have a tiny treasure chest.  

8 comments:

  1. I remember my mum's button box. I used to love sorting through it when I was little!

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    1. I wonder if children still have the opportunity to do it. Do mom's still save buttons?

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  2. I really love your little basket! I'm sure, I would have bought it, too! And such a button box with hundreds of buttons in different colours had my granny and my great-aunt, too. And it was for me as a kid an honour, when they asked me to look for some special buttons, they just needed. And shall I tell you something: my mother still keeps those boxes like a treasure!

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    1. Those button boxes ARE a treasure! I would love to see the contents of your mother's button box. They are just as interesting now that I am an adult as they were when I was a child. : ) I've grown older but not grown UP!

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  3. What a cute little basket, and what a good way to use it :) xx

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    1. I was certainly pleased with this purchase. We do LOVE a bargain! : )X

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  4. That basket looks like it could have had a child's tea set in it. We have one here like that from you. I have a few things from your Mom's sewing basket and so probably from your Grandma Winnie's basket too. Was it your Granny Selph that was the seamstress? Your Mom did so many cross-stitch kits....I saved a few panels she made. And buttons, I have buttons, both from my Aunt Edythe and your Mom. Love looking through them as do the girls! xoxo

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    1. Both Grandmas were very good seamstresses. Grandma Selph made pieced quilts and smocked dresses for me when I was a little girl. Granny Beadles worked as a professional seamstress for a firm in Kansas City called Rice Stix. I have Googled it and found some good adverts from 1953 for Rice Stix products. : )

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