July 8, 2014

The Ten Minute Stop and Shop

Instant gratification is a good thing.
Do you pop in to roadside shops in small towns?
They are full of great things if you don't mind the dusty musties.
I can't stand it for long.
On a quick run through I found a few things that I just couldn't leave behind.

This bluework embroidered piece is large enough to be a wall hanging.
A previous owner had bleached it, resulting in some blotchy fading on the blue border.
I love it anyway.
Bluework became popular in the late 1800's.
It has seen a resurgence of interest in recent years.

This sweet little piece has sticker residue stain.
I'm hoping I can get it out with a good soaking.

I don't know what it was used for- any ideas?
The cross stitching is so delicate and tiny.
I think a young lady must have done this piece- anyone over 40 wouldn't have been able to see it!
I love the Dutch patterns.

In a dusty basket, I saw this.
Pressed and framed flowers from Austria, circa 1950's.

 You already know about my love for tiny linen shirts and dresses.
I couldn't resist these two in that same dusty basket.

That tiny hand embroidered K is so sweet.

Nemesis would find this one a bit girly for one of his outfits.

No ruffles for him.  No puffy shirts, either.  It's just not a good look.

A very good haul for just a few minutes time.
And there's more to post about later.
Now, it's time for some soaking.
For me and these little keeps.

Sharing at:
Revi's Thrifty Life Thursday

Have a great week!


  1. All of these are so sweet! I love anything Holland-related and can't wait to go back again someday. In our house there is a rule: if it has a windmill on it, grab it before someone else does!

  2. Great finds! I can't wait to see what you do with them.

  3. hope you can get the stains, etc. out! :)

  4. I love the Dutchy charm of your blue embroidered pieces! And the framed flowers and children's clothing tug at my heartstrings, too. Not bad for a quick run through!

  5. Some great pieces! I love the baby clothing. I need to dig deeper when I'm out at the junk shops. You used your 10 minutes wisely ;-)

  6. Beautiful keeps! I'm guessing that your linen "pocket" may have been a holder for hankies...but that's just a guess. As for your sticker residue, if soaking doesn't remove it, you may be able to soften the glue with very hot water. As a last resort, I'd certainly try "goo gone" and then some blue "dawn" dish soap to remove whatever may be left behind. It's PH neutral and gentle enough for live animals so I would think that it would be safe. I've spent the last 2 days trying to remove mildew spots from vintage pillow ticking.

  7. What sweet treasures! You just never know what you will find treasure hunting.

  8. Such sweet finds! I love the delicate embroidery--I have never been able to get mine to look so fine.

  9. What great finds! I love redwork, and I've never seen it in blue. It's so pretty. Whenever we're on a road trip we always pop into whatever shops we come across along the way. It's like a mini-adventure. You just never know what you'll find.

  10. so sweet--i cannot pass up a christening gown or tiny dress:) great keeps, tina!

  11. I'm so happy that these treasures were acquired by you, someone that will love them back to life.

  12. The fact you find and buy these sweet delicate little linens tells me a lot about you and where your heart is.

  13. Hi, I'm so happy to meet you. I just stumbled across your blog through a blog-list of one of my blogging sisters. These finds are wonderful. I love bluework and redwork, they bring back memories of simpler times. Thanks for sharing your roadside shopping trip.
    Connie :)

  14. Cool pieces Tina, glad you rescued them! No idea what the mystery item is though-sorry:@)

  15. I have been soaking linens and quilts for the last week. I bought more today. I love the bluework and the tiny linen shirt - ruffles and all.

  16. Very fun finds! Love that little shirt! The 'K' got me...for Keith, my hubby :)

  17. I didn't even know tiny linen shirts EXISTED until this moment! Keep making me smarter, lady! :)

  18. I hope the soaking worked; they are lovely!

  19. I think I would love to go poking around with you! You find the coolest stuff and I probably look right over it.

  20. I love your vintage linen treasures, Tina. Thanks for sharing with us at Revisionary Life Thrifty Life Thursday!

  21. Well crap. No wonder I haven't been cross-stitching. Why didn't anyone tell me I couldn't do it after 40?????


  22. I kind of love the little tiny cross-stitch tulips. I can't believe you found all these fabric pieces in a roadside place! Gorgeous.


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