Yesterday I had to go to town to see the dentist. Since I was there, I decided to stop at my favorite store, ECHO Resale. That's short for Evergreen Christian Outreach. It's a large and well managed thrift store. I went in looking for a sweater for my niece, who probably will be wanting some warmer clothes when she arrives from India, and a Foreman-style grill to replace mine which is losing it's nonstick coating (hopefully not on our food).
I came out with:
1. Two skirts for $1 each. One is an Eddie Bauer that looks like new.
2. A waffle iron for Stephanie. It's nearly a match for my grandmother's, which I still use and I knew Steph would be thrilled to have an old fashioned one for whipping up Grandma's "Oh Boy, Waffles" recipe.
3. A lovely hardbound book of pincushions to make. 93 of the most unusual and striking pincushions!
4. A yard of cream colored fleece to add to my puppet project for 75 cents.
5. A cute retro apron which appears to be handmade. It's white with a purple donkey hand appliqued and a basket of embroidered flowers is on it's back. Super cute.
6. The STEAL of the day (are you ready for this, Diane? I have a feeling you'll appreciate these as much as I do)
This is where the criminal activity comes in. I paid just $1.50 each for these gorgeous battenburg lace napkins. They are on the finest of linen and appear to be hand-stitched and have a tatted lace edge that is so delicate and beautiful.
There isn't a stain or tear in them. There is one-half inch of lace edging loose on one of them and on another there is a spot where the battenburg cutout needs stitched to prevent fraying. Other than that, they are in pristine condition. Oh, and did I mention that these are no small matter? I didn't measure but I would say each napking is at least 18x18 inches. I was tickled pink!
And no. I didn't find a sweater or a grill.