Sorry I was running a bit late today! You know how it is, I'm sure. :0) But welcome to Show & Tell! Cindy's topic this week was to show our favorite collection. I'll admit that was a hard one for me, so I'm cheating little. One of my very favorite things to collect is old trims. I'm always looking for them and I have a few old suitcases full of them. (as well as boxes tucked here and there) So you'll understand my excitement as I tell you about one of my most recent finds. I took my girls to Nashville last weekend during thier fall break so that we could do some shopping and have some fun. One of the things we did was spend the day at the flea market. (which, by the way, October is the best time of year for the flea market, it was amazing) We had a very fun day and I found some really fabulous treasures! In the very last booth I stopped in, there was a lady selling fabric and just little box lots of "junk". I was about to walk on out as I was tired and almost out of my cash, but then a little piece of old, tattered lace caught my eye. There was a Walmart bag full of these old lace pieces and I started peeking through and asking, how much is this, and this, and this?? (trying to hide my growing excitement) The shot above shows you the whole lot in the bag. I finally asked the lady if she would just sell me the whole bag and she said, sure $15. I was really low on cash at this point (told you it was an amazing day) and between my daughter and I we had $13 left. She took that.
I'm sooo happy she did. I didn't even look all the way through the bag until several days later, and when I did, it took me almost an hour to get through all of the pieces!! I'm thinking it was probably the find of the year! This lace was old! Really old. And so unusual and beautiful! There are several pieces that are intact and appear to be taken from some very old clothing. While I love to collect this stuff, I will admit I do not know that much about it, so if you see something here that you know more about, will you please let me know? Or if you know of a good reference for antique lace, let me know that too, will you? The above photo still has buttons intact, and those ruffles! Oh my!!
A closer look.
This, I believe is a collar. The ribbon is silk and this whole piece is intact.
The crocheted piece here is a collar too, I believe. There are many, many pieces of lace similiar to the one in this photo. Isn't it stunning?
There are several pieces like these two that appear to be the tops of slips maybe? Some sort of clothing. The one on top takes my breath away!!
This is just a tiny sampling of the many, many types of laces found in that one bag! There really are tons of them! Each one beautiful and so intricate!
I'm not sure what this is, but it's just stunning, yes?
And this piece. It's fully intact and in wonderful condition. I'm not exactly sure what it is, but it appears to be a little bag of some kind?? Anyone out there that can share more information about this would be so appreciated!
This is really just a few high lites of what was in that $13 bag. I'm still in awe at how beautiful they are and how wonderful! I'm not even sure what all I will do with them yet. I know a few pieces are going to some friends. (one who just had a birthday, and one I'm doing a personal swap with) Nicole, my mannequin, will wear a couple of them. Some of the lace will go into Pink Studio Samplers as I love to fill those little boxes with my favorite things. I'm sure my Momma will want some, she hasn't even seen them yet. The rest.....who knows!
Thanks for joining us this week! Please visit Cindy for the list of everyone participating today! Now it's back to work for me!