I love to hit yard sales. My favorite things to look for are vintage crochet or tatting items. Funny thing is, the one thing I almost never find is shuttles.On the weekends, I jump in my truck and head out to the country because I love riding dirt roads. The old houses and barns, the animals, the overall peacefulness are something I can't get enough of. So, with a full tank of gas and cash in my pocket, I was off!
First I stopped at a barn sale in the village of Cottrellsville. That is where I found these:
Two dollars for the whole batch. I was in heaven!
Next, I was out near Algonac and stopped at a yard sale there. After some digging, I unearthed this in a bag:
I don't have any children, but I love love love to crochet baby items. They're always a big seller at craft shows and for baby shower gifts. This batch cost $1.50.
After stopping for some lunch, I was off again. Just wandering aimlessly, I followed a dirt road to another yard sale at an old schoolhouse that someone converted to a home. So much stuff, lots of pottery (another weakness of mine), so I limited myself to $30. I got these:
They were a keeper! $2 each. When I got them home, I realized each issue included a tatting pattern by Myrtle Hamilton. Then, at the same sale I found this:
Three more dollars. OK, deal!
Just as I was leaving my eyes spied these on a little rickety bookshelf:
A measly $1.25 for the bunch. Excellent!
And I was on the road again. One last stop for the day at an antiques shop in Marine City turned up this:
A Kiwi tatting book! I had to have it. Here's some eye candy...
A dressing table set...
And a beaded veil...
That one cost $6, but it was well worth it. There's also more edgings, another veil, additional pieces to the one shown on the cover and some doily patterns. I think it's one of the best books from the 1940s I have ever come across. Finding this one was the icing on the cake of a great day.