I recently went to a local estate sale and walked away with multiple yards of fun cotton fabric.
Plaids and stripes in 100% cotton are always useful. Several of these shirts were still in the original packaging - never worn! And, as they're mostly size 3 Extra Large, I walked away with yards of fabric for less than $10!
I always wash my estate sale finds in hot water before adding them to the plaids and stripes shirt stash.
The same estate sale also had a large selection of 100% cotton Hawaiian shirts. Often this style of shirt is only found in blends (usually rayon), so I was pretty excited to find cotton. Again, several of them were in unopened packages and all were size 3 Extra Large.
I've been saving ideas for quilts using Hawaiian-themed fabrics, as well as ideas for Hawaiian shirt memory quilts, so these were a great find for my stash. If you want to see the prints a little closer, click on the picture for a better view.
I also had a lucky run with finding some vintage calendar and tea towels when I visited my mom in Florida last week.
The flower power calendar towel in the center was just too much fun to pass up! I can see the dogs as the center of a medallion quilt with lots of bright curved piecing and maybe some orange peels for the borders. No specific plans for the others - I just couldn't leave them behind after finding them. The Holly Hobbie calendar on the top right is from 1976 - the American Bicentennial. The bottom right towel is a Waverly print. The chicks and bird houses on the bottom left look like they could've been printed last week. And the blueberries on the top left are full of saturated color.
I think the joy of the hunt is what makes these so special. It's not difficult to find vintage textiles via eBay & Etsy these days, but it's a lot more fun to track them down for yourself!