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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Retro Tablecloths

I accompanied Ken and his sister to their family home last weekend, to start cleaning out the house in order to put it on the market. I've written a post about it on my other blog, but decided post these photos here, as they might appeal to the people who read this blog instead of Patra's Other Place. We found all these tablecloths and doilies in the kitchen drawers, badly stained and in some cases torn. SIL was going to throw them out, saying nobody would want them. They aren't embroidered, but they are very 'retro' (I don't use that word as a rule, but apparently it is the 'in' word to describe anything from the forties and fifties), and I have seen them sell well at auctions etc. Printed tablecloths used to be found by the dozen at Savers and other opshops years ago, but they rarely turn up there now. I spent a couple of days soaking, washing and ironing these cloths, and I'm very happy with the way they've come up. I don't know if I'll keep any of them; I'll ask SIL if she wants them, and if she doesn't, I'll probably sell them. If I keep any, this is the one I would choose. Love the cups and saucers design!


Sherri said...

Wow, what a treasure! They all cleaned up beautifully. I think I would keep the cups and saucers, too.

Annie said...

Hi Gina... Thanks for your comment on my luggage tags. I think I might hesitate to use them as well for fear of theft. But maybe not since then I'd have a reason to make more!

What a cool collection. I'm sure there will be takers for a lot of these things.

And congrats on your win at the show. Your kitty is so cute. Sometimes the simplest pieces are the most effective!

Miss 376 said...

What a lovely collection of treasures you've got here. Not surprised about the teacups, lol.

zetor said...

Such lovely cloths, I really like the vintage linens.

Eggs In My Pocket / Yesteryear Embroideries said...

They are so worth saving! You did a great job at cleaning them. blessings,Kathleen