Plastic doilies- I believe these are vintage, flexible, plastic doilies. They have about a 6-7 inch diameter. I found a bag of 7 doilies (2 different designs) this past Monday. It cost 50 cents for the bag of doilies. I almost passed them up, then I thought I could use them as a "mask" for Glimmer Mist. Boy am I glad I decided to purchase them!
I gave one doily of each design to my friend, Shawna, and she IMMEDIATELY decided to test them out with acrylic paint. She used them like a stencil, with red acrylic paint, and made these beautiful Christmas cards in no time flat...
Woven tape measure- Another vintage find was this tape measure made out of woven fabric. It has been naturally distressed through years of use. It was 25 cents and since I rarely (if ever) see fabric tape measures anywhere, I snatched it up!
I used it on this layout of my mom, my kids, and I at 50's diner in Denver...I thought the vintage tape measure fit in with the old fashioned feel of the diner.
Ledger Books- I found two old ledger paper pads at the thrift store this summer as well. They were 25 cents each. Although I haven't used them yet, I love the look of ledger paper on a layout, and I know I will use them soon! My dream "find" would be a vintage ledger book filled with information in beautiful handwriting!
1995 Disneyland Map- This was for sale for 50 cents at a thrift store...I can't wait to cut it up and use it to embellish layouts of our future trip to Disneyland.
English/Spanish Flashcards- Two weeks ago I found 2 complete sets of these flash cards for $3 each. One side of the cards has the Spanish word/phrase and the other side has the English word and definition. I believe each set has about 600 cards. I was so excited to find these. I bought one set for myself and gave the other set to my friend, Shawna. What she doesn't want, I 'll share with some of my scrapbooking friends.
I have already made 2 layouts using these flashcards...one is about how Maddy "takes care of" Hunter and the other is embellishing a page about Hunter at 5 weeks old! I love these tiny flashcards and I know I will use them on many more layouts to come. I will definitely get my $3 worth out of them!
Vintage Hymnals and Children's Books- I went to a yard sale about 6 weeks ago and "hit the jackpot" on vintage books and hymnals. I picked up about 8 books for 25-50 cents a piece. The handwritten dates in the inside covers and the copyrights ranged from the 1880's-1940's. I am sure I got them for SUPER CHEAP compared to what I would have paid at an antique store!
I tear the pages out of the books to use on my layouts. I also cut the pictures out to create unique, one of a kind embellishments. I made this layout about the "Denver Museum of Miniatures, Dolls, and Toys" using some illustrations of children playing with toys. I got the illustrations (and the type) from a book of Nursery Rhymes dated Christmas of 1889!!!
I have found many more precious items at thrift stores and yard sales...these are just a few of my recent, favorite finds. I always keep my eyes peeled for new treasures...it's so much fun!