1. Spot a humble hand-made sign that reads "Yard Sale".
2. Drive by. Does it look any good?
3. Wow! It does!
4. Start to get excited.
5. Pull over. Glimpse piles of furniture through the trees.
6. Enter a wonderland of antiques - scattered on a giant lawn, under tents, stacked high in garage.
7. Ask husband, "Have I died and gone to heaven?"
As it turned out, this wasn't exactly a yard sale, but the clever marketing tactics of an antiques dealer. I only came with eight dollars cash in my wallet, so it meant browsing only. I spied a huge pinwheel quilt, time-worn and butter-soft, at least a generation or two old. At a regular yard sale, I might have a chance. But this was a dealer, and I'd never seen a hand-quilted vintage gem like that in antique shops for less that $75.
It couldn't hurt to ask.
Me (gingerly): How much are you asking for the quilt that's hanging over there? *smile*
Antique Lady: Oh that one? I'd say that one is...uh...eight dollars?
Exactly the amount I had in my wallet! I tried to act nonchalant so she wouldn't change her mind, emptied out my wallet, hugged it tight and scurried back to the truck. It was MY quilt! It was meant for me! The talented lady who created it must have been smiling down on me from heaven, counting up my change and making my wish come true.
And I won't let her down! You'd think it was my very own family heirloom, I'm so attached to it. The picture above is not it, here is half of it on the clothesline:
The picture at the top of the post is actually another brilliantly lucky find - a handstitched quilt top constructed out of vintage fabrics - scrunched up on the thrift store shelf for three dollars! This woman had a great eye for combining colours (don't you love the maroon and turquoise with the pink?):
I'm going to try and finish it myself as a practice exercise. I've never quilted anything - so I'll try my best not to ruin it!
I almost feel guilty, buying two incredible labours of love for a grand total of eleven dollars. But they're in a good home now, ready for many years of quilt-ly duty.