ASG Yard Sale fun and profitable

Last Saturday (when I should have been home sewing!), I was at a “fabric and trims” yard sale sponsored by my local American Sewing Guild (ASG) chapter. This is the event where all our members donate the fabric that we can no longer stuff into our storage systems don’t have a use for, and then other members of our same chapter eagerly buy it. Sort of like our own mini-economy, right?

I swore I was not going to buy anything except double-fold bias tape to make the sundresses for a favorite charity of mine, Dress a Girl Around the World. Fail. I did manage to resist purchasing any new patterns or books, though, and I would classify my fabric haul as extremely modest.

Look at some of these vintage packages of trims! I love the rick rack marked “tango” – a nod to the Pantone spring color “tangerine”, eh? Have you ever heard or seen “Penimaid” trims? And what can you buy at the fabric store today for 25 cents???


I bought quite a few pieces that I plan to use in my Kids Sewing Camps this summer. Flannel for doll quilt “batting”, pleather for totes for older girls, and cotton print for who knows what.

Blue cotton printFlannelFlannel sheetPleather

OK. I admit it. This was just for me. But a BIG piece of Emma One Sock black knit for 2 stinkin’ dollars, people? Come on! You know you would have snatched it up too! This will become a swingy sweater coat for fall.

EOS Black knit

A couple of things that might become something for my DGD. The sherpa could become a soft cuddly toy or trim for a jacket. And her momma loves stripes. I know. Maybe these stripes are too wide for a baby, but still.

SherpaCotton knit stripe

And the pièce de résistance—a kimono sleeve. This  will be incorporated into a jacket or vest as an accent piece. LOVE the ikat design and colorway. LOVE.

Kimono Sleeve

For all of you fellow sewists who made it to the sale, it was fun to see you. For those of you who missed it, you only have to wait another 3 or 4 years before we do it again. 😉

Happy sewing!

Maris Olsen

2 Responses to ASG Yard Sale fun and profitable

  1. Sweet stuff Maris! I only spent $20 at the sale and am
    going to rise to the challenge to sew something before my next neighborhood group meeting.

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