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November 27, 2011

Shopping CraigsList

Filed under: Crafts,Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 8:57 AM

Since I joined (very recently) the new millenium and upgraded technology to include a somewhat “smart” phone (Android OS) I have CraigsList at my finger (or rather, thumb) tip. What’s a girl to do but check in more frequently?

I saw an ad that was vague but sounded made for me.

“Box of cross stitch things including 100 units of thread” with no photo and a phone number.  The man who answered the phone said he did not know much about it, except there were all colors of threads and a few hoops. (ha)
Maybe some patterns and materials too.

When he told me where he lived I knew I wanted to go pick up this box regardless of what was in it. How I wish I could have taken pictures of his place.
Imagine your dream log cabin.  And for some of us not one but TWO
(with a third being built) dream log GARAGES.

(I will try to add representative photos from the web to get you started.)

Mike and Frank would swoon, except for the cleanliness of it all. Vintage gas pumps and old car heaven.

He had the box in one garage so invited us inside.

I could see right away it was not only cross stitch things, but having a crafty soul, as well as always looking for things to share, I was still interested. And the price was good.

fabric and hoops

Not exactly as I pictured, but nice enough.

There were not one, or two, but three plastic storage boxes,

Something else that delighted me is several packages of thread cards.
I won’t have to make my own for a while, if ever again.

Can someone help me out? What is this? 

I am guessing it is for winding floss but have no idea how to use it.

Yes, there are also patterns in the box, all of which speak to my country heart
 and others that speak to my love of architectural elements. ( also country.)

You say the boxes and all are nice but were there really over 100 units of floss?
It is all DMC original floss from the 80s or older. Does anyone know how I tell the age?

Besides the carded colors in the boxes (the original DMC wrappers are included – any ideas for a craft using those?) I received almost 300 more skeins.
I apologize. I should have taken this picture using natural light.

I will share what else was in the box  in my next post.  I want to get this linked up to:

Linking to:  Flea Market Finds
The Penny Worthy Project 
Nifty Thrifty Sunday
Thrift Share 
Magpie Monday



  1. Wow that looks like a great deal. I use to do cross stitch and loved all the colors of the thread.

    Comment by Linda @ A La Carte — November 27, 2011 @ 9:07 AM

  2. Makes me want to give Craigslist a try. Can’t wait to see what you do with all of it – I’m sure whatever you make will be fabulous!

    Comment by Paulette Sanderson — November 27, 2011 @ 10:09 AM

  3. Wow, that was quite a purchase! I must say that I have a stash of these same boxes and patterns that were my mother’s and mine from when we did cross-stitch in the 80’s. It’s fun just to look at the colors in the boxes.

    Comment by tammylovesdishes — November 27, 2011 @ 2:06 PM

  4. Wow, what a great buy. It’s great to see its gone to a good home too.

    Comment by Melody — November 27, 2011 @ 2:14 PM

  5. A lovely assortment of crafty things. I’m a cross stitcher myself so can see the potential.

    Is the mystery object a needle threader? If so, you slide the hook through the hole in a needle, hook the floss over the hook, then slide the hook back out of the needle pulling the floss through the hole.

    Comment by minibreakmummy — November 28, 2011 @ 8:35 AM

    • I had not thought of it being a needle threader. That would be useful for my old eyes.

      Comment by DogsMom — November 28, 2011 @ 9:06 AM

  6. A veritable treasure trove for a crafter

    Comment by Kate on Thin Ice — November 28, 2011 @ 9:35 AM

  7. great find – and yes that tool is a needle threader, two ends for different eye sizes! very useful if you have very small ends to finish off in cross stitch

    Comment by sbroadhurst — November 28, 2011 @ 11:00 AM

    • Thank you. This is exciting. I will be trying it out this afternoon.

      Comment by DogsMom — November 28, 2011 @ 1:55 PM

  8. That is some serious stitching bounty! Be great to see what you end up making with it all.

    Comment by lulastic — November 28, 2011 @ 4:16 PM

  9. What great finds you got! Thanks for the visit 🙂

    Comment by SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime — November 28, 2011 @ 8:10 PM

  10. The thing that you don’t know what it is: it’s a needle threader. Two different “hooks” for different size threads/needles. Hole in the middle: I use that to attach it to a ribbon or similar so I don’t lose it.

    Comment by Lynn — November 29, 2011 @ 9:29 AM

    • Thank you. I really had no idea. It is the smallest things that make me happy.

      Comment by DogsMom — November 29, 2011 @ 1:13 PM

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