I'll start going backwards, with a very reasonable selection of binding and buttons from the second church fete I visited.
I also picked up a vintage green and timber card table and pianola stool. Funny story, I saw a woman right in front of me admire the stool and pick it up. I noticed it was split at the bottom though it had been repaired and I wondered if she knew what it was. I approached her and asked if she had noticed the crack. she got all defensive and huffy, especially when I asked nicely if she was taking it. "I've got my hand on it haven't I" she said. "Do you know what it is?" I said. I figured I could live without it but she might be interested to know. "A stool" she said. "Yes, it is a stool for playing the pianola or pedal organ. It is made higher than a regular stool and the seat slopes a bit so that you can comfortably pedal. She was quite interested and friendly then and thanked me for the info. Honestly I wasn't hounding her to get the stool, but I wondered if she knew what she had. Meanwhile I bought the card table and noticed her trying the stool out. A bit later, I realised she had left it. I think she dicovered that it isn't that comfortable for regular sitting. So I then bought the stool for $7 myself. :) I was very happy as I have an antique pedal organ and no stool.
Button closeups.It is surprisingly hard to find pink vintage buttons and the yellow buttons are beautiful.
I had to show those first as they are dwarfed by the first find of the day. Another old church fete.
This string bag is stretched to the max!
And then there were the embroidery threads. I only have a very humble selection. Or at least I USED to have a very humble selection.I need a way to organise all this flossy goodness. Many of them are on handmade repurposed cards. Two on the left are from invitations to the "1962 Debutantes and Belle of the year Ball" as well as another made with an invitation to "His Excellency Governer....". Such interesting provenance. (Learned that word on Antiques Roadshow ;) hahaha )
Then there's the bag full of bias binding, pretty braid, ribbons and lace.
More ricrac than you can poke a stick at:
And last but not least, laces and pompoms. Mostly garden variety but including some gems. The embroidered pompom braid is lovely.
I also picked up some clothing, near new $1 silver sandals for Sarah which were urgently needed and bags, tray, towel rack and mirror for my market stall, odds and ends and a few sweet vintage books.
Oh, and a $4 ORANGE CAKE can't wait to try it! (Just had some, it is delicious! Just as I'd hoped)