Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Rescued Treasures

While Marilyn and I visited at a lot of quilt shops on our trip, we also browsed antique shops. Marilyn was looking specifically for old beer signs for her husband, and I searched for vintage linens.

Call me old-fashioned, but I use scarves on my nightstands, an antique buffet, and an antique dresser. I found some wonderful pieces for very reasonable prices.

It was the six-inch crochet on each end of this linen scarf that caught my eye. Even though the piece had some yellowing, I knew the $8.95 price was a steal. After a good wash, most of the yellowing has disappeared, and the scarf fits the buffet nicely. Because of the two doves, I think this scarf was a wedding gift. The linen and lace are in excellent condition, so it was probably only used for special occasions.

This scarf has a delicate edge and minimal embroidery in the corners. The untrimmed edge is the fabric selvage. It fits the dresser well for $2.95.

I love this embroidered and cutwork piece (detail shown above), and the $2.95 price made it even more appealing. Even though some of the cutwork is loose, I love the scarf. It fits the dresser and the buffet.

It was the scalloped edge of this scarf that caught my eye. From the colors, I'm sure it was embroidered in the 1960s or 70s. It fits the dresser and cost $4.00.

This is another "newer" vintage scarf, but I love the lace edge. It also was $4.00 and fits the dresser.
Yes, I know old ladies use handkerchiefs, but with allergies, I'd go broke buying tissues. These handkerchiefs were $1.50 each and are handy to carry in a pocket or purse. One bonus: they will not fill my washing machine with tissue lint if I forget they are in a pocket. I saw many with lace around the edges, but I refused to pay $5.00 for a single handkerchief.


  1. Pretty treasures! I have a small collection of old handkerchiefs--a couple were mine from when I was a little girl and some belonged to my great aunt. She was an elementary school teacher and students used to give them to her as gifts.

  2. Those are beautiful! I have several, similar antique linens from my grandmothers.

  3. so so pretty!!! THEY LOOK NEW all freshly pressed.
    I want to find some pillowcases with embroidery on them......

  4. Wonderful finds...especially like the cut out one.

  5. I use dresser scarves, too! I love them! You found some real beauties, too! Yay!

  6. What beautiful linens. I love them too and often look when we are at estate sales, the problem there is the price. I would have brought home your treasures for those prices as well. g

  7. You found some lovely treasures. They remind me of the ones of my grams that I have.
    Rebel Follower

  8. Great finds... I use dresser scarves at times too. I have a whole drawer full!! I have never heard them called dresser scarves... love that... we call them dollies....

  9. You found some great buys. I love the cutwork one.

  10. I used to use dresser scarves all the time. I loved ironing them..they look so fresh and pretty. I began a collection..and even made a few myself. I wonder will they ever come back in fashion again? You got them for a good price:)

  11. I didn't know it was old fashioned to use linens. Tomeless style I would call it! We love our linens, always have table clothes and napkins.
    Great finds, well done


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